My journal has been my friend when I didn’t have one, my proof when I needed some, and my memories forever!
I would recommend everyone to travel with a journal. When you are in the midst of experiencing your trip of a lifetime sometimes it can be burdensome to remember to pick up your pen and jot down what happened. All I can tell you is that you will thank yourself later when you can’t recall the name of the town in the south of France you wizzed through on your tandem bicycle, or what the food was that you ate with the potato thingy in India, or who the guy was on the train in Amsterdam with the concept for a working hovercraft; he was probably on drugs.
The point is that once we return from our travels it is so easy for us to forget the little details. Without a journal, the tidbits simply slip through the cracks of your stories told over and over to your friends.
I have revisited my journal entries countless times and I am amazed at what I had no memory of until reading my handwriting on the pages. It truly is like reliving that experience all over again because the you that wrote those words is the you that was there!
PS: The best journals are the unlined, spiral bound ones!! Sometimes you have to look harder for these, but trust me, it’s worth it!