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How to Journal your Heritage Tourism trip

Updated on September 11, 2014

My personal journal


Journal your planning, your trip, and your reporting on return from your trip

This article will encourage you to keep a journal of your heritage tourism planning, your heritage tourism trip, and how and where you report on your trip when you return. This article will speak only to preparing print journal entries, but you can apply it to digital journal entries, if you wish.

The photo is one I took recently of my personal journal. Does it remind you of ours?

Keeping a Journal of your trip planning and trip

Do you keep a journal of your planning and your trip?

Winter in Yellowstone National Park; Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Winter in Yellowstone National Park; Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
Winter in Yellowstone National Park; Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

My sketch book

Sketch Book
Sketch Book

Sketch Book

Do you sketch in your journal or keep a separate sketch book?

During my travels, I like to take time to stop and sketch what I see. Do you do that?

Do you keep your sketches in your journal or in a separate sketch book. This is my sketch book.

I use both black and colored pens and pencils for my sketches.

My own sketches

Tree Sketch
Tree Sketch | Source

Sketch of tree and brook in my sketch book

Here, as a sample, I sketched some trees along a brook, in Colorado.

I'm not an artist, by any means, but these sketches help me remember some of the details of my travels. Being relaxed, and taking the time to do sketches along the way, is also beneficial, of course.

Do you do sketches as you travel?

Reporting on travels - There are many alternatives; what do you do to report?

These three links share three levels of reporting on heritage tourism trips after-the-fact.

The first is my retirement blog, where I routinely report all of our trips.

The second is my Heritage Tourism lens created after the trip, for general interest in the area we visited.

The third is a special, specific lens I created after the trip to recognize a performer we enjoyed while we were on the trip.

Random sketches in my sketch book

Random Sketches
Random Sketches | Source

Other sketching while I travel

What is your experience?

When I am traveling, I find my creative mind occasionally just kicks in and I want to sketch what comes to my mind - related to this particular trip or not. Does this ever happen to you?

Therefore, I keep a separate section in the sketch book (and the journal, for that matter) for these random thoughts. I think this is valuable


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