Introduction April 2007
For anyone running across this, it may seem weird and a little out of order. I am writing this down almost 3 years after it has happened. Why? Well, frankly, it’s because I'm lazy. I put it off because I couldn’t decide how I wanted to put them together. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to finish writing them out by hand or on the computer. Now I have to go back into my travel journal and re-read it all. I don’t mind thought because I love remembering it all. My written journal isn’t finished either though and I had to write to Sarah, who I know kept really good notes about the places we stopped. I came back from my first big trip and I don’t think I documented things properly. As I write this part, I have yet to pull out my journal from whichever drawer it’s hiding in, collecting dust and pull together all my
photos, brochures & all the other fun stuff that I collected on my trip. I want to put everything together and have an actual written account of things before I completely forget it all, but I’ve always had an excuse for not finding the time. I went back to college and I’m taking Travel & Tourism and being in this course has made me realize even more how much of the world I desperately want to see. But in doing this, I also want to remember it all. Not just memories in photographs, but I want to remember the thoughts and emotions that I experience for each new thing I see. Who knows? Maybe I’ll never travel anywhere. Maybe I’ll travel everywhere. I at least know that I want as much of it documented as I can.
The things that I’ve learned from this last trip are:
-Pictures. Take LOTS and LOTS of pictures. The more the better and you can always sort them thru them after.
-Another thing is you should grab as many brochures and flyers and such from all the places that you visit as you can. I ended up making a giant scrapbook from all my photos and used all of those things as little decorations and such. They also helped out a lot when it came to remembering the places we visited.
-Also, keep with you a little notebook. It can be just a tiny one. Write down all the names of the places you stop at or even drive thru or by. There were so many glimpses of small places that remain etched in my memory and I have no idea where they were.
Next time….I will be better prepared