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Press ‘Pause’ - the benefits of a Travel Journal

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Press ‘Pause’ - the benefits of a Travel Journal

        The pace of modern living is certainly one of the things we find most challenging. From morning to evening, there seems to be a barrage of people and events and things vying for our attention.     In the same breath, I think it’s fair to say that most of us know (even if it’s somewhere deep down inside us) that giving ourselves some form of ‘pause’ is healthy in so man ways. Mentally, it helps calm your outlook; physically, it alters your pace in good ways; emotionally, it leaves a vestige of hope that life...

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Drawing The Line - a primer on travel journal sketching

Drawing The Line - a primer on travel journal sketching

  This is a page from the sketchbook I have in Zihuatanejo with me. This gives me the opportunity to just play with the lines and the shapes without any kind of judgement….and it’s all good practice.    One of the most enduring challenges people tell me they face when contemplating keeping a Travel Journal is that they’re not an ‘artist’. The simplest response here is - you don’t have to be.     I’ll give you one important and very simple trick to start getting around that conundrum. Like lots of things in life, you’ll have to give it...

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Travel Can Change Who You Are - the curious role of fate.

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Travel Can Change Who You Are - the curious role of fate.

The sheer solitude of the Arctic is stunning - getting up before everyone else to be greeted by this scene makes me feel blessed. I remember that morning so clearly because I just gave myself time to ‘pause’ for a moment to take it all in.    I’m going to guess that, at some point during at least one of your travel experiences, you’ve had some kind of epiphany - big or small. Something has happened to you, to someone you’re travelling with, or to those around you and the result is a whole new perspective on life. These blogs...

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Simple Bare Necessities

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Simple Bare Necessities

This watercolour sketch was done after I got home from our epic paddle trip down parts of the Missouri River in Montana.     For all the years and different places I’ve taught about keeping a Travel Journal, one of the most enduring questions I get is: How would I ever figure out what to take in a Travel Journal Kit?’ Fortunately, the answer to this conundrum is pretty straightforward.   Other than the journal itself, you can see how compact your Travel Journal Kit can be - so no reason not to try it out!      For the...

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Don’t Be Lost To History!

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Don’t Be Lost To History!

  Don’t Be Lost To History - keeping a Travel Journal is a wonderful way to leave a legacy   I spent the bulk of my career in the Museum/Heritage field, and a significant part of that time was waorking in an Archives. That space was filled with letter and diaries, business records, historic photos, maps and so much more.     Something happened there one day that changed my whole perspective.     A woman came to the Archives looking to find something about one of her ancestors. She knew when they were born and died, and I believe she knew...

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