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5 tips to write a great travel diary

Non classé | 2019-03-08 14:00:37

5 tips to write a great travel diary

Effetmer Travelers and EQ is the story of a meeting, one beautiful autumn morning. It was love at first sight for a project that really chimed with us, for a couple who were globe trotters at heart and had set off on something that many people dream of doing one day – a journey round the world.

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This journey of a lifetime in quest of inspiration, discovery and encounters, authentic experiences are related with real flair by Perrine and Max in their effetmer travelers blog . But also via their travel log which is written in their own style, and where adventures, confessions and love are conveyed beautifully. We asked Perrine to give us some tips for an inspiring, timeless and original travel diary. Read with caution, this may make you want to escape from it all at the end of it!

« Each journey is synonymous with encounters, discoveries, learning new things and anecdotes that make the journey unique and authentic! It seemed important to me and inevitable that we would write down this flood of memories in a travel diary every day.
As soon as I started travelling, I began to write a travel diary day after day that detailed our plans for that day, the routes we took, our encounters, discoveries, toils and troubles, good addresses and so on. I love taking time out to do this every evening, to remember the memorable moments from that day. It’s a time for mindfulness, a time that is very personal and is also just so I can take stock of my day! Often I add a little note about my mood, state of mind, things I thought about, questions I asked, and so on. It’s not always easy to embark on this kind of « work » but I guarantee you that years later you’ll be happy to go through your various diaries and realise how much you’ve forgotten some things, and how much others change you for life. To help you take the plunge, I’m giving you my 5 top tips for a unique diary that really reflects you: »

1. Choice of diary


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« First of all, and a very important stage, one of my favourites, is choosing your diary! You must want to open this little book every day. But how do you choose a good one? The first thing you need to bear in mind is the size. The one I like best is A5 maximum so I can take it everywhere with me. You could also go for a smaller size but I wouldn’t necessarily advise that because it’s not practical for writing much in or sticking things into. On the other hand, it could be a little smaller than A5, square-shaped for example, the main thing is that a double page gives you a good surface for creating things on. Then the next most important point is the paper quality, the grammage. I generally choose a slightly thicker paper so I can draw and do watercolours on it. But that all depends on your personal preferences. There are also notebooks with different types of paper inside, and I think that’s lovely because it gives a certain pace to your account. But the most important thing, and the thing that will decide if you buy it or not, is just getting that « love at first sight » feeling when you buy it. I have to admit, as soon as I see one I like, I buy it, so that means I always have 4 to 5 notebooks in advance at my place 🙈. »

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2. What other materials do you need?


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« Now you know how to buy your perfect notebook, let’s move on to the other materials you need! The other stuff all depends on your personal preferences and how much time you have. Personally, I always prefer to have too much than too little 😂. I therefore chose to go off on this tour of the world with my 5 black Fabercastel pens (with different nib sizes), coloured felt tips mainly to write the titles, drawing pencils, rubber, pencil sharpener, scissors, a stick of glue and also liquid glue, a ruler, my watercolours, a painting knife, two brushes, a dip pen, two clips to hold my sheets of paper and rolls of decorative sticky tape. All that will go in a pencil case and the box of watercolours is separate. »

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3. Adding to your materials


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« Once you have your DIY materials pencil case ;), I advise you to add to it as you travel. There are so many lovely things in each country, I more especially bought ink in India (you have to, don’t you), and we got two wooden stamps made in the streets of Hanoi, one with the blog’s logo and another designed as a signature with our two first names, which was an amazing souvenir and I also bought the Chinese ink that is still typically red from China and I also buy stamps quite often that I use for collages. This is just a short list of what you can add to your pencil case, and you’ll see that you’ll start being creative and things will just come to you as you go! »

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4. Wandering for inspiration


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« Every day you’re going to do something or see new things, and all of it will give you good copy for creating something when the evening comes. In fact, I’m gathering things all through the day; it could be the entrance pass for a monument, a train ticket, a bill, a flower, a newspaper, some paper you found on the ground, etc. I keep all of it safe and then in the evening I spread it all out flat on the table and have fun making little collages, writing on it, drawing, etc. Let your imagination run wild, enjoy yourself, write down everything that comes into your head, but more than anything HAVE FUN WITH IT! »

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5. The bonus tip: add Polaroid photos


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« After a few weeks of keeping my travel diary in Chile, I quickly felt like something was missing, because there were things I wanted to put in my diary but that couldn’t be conveyed by text or drawings… So in the middle of the Atacama Desert in the city of Iquique, I started looking for a Polaroid camera and two days later I was able to take photos and stick them directly into my notebook. This one tiny thing changed everything, and I was able to immortalise encounters, unusual situations and 5 years later I’m still just as thrilled to open up this diary and rediscover it all… »

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I hope that all this advice has made you want to start your own travel diary; feel free to share photos of your diaries with #effetmertraverlersbulletjournal and if you’re lacking inspiration, Instagram and Pinterest are incredible sources to draw from. These are my favourite accounts:

@noor-unnahar
@frznflwrs
@miavibes

Discover the adventures of Perrine and Max on their effetmer travelers blog. Also follow them on Instagram for lots of daily inspiration: @effetmertravelers

 

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