Tomorrow I will be moving to Ecuador, South America for 2 months to conduct some public health research. While I’m there, my goal is to learn from my experiences, from those of others and create something that will impact people’s lives positively even after I’m gone. As I do all of this, I’ll also take some time to explore as much of the country as possible – inevitably.
Whenever I travel, I keep a detailed daily journal. Although I enjoy doing it, it is no small feat; especially if you’ve been up and about all day and just want to sleep when you get into bed. However, I’ve found that no matter how tired I am, I write. It allows me to reflect on the day and it’s also a great memento for me to look back on long after the trip is over.
Now and again I flick through my old journal entries to relive some of my trips and it’s just amazing to me when I find some written memories that I had definitely forgotten; like the way a certain food tasted, the way a situation made me feel, or even letters from people I’ve met during my travels.
Why am I telling you this? I’ve decided to share some of my journaling with all of you as part of a mini-series on my blog called “The Ecuador Journals”. Every week for the 8 weeks I’ll be away, I’ll be documenting a summary of my week in short posts and pictures. I’ll still journal every day, but you probably don’t want to read that. haha.
What do you think about travel journals? Do any of you keep one? Let me know in the comments.
Go confidently in the direction of your dreams- Henry David Thoreau
thank you for reading!
Look out for the first post next Sunday.
Same footprints, different sands