So when I'm in a new place I don't want to take it for granted and miss anything because I've got my eyes glued to a laptop. I choose to have a actual travel experience instead - as it's pretty hard to write about something you haven't being paying attention to.
So without further ado - here are my top tips for blogging while travelling...
- I don't like to carry much when I'm out and about.
The less you lug around the more flexible you can be. I hate being weighed down with lots of stuff while travelling, stuff just makes me tired. So the most I'll ever carry on me is my wallet, phone, keys, camera and jacket/sunnies/hat/gloves (weather dependant).
- Just my camera and me.
I take photos of everything. Not just the 'time consuming, planned compositions, national geographic-quality' photos you see regularly on somewhere... beyond the sea, but also info signs, plaques, menus, street signs. Anything with information on that I can reference later to make my writing process quicker.
- And a cute notebook and pen for when I get back to my bed.
Before laying my head down to sleep I jot down notes from the day - thoughts, observations, feelings, people I met, things I saw, and highlights I want to remember. At this stage everything is still fresh enough in my mind to capture in words.
- If I get an idea, or hear a line I absolutely want to remember word-for-word I record it on my phone.
- Plus I keep all the bits and pieces that I gather while out and about.
- Take note of the quirks.
- Remember your senses.
- And lastly, have fun. Travel is the best thing ever!
travel notebooks - a gift from my Mum
Just a simple notes app does the trick.
Ticket stubs, maps, info leaflets and business cards are a great memory jogger when writing a blog post later.
What's the one thing you notice that you've never seen before anywhere else that makes this place special?
I take mental-notes on what I'm seeing, smelling, eating, hearing, touching... for me to write down later (see tip #3).