Today, I was surprised to find my old travel journal that I kept while on my first ever trip to Europe. Back in 1992, I went on one of those whirlwind group tours. To my surprise, I actually did a bit of Slow Travel back then by adding a couple of independent days in London at the beginning of my tour and a full week in Paris at the end.
Reading my journal brought back a flood of memories and really enforces the importance of maintaining a journal while traveling. And oh my how the Internet and social media has changed many things about how we travel and how we journal and share our experiences. These days my blog has taken the place of a spiral notebook and pen. And as you can tell by my horrible penmanship, this is a good thing.
Here's an example of one of my earlier entries:
I find it interesting that although technology and the Internet has changed the face of Travel since 1992, some things really never change.
- I still can't stand that long plane ride! I don't think this will ever change either. He, he.
- I still can't stand plane food! . . . Ditto
- Travel continues to be a passion in my life.
- It was interesting to read that I had feelings of fear.
These days I don't experience any fears other than the usual pre-trip jitters. These days I find myself looking forward to my new experiences and I embrace the opportunity that traveling gives to me. These days, you might say that I have more of a "bring it on" travel attitude.
Yes, it's funny how some things never change and for me thank goodness that there are many other things that do and will change.
My trip planning is moving along but because of the 2012 London Olympics and summer distractions I'm a bit behind. Stay tuned though as I have been working on a couple of pre-trip posts about my 2012 South America Travel Adventures. :)
Hope you all have been enjoying your summer!