Some years ago, I took an extended trip to Europe. During that vacation, I kept a travel journal in which I made notes of the places I visited, the people I met and the events that occurred. I still get out that travel journal and read through some of the entries. The problem with the journal was that the entries were not easy to share. I still had to write postcards and letters to my family and friends.
Now, with the advent of blogs (web logs) your travel journal can also serve as a way
of sharing your vacation with your family and friends. Your friends will be able to
immediately read about your adventures as soon as you’ve written about them. No
need to buy stamps or send letters via snail mail.
Because you’re writing a blog, there’s also no need to send out multiple emails
either. Write it once and your done. Your friends and family can subscribe to your
blog and they are automatically notified when you make an entry. Additionally, your
friends can make comments on your blog post that are available for others to see,
giving your friends an opportunity to actively participate in your vacation.
The best part about your blog is that while you are sharing your vacation with your
family and friends, you’ll also be making a record of your vacation so that you’ll be
able to easily remember what you did and reminisce about the great times or the
challenges that you faced.
Because blogs are web-based, you can make an entry from any location that has
access to the Internet. Many of my friends have started to make regular trips to an
Internet cafe a standard part of their vacations. Many hotels also offer and Internet
terminal that you can use for a few minutes.
There are many websites where you can post your blog for free. Many of them even
allow you to post pictures. Some blogs even specialize in travel logs. Two of my
Travellerspoint – Allows you to create a public travel
blog or a private travel diary that is password protected for selected viewers.
TravelBlog – Provides blog space and allows for unlimited photos
in your travel journal.
If you’ve got the travel bug, but can break away from work or don’t have appropriate
funds, you can go on a virtual vacation by subscribing to a travel blog that someone
else is keeping. You may also want to read through a blog of someone who’s been
to the destination that you’re planning to visit. You’ll get first hand travel tips and
advice for that destination.
A travel blog can enhance your vacation by allowing your friends and family to
participate as well as creating a record of the trip that you can enjoy later. Make
sure you create one for your next vacation.