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TravelJournaling.com is Moving!

After nearly a decade at this domain, TravelJournaling.com will soon be moving its content to Dave Fox's nifty new website, Globejotting.com: A Home for Global Storytelling. In addition to the content found here, Globejotting also contains travel tales and tips, humor columns, and advice to help you write your own stories. And the site is looking for guest writers too. If you've got stories to share with the world, be sure to check out the site's writers' guidelines.

Once articles are moved from here to the new site, links from TravelJournaling.com will be in place to easily redirect you to the new links. Until then, enjoy these articles... and when you're done, come check out the new Globejotting.com. You'll find lots of fun stories and useful advice for people who love to write and travel!

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"Globejotting" and "Getting Lost" Now on Kindle! (And Still in Paperback!)

Both of Dave Fox's travel books are now available for download on Kindle! Globejotting: How to Write Extraordinary Travel Journals (and still have time to enjoy your trip!) teaches all you need to know to write exciting and meaningful accounts about your travel adventures. Getting Lost: Mishaps of an Accidental Nomad is Dave's collection of humorous tales about his own international travels. The print editions of both books are also available on Amazon, or you can order autographed copies directly from Dave!

Globejotting: How to Write Extraordinary Travel Journals (and still have time to enjoy your trip!)

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Getting Lost: Mishaps of an
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Every journey has two parallel experiences — the external, in which we observe the world around us, and the internal, in which we visit new places within ourselves. When we weave these two journeys together through our writing, we end up with vivid accounts of our trips — keepsakes that help us remember our travels for years to come. A travel journal is the ultimate souvenir.

The word, "souvenir," comes from the French verb for "to remember." A souvenir is a memory. What do we usually think of when we think of souvenirs? I think of the T-shirt vendors who hang out outside the Colosseum in Rome. For five euros (or the equivalent in US dollars or Japanese yen), they'll sell you a T-shirt with a sketch by Michaelangelo or a picture of the Colosseum. Tourists go crazy over these cheap "souvenirs." They think they're a bargain. Then they take them home, put them in the washing machine, toss them in the drier, and when they take them out, their souvenir shirts have shrunk so much, they won't even fit a cat. And we call that a memory?

Travel journals don't shrink. They endure. They help our journeys resonate in our minds for years to come.

When people travel, one of the most important items on their packing list — second only to clean underwear — is usually a camera. We travel to new places and we want to bring back memories. I have always loved photography, but on a trip several years ago, I realized that my camera wasn't enabling me to document the full experience of my travels. Taking pictures deals exclusively with what we see. When we journal, on the other hand, we can write down all of our senses — not only what we see, but also what we hear, smell, taste, feel, and so on. We can describe the people we meet and the places we visit. And more importantly, whereas photography allows us only to look outward, in a travel journal, we can also capture what's going on in our mind.

This website is designed to help you get more out of your travel journaling. After you read through the articles here, there are travel journaling exercises you can try at home to help you practice, and hone your writing skills before your next trip.

The articles here are rough drafts from my new book. Globejotting: How to Write Extraordinary Travel Journals (And Still Have Time to Enjoy Your Trip) is published by Inkwater Press. Autographed copies are available from this website and at great book stores everywhere. (If your local bookseller doesn't have it in stock, they can special-order copies through the Partners, and Baker & Taylor book distributors.)

For more information on my upcoming travel journaling classes, or to hire me to speak at your group's event, please see my Classes page. And for all of my latest articles, classes, and more, sign up for my free e-mail newsletter.

The links on the left will take you through the articles and exercises on this site. The "Resources" section consists of books I recommend for travel journalers.

All types of journaling can teach us a lot about ourselves. But as you'll read in these pages, travel journaling is special. Travel changes us and frees our personalities in ways that don't happen when we're at home.

I hope you enjoy these articles and exercises. If you have questions or comments, I'd love to hear from you. Send me an e-mail!

Dave Fox

About Dave Fox

Dave Fox is an award-winning travel and humor writer, and a former tour guide for Rick Steves' Europe. Born in the United States, he has lived in Norway, England, and Turkey. He currently resides in Singapore, where he works as a freelance writer and writing coach. He has visited roughly 50 countries on five continents. "I'm fascinated with the psychology of travel," he says, "...with how we view ourselves when we're in a foreign place."

In 2004, Dave won the Erma Bombeck Writers' Workshop Book Proposal Contest sponsored by the University of Dayton, Ohio. His resulting collection of travel humor essays, Getting Lost: Mishaps of an Accidental Nomad, was originally published in 2006 by AuthorHouse Books. A second, re-edited and improved edition was published in 2008 by Inkwater Press, along with Dave's second book, Globejotting: How to Write Extraordinary Travel Journals (And Still Have Time to Enjoy Your Trip). Both books have been on Amazon.com's Travel Bestsellers list.

A former news anchor for Wisconsin Public Radio, Dave has contributed to books by Rick Steves and Lonely Planet. His work has also appeared in travel magazines such as Transitions Abroad, Trips, and Big World, Singapore Airlines' in-flight magazine, and newspapers including the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Portland Oregonian, Dallas Morning News, and Wisconsin State Journal. He has appeared on the History Channel travel program, Weird U.S., as an expert on Scandinavian-American culture, and has been an opening speaker for Princess Märtha Louise of Norway.

Dave offers online humor and travel writing classes, as well as one-on-one writing and humor coaching to help aspiring writers find their unique voice. His travel journaling classes have been recommended in the Wall Street Journal. He is also available to deliver informative and humorous keynotes for organizations and special events. You can reach him by e-mail at dave@davethefox.com.


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