Japan Closing Advice
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August 28th, 2008 – by: skitzcw
I basically wrote an entry for every day I was in Japan. What a good idea. So what have I learned from this social project and what do I suggest for people who want to keep a travel blog?
â€˘ Write Selectively. Donâ€™t spend as much time as I did/do writing about everyday as if it were the highlight of your entire trip because it will take up all of your time and you will be as addicted as I am. I kept an excel file with a two-column table indicating the date and activity. I filled this in everyday before I slept just to summarize the main things that happened. Each activity box only had bulleted events like â€śuniversity trip ďż˝" paraglidingâ€ť or â€ścapsule hotelâ€ť to spark my memory.
â€˘ Maintain personal style when writing.
â€˘ Carry around a Notepad or type it into your iPhone. My back pocket always had a pen and notepad ready to write down the next observation. I had filled 5 little 50 page notebooks before leaving Japan. If youâ€™re not a writer, have one handy anyway to keep track of expenses, write down important Japanese phrases, and collect numbers from girls you meet at clubs (especially Gai-jin clubs ďż˝" no problem whatsoever).
â€˘ Take pictures, but donâ€™t forget to look around. My camera had grown its own hunger to capture everything and anything my eyes saw, but donâ€™t live your life through that small LCD screen. Sometimes you just have to fight the urge, and keep it safe in your mind. The pictures are supposed to aid your memories, not replace them. Donâ€™t forget to bring extra memory cards, battery chargers, and an external storage device to transfer all 20 GB of pictures (maybe that last one is just for me).
â€˘ Find your own writing routine. My personal routine of writing is during my commute to and from school. When I was in Japan, I wrote during some of the late nights when I was left alone in my little room without Internet or television. An active trip will not have this free time to stay at home and write.
â€˘ Fool around with different writing styles. I found it boring writing the same way every day as a chore so I approached every blog entry with a different perspective. There are days where I feel like writing serious reviews and other times where I let myself drift off into a random trail. You can write stories about yourself in the third person if youâ€™d like, but I think exploring different writing styles will keep the memories interesting.
My next adventure is Europe. I will be there for at least 4 months studying at Hamburg University starting in March. The blogging and copious amount of pictures will continue when Iâ€™m there. Iâ€™m considering focusing on actually offering factual information about the places I visit, but I think too many other sites do this. Iâ€™d like to find a happy mixture of expressing my experiences, adding my little quirks and side stories, and giving useful advice for travelers.
~See Lemons Wait for the Next Adventure
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