Thanks for coming back, my travel journalers. This will be our last week of big downloads. We’ll go through the rest of the daily prompts today, then next week we’ll have a wrap up. If this is your first week, you can find links to previous lessons and downloads from the first week of class.
So let’s get started…
I love to laugh. I know when I’m not laughing, it’s because I need to take care of myself better. I’m tired, I’m depressed, and I’m not myself. I laugh daily. Loudly. From my gut. It’s required for my mental health. There is no better time to laugh than when you’re on vacation. Laugh when you shouldn’t — because something went wrong, because something so disastrous just happened that your whole trip will be affected. Laugh because your child said something so funny that you can’t help it. I use Twitter to keep track of those funny things my kids say. They know if they say it, and I laugh, it’s likely going out on Twitter just so I can have a record of what they said. My mom keeps a little journal where she’s been writing down funny things her grandkids have said over the last 16 years. What a treasure that journal is. Here’s your spot in your journal to write down what has made you laugh. Feel free to come back to this prompt throughout the trip and add to it. Funny doesn’t just happen once. It happens all the time.
Whether the weather is hot, cold, windy or calm, it will likely have affected your trip in some way at this point. Day Five will address this huge factor relating to your trip.
One of my favorite things about going to Disneyland is being able to sit outside to eat. We can’t do that back home due to the almost constant wind, and widely varying temperatures. California has gorgeous weather, with little to no wind (at least compared to back home). The weather made our trip truly memorable. By contrast, the spring break trip we took just a few months ago was downright dreary due to the weather. It was gray and rainy almost every day. The trip actually ended with us almost getting snowed in on our mountain in Missouri — for the second time in 2010.
Tell how the weather is affecting your trip. Include a printed forecast, or snap a screenshot of your computer’s weather bug for your vacation area. There are so many ways you can make this multimedia. I don’t suggest adding a snowball to your journal, though. That gets messy.
Day Six asks you to hand your journal over to someone else. I had my 10 year old daughter and 15 year old son each create an entry. You can ask your husband to dictate (because mine would never actually write, but might tell me and I can write it down), have your 3 year old draw a picture of her favorite thing you’ve done, or you can do it interview style and ask every member of your group the same two or three questions about your trip so far. Just get someone else’s view of the trip on paper.
One of the most annoying things my husband does when we’re counting down to vacation is to countdown to the end of the trip, instead of the beginning. For example, I’ll say, “Two weeks from tomorrow and we’ll be leaving for vacation.” He’ll say, “Three weeks from tomorrow we’ll be packing to come home.” Oh, it bugs me more than you can imagine. However, Day Seven’s prompt is about that moment when you start thinking about going home. In 2007, we spent 13 fabulous days at Walt Disney World. It was a magical trip, but by Day 11, we were ready to think about going home. However, before we did that, we sat on our hotel beds and made a list of everyone’s favorites — rides, meals, snacks, shows. We also listed things we had missed that we wanted to be sure not to miss on our final day. I later used that information to create layouts for my printed album. Day Seven gives you space to not only record those things, but to make notes to yourself for next trip.
Finally, Day Eight is your spot to write about the trip home. Our trip home over Spring Break was actually the most eventful we’ve ever had. We drove straight into a blizzard and there were honestly times when I would have stopped and checked into a hotel rather than battle the messy roads. Other times, my son will absolutely infuriate me by needing to stop to use the restroom a half dozen times during the five hour trip. We know where every restroom is between Branson and our house. It boggles my mind that he never has these restroom issues at the start of our trip, but only on the way home.
Before you go to bed on the night you get home, don’t forget to add the story of your trip home to your journal. You’ll forget as you get into all those things you do when you get home — unpack, laundry, back to work, etc. Do it while it’s fresh, then set your journal aside. We’ll come back to it in a week or so. For now, finish that last entry and pat yourself on the back. Job well done.
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