Do You Use an Online Travel

Some travelers like to take photos, some like to write about their travels, and some only want to enjoy the moment. This article is written for the first two types of travelers; the photographers and the writers. The others will have to live off their memories without any prompts from audio-visuals.

Now, I know that you may not consider yourself either a writer or a photographer based on the results of the reporting of your personal travels. But, if you put your travel information and photos on Facebook, YouTube, MySpace, a blog, or any other social networking site, you are a writer and a photographer already — and a published one at that.

O.K, I didn’t say you were a professional writer or photographer, but in my opinion you still qualify for both terms. Keeping a travel journal is not designed as a step to becoming a professional writer. It is designed to preserve and share your travel memories. Who knows, your journal might be the first step toward becoming a professional. Stranger things have happened.

Whether you want to systematize your writing and your photographs while traveling, or do it from notes when you return from your trips, a good vehicle for doing this is an online journal.

What is an online travel journal? Think of an online journal as a personal travel diary which can be used at will, opened to or closed to the public, and is kept up through an internet based service. You can log in daily or keep notes and log in when you have time later. You can upload your descriptions or your photographs from anywhere in the world where there is an internet connection.

In the past a travel journal was usually a physical notebook or bound journal in which a traveler wrote down his impressions or thoughts about his or her travels. Before you could share your travels with family and friends, you first had to write up you experience, make copies of your pictures, and usually prepare a presentation folder for them to see.

With the advent of the internet all that has changed. You no longer have to wait until you are back home to start sharing. Today, with an online journal you can almost instantaneously share your impressions of your travel destinations with descriptions and photos.

Where do I get an online travel journal? Online, of course. Do an online search for the key words “online travel journals” and you will have numerous sites from which to choose. I have personally checked out over a dozen online diaries sources that are available for your use.

Most sites have a “free” version and a “fee” version. There are some additional features with the “fee” version, but the major difference is in the amount of storage space available for your use. Take the “free” one. You can upgrade to the “fee” one if you find you are running out of space.

Lamar Ross is an author, educator, photographer, internet entrepreneur, and international traveler. He has a special interest in training individuals for expatriate living and providing information on unique travel destinations. He has lived in the United States, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and India and has traveled extensively in 29 different countries. He speaks both English and Spanish fluently and has a basic ability in several other languages.

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