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Whoa I started to read this back when I was heading to India last year I couldn t finish it and the enormity of the trip mixed with my inability to keep a travel journal won over my good intentions Nonetheless, I have made it my mission this year to keep a travel journal Everyone raves about this book and with good reason Ms Spalding s candor helps you see the act of journaling as one of self discovery She helps you see the benefits of keeping a real journal though she doesn t blame you Whoa I started to read this back when I was heading to India last year I couldn t finish it and the enormity of the trip mixed with my inability to keep a travel journal won over my good intentions Nonetheless, I have made it my mission this year to keep a travel journal Everyone raves about this book and with good reason Ms Spalding s candor helps you see the act of journaling as one of self discovery She helps you see the benefits of keeping a real journal though she doesn t blame you if you want to keep a blog and how to make it a fun, creative experience It is one of the most entertaining and sincere how to writing guides I ve ever read [[ FREE EBOOK ]] ☂ Writing Away: A Creative Guide to Awakening the Journal-Writing Traveler ☂ Two major trends have recently swept the travel world the first, an overwhelming desire thanks to Elizabeth Gilbert s bestseller, Eat, Pray, Love to write one s own memoir the second, an explosion of social media, blogs, twitter and texts, which allow travelers to document and share their experiences instantaneously Thus, the act of chronicling one s journey has never been popular, nor the urge stronger Writing Away A Creative Guide to Awakening the Journal Writing Traveler, will inspire budding memoirists and jetsetting scribes alike But, Writing Away doesn t stop there author Lavinia Spalding spins the romantic tradition of keeping a travelogue into a modern, witty adventure in awareness, introducing the traditional handwritten journal as a profoundly valuable tool for self discovery, artistic expression, and spiritual growth Writing Away teaches you to embrace mishaps in order to enrich your travel experience, recognize in advance what you want to remember, tap into all your senses, and connect with the physical world in an increasingly technological age It helps you overcome writer s block and procrastination tackle the discipline, routine, structure, and momentum that are crucial to the creative process and it demonstrates how traveling while keeping a journal along the way is the world s most valuable writing exercise She has such a charming, engaging way of writing that when you start reading it is hard to put down the book and you can t help but love everything she writes Her lively spirit and charming sense of humor come through naturally Her words often flow like a song I didn t realize that the book was targeting those who journal as they travel along the way, but still there are always nuggets of wisdom that I appreciate coming from her as reminders as well as prompters to action and how come you a She has such a charming, engaging way of writing that when you start reading it is hard to put down the book and you can t help but love everything she writes Her lively spirit and charming sense of humor come through naturally Her words often flow like a song I didn t realize that the book was targeting those who journal as they travel along the way, but still there are always nuggets of wisdom that I appreciate coming from her as reminders as well as prompters to action and how come you are not writing now Have you set a schedule And what writing schedule do you have by now Wonderfully written and entertaining, This address not just travel writing, but Journal writing in general The stories and comments are witty and amusing, the suggestions realistic and helpful She tells you the ways to get the most out of your travels and not just out of Journaling, give reasons why certain things should and should not be written Evaluates the difference between blogging and journaling with out faulting one of the other. This book was GREAT I love to travel and keep a journal about my travels This book was fun to read and had so many good ideas on how to keep a good journal I loved the writing prompts at the end of the book If you love to journal, and not just while you are traveling this is a must read book One of my many regrets in my life is that I didn t keep a journal when I started traveling 25 years ago While reading Writing Away, I started looking back on my previous foreign travels I realize how much I had missed by not keeping a journal When I was traveling, I thought I would never forget what I was experiencing However, I indeed forgot many details including names of people and places I can remember that the paintings in the Dunhuang Caves were amazing, but I can t remember any detai One of my many regrets in my life is that I didn t keep a journal when I started traveling 25 years ago While reading Writing Away, I started looking back on my previous foreign travels I realize how much I had missed by not keeping a journal When I was traveling, I thought I would never forget what I was experiencing However, I indeed forgot many details including names of people and places I can remember that the paintings in the Dunhuang Caves were amazing, but I can t remember any details of the paintings What was on the walls What did the caves feel and look like What did the tour guide say about the paintings When the bus broke down on the way to some monastery in Gansu province can t remember the name , I remember that something amusing and ironic happened, but I don t remember what it was exactly So why travel if you can t remember what happened one, five, then, or twenty years later If I had read this book when I was in my 20s, I would have been motivated to keep a journal because I would have known how important writing in one is and how to use oneeffectively As a result, I would have become a better traveler, a better writer, and perhaps a better person Lavinia Spalding s book would make a great gift for someone, especially someone starting out in their foreign travels Or at least buy this book for yourself if you don t keep a journal or if you find keeping one is difficult I think you will be inspired.I usually borrow books from the library rather than purchasing them because books, especially kindle ones, are too pricey for me But I bought this one because my local library didn t have it I think this book is definitely one to purchase and not borrow There are so many practical and useful ideas and insights that you will want to return to them when you are about to go on your next vacation Spalding shares valuable ideas for the beginning travel diarist I am making a bookmark of my favorites to keep in my journal on the road this spring.I docked a star because I didn t appreciate the many positive references to sexual promiscuity or the overt, exclusively Buddhist religious perspective. I would have given this book 3.5 stars This book is a smooth read I enjoyed each and every section The quotes are very inspiring Keeping journals is not a new thing for me I did it during high school and college I pasted each and every stub of a cinema ticket, bus ticket, receipts and every possible piece of paper into my journal Reading this book took me back to those days One of the main inspirations for me to read this book is, I have never documented in a of my travels The memory ke I would have given this book 3.5 stars This book is a smooth read I enjoyed each and every section The quotes are very inspiring Keeping journals is not a new thing for me I did it during high school and college I pasted each and every stub of a cinema ticket, bus ticket, receipts and every possible piece of paper into my journal Reading this book took me back to those days One of the main inspirations for me to read this book is, I have never documented in a of my travels The memory keeps fading and so does the experience Henceforth I will be documenting all my travels, even if they are for my own personal consumption.This book helped me understand the difficulties of writing a travel journal and the methods to overcome those difficulties The book is an intersection between the spiritual and practical approach to life This book may not exit everyone But if you have been contemplating on writing a travel journal all these days, this book might get you started soon if you liked this book, you might want to try out Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott This book was a treat to read It was witty, funny, and totally motivating As inspiring as the book was, to have me dust off my journal and put pen to paper while abroad, it was just as inspiring, if notso, to get my tokus on an airplane I loved the sporadic quotes and journal entries from miscellaneous travelers My copy is now underlined and highlighted, and just a bit beat up One of my favorite quotes is by Ayn Rand, which starts out, Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplacea This book was a treat to read It was witty, funny, and totally motivating As inspiring as the book was, to have me dust off my journal and put pen to paper while abroad, it was just as inspiring, if notso, to get my tokus on an airplane I loved the sporadic quotes and journal entries from miscellaneous travelers My copy is now underlined and highlighted, and just a bit beat up One of my favorite quotes is by Ayn Rand, which starts out, Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark, in the hopeless swamps of the approximate, the not quite, the not yet, the not at all And, Lavinia, the book did rock my gypsy soul Thanks I love this book Written in a beautiful and engaging manner, it hooked me from start to finish.It convinced me to start journaling, especially when I travel There is much advice thrown through the book and Lavinia gives the reader many creative options in which to keep a lively journal Certainly, it opened my eyes a lot, and I am sure that my travel writing will improve once I follow her advice Again, I bookmarked many passages and quotes in the book There are many very good quotes and all I love this book Written in a beautiful and engaging manner, it hooked me from start to finish.It convinced me to start journaling, especially when I travel There is much advice thrown through the book and Lavinia gives the reader many creative options in which to keep a lively journal Certainly, it opened my eyes a lot, and I am sure that my travel writing will improve once I follow her advice Again, I bookmarked many passages and quotes in the book There are many very good quotes and all of them have been chosen with care If you do want to write non fiction or even fiction this book shows you where you can start