With every vacation, and this case looming vacation, I like to have a journal to record my thoughts and have a place to glue those things that we think will make good souvenirs into. I did this for my cycling adventures and now have a cool book to look over when I want to remind myself of the journey.
I suppose, if I wanted to take a tech only approach, I could just refer to my blogs and I could take more pictures of the stuff I want to keep as souvenirs. I certainly enjoy making blog posts about my travels and my Instagram account also seems to love it–but at the same time, something tactile to open and close seems a bit more satisfying. It is also something personal for me.
As for my upcoming trip to Costa Rica, thanks to an early Christmas gift, I now have a book and pen to record my thoughts, impressions, and all those pesky pieces of paper (yes, I take glue with me) I seem to collect on vacation.