#28 Write yourself a postcard from every country you visit on your trip (suggestion from Ruth)

I love this suggestion from my friend Ruth. When you’re on the road for a long time you have the tendency to forget about the little details of each country and, as I’d predicted, I quickly banished thoughts of any of the problems or down days I’d had along the way.

The other nice thing about writing a postcard is that it really makes you focus in on your overall feelings about a place. It may not surprise you to know that I tend to witter on a bit (no, really?) and mostly live by the rule of ‘why say something in one word when you can say it in ten?’ So having to condense down my experiences into a single postcard was a great exercise and really made me think about the country I’d just been in.

So I really enjoyed my little routine of writing a postcard to myself in the airport of the country I was leaving as I waited for my flight to my next adventure. And now, looking back at them, they provide a perfect snapshot of each country – the highs, the lows, the people I met along the way.

#29 – Thank you Ruth!