Thursday, October 6, 2022


Do you maintain a journal or diary?

Do you write down your thoughts, or keep a diary of your activities on a regular basis? That’s what we are curious about today.

Here’s a definition of each of these terms we found doing a Google search. We think it’s pretty good. It says:

“A journal and a diary are similar in kind but differ in degree. Both are used to keep personal records, but diaries tend to deal with the day to day, more data collection really, and journals with bigger picture reflection/aspiration.”

Here’s an example, also found with a Google search:

“Regarding work and career, a diary might be about appointments, meetings and tasks completed. A journal, on the other hand, might be about big picture things, like your career goals, dreams and aspirations.”

“In a journal, you might write as if you were writing to a very dear, best friend, with what was on your mind.”

Do you maintain either of these? That’s our question today.


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23 days ago

Journal for maintainance, dates, what was updated, removed or installed.

Leslie Smith
27 days ago

Yes, my wife does a daily journal of our RV trips. We have made three trips to Alaska and her journals have come in handy. Also we often find ourselves on the same route and checking her journals.

29 days ago

Just in our trailer while camping…great record of fun & bad trips. Places to go again and places to avoid.

1 month ago

I said no to the survey. However, when we go on trips, I will send myself a daily email about campgrounds and our daily activities and what restaurants we went to. When we get home, I copy and paste into a Pages document on our computer, print it out and put in a folder. It’s amazing how many times we are trying to remember something specific about a trip — like why didn’t we see or do that when we were there — and read the blog and find out it rained for two days. We enjoy re-reading them.

1 month ago
Reply to  Ceil

What a great idea! Thanks. I’ve wanted to journal, but sitting down with pen and paper never seemed to work out. I think I could write myself an e-mail more easily and regularly. I can type a lot faster than I can write.

1 month ago

Only when RV traveling!

1 month ago

I keep a maintenance log.

28 days ago
Reply to  Stinger45

Good suggestion. Something I have start doing; been told that I forget Often!!

Matt Colie
1 month ago

What ever you choose to call it, I call them logs. I am a lifelong waterman and licensed ship’s personnel and have been more or less forever. I keep a log of where we have been that include starting and ending times miles traveled and weather and anything of interest. This has proved valuable on several occasions. I also keep a maintenance log for our very old coach. That I see as essential.

1 month ago

I’ve kept a travel log/journal since we started RVing 10 years ago. In it I also include a detailed list of the campgrounds we’ve stayed at. When we first started, I also kept a list of expenses, don’t do that anymore, just cg and fuel costs.
I also keep a journal of my daily physical activity and how I feel, along with AM and PM vitals. I’ve done this since my heart transplant in 2012. I also do a printed list of the meds I take to show my health care team. Life is good, my memory not so much.

Armor Top
28 days ago
Reply to  ArmorTop

I forgot to add that I do this all on my tablet using MS Onenote.

Karen Bates
1 month ago

I don’t really keep either, but I do keep a log for each trip, campground we are going to, starting and ending mileage and time, fees paid and balances due upon arrival at the campground. I like the idea someone mentioned about daily expenses and will start that on our next trip. If we have any maintenance issues along the way, I will make a note of them. Also, if there are pros or cons about the campground. This started out to only be keeping up with the mileage on the 5th wheel but has now turned into more useful information!

1 month ago

We keep a log similar to a ships log. Date, weather, distance covered, starting point, ending point, operational issues, needed maintenance, and general notes. We are referring to it now as we plan a fall trip similar to one we took several years ago.

Ralph Cramdin
1 month ago


1 month ago

I answwered no however, I do keep an expense note book which I transfer to my CPU files. I don’t keep a journal or diary as such – but I do keep a picture history of campgrounds, our activities, guests, etc…. I transfer them to individual trip folders on my computer. The pics bring back a lot of live travel memories since 1989!

1 month ago

Not sure how to answer the survey, I publish a blog so family and friends can follow along on our travels.

1 month ago

I answered no – no journal on a daily basis. However, I do keep one for each of our trips or campouts.

1 month ago

I keep a travel journal and since we’re full timers, it gets written in at least every week. I enjoy looking back on our travels from past years.

1 month ago

I have a spreadsheet with every camping stop, fuel stop, maintenance stop covering 3 motorhomes and 21 years. I also post a blog irregularly covering life, travel and RVing.

Gene Bjerke
1 month ago

Being a recovering sailor, I keep a “log” in which I record expenses and mileage daily. I also write up a brief description of the day’s events. I keep it to a page a day in a blank book.

Barbara Brooker
1 month ago

I keep a blog and that for me is the same thing. I used to keep a journal until the internet and blogging found me and then I switched. Since 2002…

1 month ago

I keep a tiny diary on a calendar when we spend time in our camper.

Ron T.
1 month ago

I did keep a journal during our Alaska trip and it was useful but most days while we travel I don’t have much free time. I did keep a diary at work for many years and it serves as a reference when I get questions from my replacements since retirement.

I have the diaries my late mother kept from 1945-2012. I’ve read them once and intend to do so again taking notes to share with relatives. I also have a grand-nephew who’s interested in family history and will get all my genealogical materials and family heirlooms.