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Before going on your trip, do a little journaling research. Find out all that you can about the place you will be visiting. Then write down your impressions/feelings/thoughts in your travel journal. Are you excited, nervous, or relaxed? What things do you imagine you will do? What do you hope to gain from taking this trip? Are you seeking adventure? Or is this a place you venture to quite often?
Do not read through the pages you wrote until you return from your trip. Then see if the journey fell short, matched or exceeded your expectations.