I've been experimenting with using the concept of a [[Digital garden]] for travel journaling.
- [Twitter thread on the system I've been using](https://twitter.com/rscottjones/status/1424426403475296260?s=20)
- Blog post titled [A Digital Garden Approach to Travel Journaling](https://rscottjones.com/a-digital-garden-approach-to-travel-journaling/)
The general idea is to take deeper notes during one's travels, then connect those notes together to create rich theme notes. This allows for retaining more knowledge over time, unearthing insights by connecting places and ideas into theme notes, and deepening one's knowledge about the places they visit and the ideas they encounter while traveling.
Here's the structure I've been using, with more detail in the link above.
A separate note for each **place**, similar to an atomic note per idea. Then a **theme** note that serves as a [[Map of Content|MOC]], tying together similar ideas and places. There's also a **trip** note, which functions more like a [[Trip dashboard]] in tying together the itinerary using places links.
This is still an experiment, but I'm enjoying the process so far—even if it takes a bit more work. I've noticed a number of useful benefits so far, so I'm expecting to continue the practice through the end of the year before making any substantive changes.
I've been using this method for a few trips now, and there's one aspect of it that I **really** love. And that is the separation between notes. In traditional journaling, it can be hard to maintain the narrative you're trying to get down—the interestingness of what you're recording—while still adding details to each subject that you want to remember. If you're telling a fun story about an experience you had at a brewery, it's hard to do that _and_ describe the brewery itself (and perhaps how the beer was) without interrupting or derailing the story. But those brewery items might be details I still want to save.
Using a system like this allows you to separate those pieces, while still keeping them linked together and easily accessible. You can have a note about the experience, either as its own standalone note (more on that below), or perhaps in the main trip note. But you can _also_ have a note about the brewery—a note that can continue to be updated and expanded upon on future visits to the brewery, without interrupting the main narrative of any specific trip narrative.
Because of this flexibility, I'm now expanding this idea and coining it [[Linked Journaling]], which I think is more user-friendly and better describes how these notes work together. I also see that system as having a one more note type, too—the story note.
**Story** notes are focused on specific narratives you want to have as separate notes[^1]. For instance, many of my trips often include some interesting story about something that happened. Having that as a separate note makes it more accessible to relive without having to dig through other trip notes. Want to quickly pull up the story about the time you lost your hiking boot off the cliff? Well, there's a note for that.
A side benefit of this approach is that you can reference the general story in the main trip narrative without getting bogged down in all of the details you want to remember in the future; those necessary (but sometimes tedious) details can simply live in the more comprehensive story note instead.
[^1]: You may prefer *most* trip stories to be separate notes, or maybe only specific ones—that's your choice, and something that you can figure out as you go.