Why write everything down? I'm not sure exactly where the inspiration came from, although I remember my parents encouraging me to do so very early (perhaps beginning with our first substantial family holiday at the age of nine) - although their main motivation was probably to keep us children occupied on the long journey! Unfortunately, those early scribblings are now totally lost.
Some years later, when I started travelling with friends and on my own, I started to keep a brief diary of where and when. I wasn't sure in what form these would eventually end up, although when I did get around to writing these longer accounts this information was invaluable (along with the inevitable souvenirs, guidebooks and of course memory). As well as a daily account of what we did, I sometimes expanded them (either from memory or researched from other sources) to include background information and references.
Enough of this rambling, here are some of the results. I hope you find reading them them as interesting as it was for me to recall, research and write them.
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