Writing while traveling can be a challenge. I actually wrote this blog on my phone, in a car. If you can spread out, use a laptop, it’s much easier. If you can’t spread out, your phone or tablet can do the job. All you need is a good text editor and perhaps some cloud storage.
Be mindful of typos, bumps in the road can make you hit the wrong keys, so expect typos to arise often. If you are on a plane your typos will likely not be any higher than normal. As always, proofreading is crucial. You can do that at your destination.
It’s best to determine your method of writing before you start your trip. Then all you have to do is settle in a write. If you are driving, you might want to either dictate to your device, or simply record your words for later transcription.
Writing on the go can be challenging, but it doesn’t have to be. Planning can remove a lot of the challenges. With a little planning you can record your words in whatever manner you choose. Take the time to consider what your goals are and what you need to do to attain them.
One thing you will need to do whole traveling is to save your work every few minutes. That action will keep you from losing work done in the event of battery death or loss of connectivity. Of course the old fashioned pen and paper has no such constraints. You only need to ensure you have adequate ink and paper. As a backup method, you can’t beat pen and paper.
I typically save my work every few sentences. This not only ensures the safety of my work, it gives me time to think about what I want to say next. If you find yourself staring into space, save your work. I also save my work to a secure cloud location. I use one drive and Dropbox, but Google docs is good too. Explore and set up your options before leaving. Remember to enjoy the ride too.
Depending on the length of your journey, put away your writing and just watch the scenery. Shorter trips may make that more difficult, but if you have the time to just sit and watch watch, do it. You can always write your impression down in a few minutes. Taking breaks is good. Save your work and relax. You don’t need to stress at any time, but especially whole traveling. Just as stopping to rest while on a road trip is good, so is taking rest breaks while writing. Do that and get the most out of your travel time. It’s the best of all possible worlds.