What Is It?
Penzu is your new journal—ditch the pen and paper for a diary you can access anytime. Whether you have notes from a walking tour or an unexpected stroke of genius, jot it down via the Penzu journaling app. The beauty of Penzu is that it’s a private means of recording your thoughts. No judgments, no likes, no commentary…just pure ideas and memories. The Penzu app is perfect for keeping a travel journal or daily diary. It’s easy and has proven benefits for the brain—whether you’re channeling Tina Fey or Ernest Hemingway, the first step is downloading Penzu.
How Does It Work?
The interface is simple. Penzu allows for separate journals (diet vs. vacation) with limitless entries, which you can view at a glance. Not anyone else, just you. Penzu isn’t trying to be the next Twitter; on the contrary, the app goes the extra mile to be the opposite of Twitter. In addition to multimedia entries that are far longer than 140 characters, everything in Penzu is password protected. While sharing is caring, there’s an awful lot of over-sharing in our social media-centric world. Pick a passcode that only you know…and let your stream of consciousness flow.
Even if traveling isn’t your current focus, journaling has many proven benefits for all. Penzu even has special formats for a pregnancy journal, a five-year journal, dream journal, bible journal, health diary, food diary and more.
Penzu’s mobile app is excellent, but when you’re craving a writing session on a keyboard just sign into Penzu.com on your computer. If you’re on the road and want the QWERTY, just use a portable keyboard that connects to any phone or tablet.
Our Favorite Part
Penzu’s site details the benefits of journaling while on the road: you’ll remember more, you’ll learn more and you’ll reflect more. The composition of ideas sparked by writing down thoughts boosts memory and comprehension.
Use a journal to plan your trip, and even write down what you imagine it will be like—it will be an interesting exercise to compare pre- and post- thoughts. Definitely try to write at least a little bit during your trip while thoughts are fresh, and don’t hesitate to add pictures (a simple task on the Penzu app). And of course, hindsight is 20/20; it’s wonderful to reflect on an adventure and carry on the journaling habit in everyday life. Write whenever…vacation forever.
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Annie’s based in Los Angeles but hails from Portland, Oregon. Sort of. She moved to six states by the time she reached middle school, and continues to move around the US and abroad – call her a nomad, but she prefers “Location ADHD.” After studying abroad in New Zealand, Annie circled the globe, graduated from USC, and circled the world once again. For one year she lived out of a backpack everywhere from The Philippines to Nepal to Slovenia to Norway. She’s a curry connoisseur and passionate explorer, taking the road less traveled, the “trail” covered in vines and swarmed in exotic bugs. Foreign lands feel like home, and Annie loves encouraging more and more people to utilize their passports and experience a new culture.