Armchair Traveling at Tax Time

Travel Blog  •  Eva Holland  •  03.13.13 | 7:39 AM ET

It’s tax time again. For me, as a freelance writer, that means hours spent wading through all the work-related receipts I’ve collected in the past year.  The process is a pain, but it comes with a silver lining: I get to revisit 12 months’ worth of travel.

A handful of restaurant receipts takes me back to my unofficial Halibut Taco Tour of Southeast Alaska last winter; a stack of gas station slips sends me retracing my summer road-trip routes. Every year I promise myself that I’ll start sorting and filing my receipts as I go, instead of filling a shoebox with them and leaving it until tax time. But even if I managed to up my organizational game, I’d still be tempted to delay and do it all in one shot anyhow—the trip down the memory-lane paper trail is just about worth it.

Anyone else do this sort of armchair traveling come tax time?

Eva Holland is co-editor of World Hum. She is a former associate editor at Up Here and Up Here Business magazines, and a contributor to Vela. She's based in Canada's Yukon territory.

4 Comments for Armchair Traveling at Tax Time

Laminate Flooring 03.21.13 | 4:00 AM ET

I used to do that during my time when I wrote articles for magazines. Remembering and writing each and every memory down the lane is quite a treat to the brain and gives us a chance to relive those moments.

Jean 03.21.13 | 2:19 PM ET

It is amazing how some forgotten moments do come back to your mind in a flash, as you relive your trip, receipt by receipt, just like putting a puzzle together. Food for thought. Where to next?

wedding photography brisbane 03.22.13 | 3:45 AM ET

Old receipts and photos bring past memory alive for few moments. In every day life we almost don’t remember our past travelling moments. Sometimes it is nice to feel old memories. Its such a peace of mind.

American Visa 04.02.13 | 8:36 PM ET

Aside from receipts I also collected memorabilia’s such as dry leaves, stones or picture of the place. Seeing those things when I am not travelling reminds me of the days that I am on the road and enjoying my freedom

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