Memory Journey

Memory Journey


A memory journey is similar to a memory palace. The difference is that while memory palaces are tied to buildings, journeys can take place anywhere.

Like memory palaces, the key is selecting familiar locations and routes. We layer new information on top of our chosen spots to recall information as we mentally take the journey.

Ultimately, we could undergo the same process with a large memory palace. It’s nice to use the journey technique when we have much information to remember. In particular, I like memory journeys for remembering the contents of articles, poems, and plays.

It’s also fun to physically walk through a memory journey and imagine the pegged information coming to life.

How to Create a Memory Journey

Step One

When creating your first memory journey, you should choose a place you can easily imagine. For me, this is the neighborhood where I currently live. Choose any area or route that is familiar to you.

Step Two

Plan through the route. You can do this on paper or in your head. I like to plan out a route on paper first. Label each spot where you can store new information. Use as many places and landmarks as possible. Tying novel information to familiar places will work.

Don’t worry too much about making your route perfect the first time. Eventually, you can refine how you set up your memory palaces.

Step Three

Next, practice by making a list to memorize. If you need a list, use the first ten elements of the period table. Place these elements in your memory journey using the principles discussed earlier: exaggeration, movement, substitution, and absurdity. 

  1. Hydrogen
  2. Helium
  3. Lithium
  4. Beryllium
  5. Boron
  6. Carbon
  7. Nitrogen
  8. Oxygen
  9. Fluorine
  10. Neon

Step Four

Walk through your memory journey a few times to solidify and memorize the information. Using spaced repetition will help make it stick for a longer period of time.


While many similarities exist between a memory palace and a memory journey, some people develop a strong preference for one or the other. Experiment and determine which one works best for you.

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