5 Tips To Create Great Travel Memories
PHOTO: Capture everything about your trip, even your room, to chronicle your journey. (Courtesy Thinkstock)
Travel Planners International can help you create your trip, but it’s up to you to chronicle the journey.
When your trip is over, you will want to look back on it and remember the fun times you had. To do that, you can trust your memory, of course, but there are many other things you can create to help keep the travel memories alive.
Here are some suggestions.
Start a collection: One traveler didn’t want to buy anymore tchotchkes from souvenir shops, so instead she adds a postcard to her collection from every destination she visits. The postcards provides snapshot memories of her trips. Another traveler buys a t-shirt from every destination he visits, while another collects shot glasses and another collects hotel pens. What you collect depends on your personal interests, so don’t collect bottle caps because someone else is collecting them.
Start a scrapbook: Don’t know what to do with your old train or plane tickets or the tickets from the museums you visited? Start a scrapbook. You can add in postcards here too, write out your thoughts and add photos. Dedicate every page to a new destination or to a theme. For example, you can make one page about your trip to Walt Disney World or make a page that combines all of your ski trips. You do not have to include everything you picked up on your trip or every photo you take. Just select a few highlights that mean the most to you. If you have children, they can start their own scrapbooks too.
Journal your journey: Do you remember how you felt the first time you saw the Swiss Alps? Or how you felt when you when you gazed at the Grand Canyon for the first time? You would if you wrote it down in a travel journal. Any notebook can become a travel journal where you can document what your senses are experiencing when you visit a new destination. Write down the smells, the sounds and the sights of your trip. You can also doodle anything you see or feel as well. Remember that there are no rules to how you journal. It’s your book. Don’t want to write in a book, then post your experiences as 140 characters on Twitter or share them on Facebook. You can include photos here as well.
Blog or vlog: Think of a blog as an online diary and a vlog as a video diary. Most bloggers and vloggers started their sites because they wanted to do it for themselves, but it’s also a great place to store your travel memories. Sharing them with others makes it even more special. You’re bound to put in the work knowing that someone out there wants to read and see what you experienced. You can start a blog for free on Blogger.com or WordPress.com and YouTube is a great place to post your vlogs.
Wall-Me: Turn your bland walls at home into a travel memory masterpiece. You can frame favorite photos from each trip or paint a mural about your favorite destination. Every time you look around your home you can relive your favorite trips.
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