I don’t know about you but reminiscing about old trips is one of my favorite things. Maybe it’s because I enjoy traveling so much, that thinking back on it just brings back the best memories. And we all know that photographs are an amazing way to capture moments so that we can relive them time and again. But there are so many other fun and creative ways to document your travels rather than just photographs (don’t get me wrong, I’m not hating on photography. Photography is a great love of mine. But we are going to step outside our comfort zones today and try something new)
1.Blog about it
You’re probably thinking, “Uh… hello? We know you like to blog. Of course you would say this.” But seriously guys, this is such a cool thing to do, especially when you are gone for awhile, say a month or more, and you want to update loved ones and friends on all your adventures. I love seeing friends of mine post blog posts on Facebook about their traveling, and the fact that blogging is such an interactive way of documenting makes it even better. Now you can know firsthand what Aunt Susie thinks of you trying frog legs in Asia.
Maybe you aren’t the blogging type because it just seems too public. Carrying a journal with you while you travel is also a great way to remember the details that memory tends to leave out. When I studied abroad, most of the students journaled in some form or fashion. A lot of us were art students so most of our journals were full of architecture sketches and doodles. And I also wrote in a journal while in Scotland. Much like reading an old diary, there’s always kind of a humor involved when reading old travel journals. Plus, with all the bullet journal hype these days, you could always come up with a creative way to journal your travels instead of writing, because really the possibilities are endless.
3. Collecting items
Every trip I take with my family, my father seeks out a local potter to buy a piece of pottery to bring home. He is a potter as well, so he loves meeting other potters and supporting local artists. I’ve also seen people collect sand from beaches that they visit. They make beautiful sand displays when they are finished because of all the different colors and textures. So whatever it is that you like to collect, try and find it in every place you visit.
4. Mailing yourself postcards
This one I’ve never tried, but it seems so fun. It’s similar to journaling, in that you write what you did each day on it’s own postcard and then mail them home. When you get home, you have all these fun postcards to read back through and in the end you can turn your postcards into a cute flip book.
5. Videotape your Adventures
Although similar to photography, this can take on a whole other life. As part of a project, some of my study abroad friends filmed our trip and turned it into an incredible short film when it was done. Seeing the laughter, the dancing down the street, the steam coming off of delicious pasta, the intense volleyball games, the kiddy-pool someone bought and put on the back deck, the lounge that became everyone’s go-to hangout spot because of the good wifi, and just all the little things that we sometimes forgot to take photos of, was really remarkable and such a keepsake.
Sometimes, though, photographs just can’t be beat, and I do love all the photos that I take when traveling. But no matter what you do, I highly recommend you documenting your time in some way, shape, or form. Trust me, you will not regret it.
What’s your favorite way of documenting your travels? Have you tried any of the ways I’ve suggested?
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