Creative ways to document a trip to remember
One of the most important factors in planning a dream vacation is the question of how to document the trip for the future. Travelers for thousands of years have documented their journey. The days of etching the day’s events on a rock are long gone, and today’s travelers have an amazing array of options.
Just imagine what would have been left unknown but for the likes of the journals of Dr. Livingstone or Genghis Khan. Here are a few ideas, both old and new, on how to capture the magic of your own holiday, so these memories will also last a lifetime.
1. Start A Blog
Sometimes it seems everyone has a blog these days. With internet access widely available nearly everywhere, it is easier than ever to keep an online journal up-to-date as you travel. Blogs can be as simple as a basic day-to-day outline of your day, to a much more involved listing of all you saw, did and ate.
Many long-term travelers have themes to their blog, focusing on adventure, cuisine, or an in-depth look into each destination they visit. The world of blogging has become so big that some actually make a living off the art of creating a following of loyal readers.
2. Memory Wallpaper
Instagram is undeniably the hit of the moment and for ardent users, the company Pic Me has come up with a fantastic way to relive your holidays once you are back home. By using your own Instagram photos, Pic Me creates one-of-a-kind peel-on wallpaper that lets you share your memories in a unique and modern way.
If you are the creative type, it is also easy enough to get a good quality printer so you can print your own pictures and then create your very own photo mural. Kids will love being able to adorn their rooms in such a special manner, and it is also a fantastic idea for a home office. The main challenge for cubicle dwellers will be focusing on work with a cube wall of vacation dreams surrounding you.
3. Keep A Journal
A written journal harkens back to the old days of how travel was documented. The great works of explorers and adventurers of days old were well-known for the elaborate and in-depth detail of each step of their journey.
In spite of this digital age, or perhaps because of it, some travelers are re-embracing the act of the written word. Experiences become richer when you take pen to paper to share your feelings, fears, and highlights of a life well-traveled.
4. Create Your Own Postcards
Back in the day, it was common practice to send postcards home from afar, partially as a means of letting friends and family know you were still alive and kicking. Over the years, postcards have ceased to be the norm, but think how excited friends and family will be to receive a physical symbol of your trip.
Even better, apps such as PostSnap* allows you to create and personalize your own postcard, which you can digitally send to those most important to you. What’s more, you don’t need to go hunting for a stamp because that’s taken care of for you!
5. Create A Scrapbook
That’s right. Scrapbooking is not dead. There are thousands of dedicated scrapbookers out there creating rather stunning displays of their travels. The joy of scrapbooking is that the entire holiday can be easily displayed. By hanging on to boarding passes, entrance tickets, and other mementos picked up along the way, it is easy to create dramatic reminders of your journey.
Scrapbooking also remains a big social activity and clubs abound where members can compare and share their works of arts with like-minded individuals, all while creating masterpieces of their memories.
6. Create A Photo Album
Anyone can take photos and stick them into a book. Why not take it a step further and make a themed, and professional-looking photo book documenting your vacation. Companies such as
Adoramapix do all of the hard work, but your creative juices design the perfect format.
Books can display the full scope of your trip, or some prefer to do a book centered around the delicious meals you enjoyed combined with a cooking class. Or perhaps you toured Egypt and want to focus on all of the ancient architecture and amazing artwork you explored.
Regardless of which manner of documentation you choose, know that the excitement and adventures you experience while on vacation, can live on for years to come. With a little creativity, you can even create something interesting enough to convince friends and family to sit down and hear about your vacation.
The opportunities are nearly limitless, and in addition to the ideas above, could include vlogging, creating a sketch book, using Pinterest* boards, or even simply sharing on Instagram* are all excellent ways to capture the joy of a place and time for the future.
In this fast-paced world, it becomes even more important to do whatever you need to do to make moments in time meaningful. As blogger Dee Liang states “Do what you need to do to make the experience worthwhile… but ultimately, do it for yourself”.
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