How do you cherish your travel photos and memorabilia? I’m oh so very guilty when it comes to this. I enjoy taking hundreds of pictures on trips or saving every ticket stub and promising myself I’ll scrapbook those…but I never do. Vacation ends, work begins, and then this task gets pushed to the very bottom of my to do list (never to return). I’ve done a bit of research and discovered five fun ways to cherish your travels photos and memories. I hope to enact a few of these this year. Join me, won’t you?
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Five Fun Ways to Cherish Your Travel Photos & Memories
Create a bullet journal (or for those less artsy, just a normal writing journal) throughout your trip.
- Time on an airplane, bus or car? Jot down your thoughts on your favorite parts of the trip so far. What was the best food you ate or the most delicious drink you tasted? Did you have a song that you kept listening to over & over again? What museums did you visit? How did XYZ place make you feel? Who were you with? Years down the road, you’ll love looking back at those journals. Stick in your ticket stubs and other small items. Once you return, use some washi tape or plain old glue to secure said items, and if you’re really feeling ambitious, print out a few pictures and do the same. Use these journals as decorations in your home.
Decorate a cardboard or wooden box with the name of the country or city you visited.
- Place all of the items you’d like to keep in said box and use them as bookends in your family room or office to remind you of all the fun places you’ve been.
Push pin map for the win!
- If collecting memorabilia or taking photos really isn’t your thing, why not place push pins on a large map of all of the places you’ve visited? This is a great conversation starter.
Collect the same or similar souvenir everywhere you go and display it in your home
- A few examples I’ve gleaned from family and friends include Christmas ornaments (thanks Rachel & Jared!), crosses (thanks Aunt Lynn!), and small water color paintings.
Who doesn’t love a gallery wall?
- Print nine of your beloved photos that spark joy (ahem, I’ve been watching the Marie Kondo show on Netflix) from your most recent trip and make a simple gallery wall. Make a habit of changing the photos after every trip and keeping the old ones behind the new ones.
A special thank you to my sister, Bekah, for inspiring this post! She recently bought me a photo album for Christmas because “no one prints their pictures anymore”. 🙂