I’ve got my first trip all planned out – flights, accommodation, what to do, where to go, the whole lot sorted!
[slight squeal of excitement]
I joined a few travel groups on Facebook and asked everyone’s advice on the best things to do to help make sure I don’t miss out on anything, and I get the most out of my trip.
While browsing through the groups, I started to notice a few cool things that people were doing to help document their travels.
The human brain is an amazing organ – although in saying that, I can’t remember what I had for breakfast yesterday morning and I don’t want that to happen to my travels.
I want to remember all the places that I am going to go travel to in detail; What I saw, how I felt, who I met, what I ate, what I loved about it, and what I hated it. I want to remember it all!
So, I started researching different ways people document their travels, and I thought that I would share them with you.
Here are 10 creative ways to make sure that your next trip is one that you won’t forget.
I use to have a digital travel map on my blog, which I did love, but it’s not the same as having a physical map on your wall. You just don’t get the same gratification that you can get from walking in your front door after coming back from some foreign land and pushing a pin into a world map hanging beautifully on your wall.
I recently found a company called Push Pin Travel Maps, and they do the most amazing premium wall maps specifically for travelers (pictured above).
Each map is made to order and comes framed and ready to hang. They have a huge range of different map designs, different choices of frames and you can even customize it with your name or favorite quote to give it a special touch and make it your own.
With so many choices, you’re bound to find something, even for the pickiest person.
2) Scratch Maps
I have a scratch map on my bedroom wall and I absolutely love it!
It’s like a very large scratch card and once you’ve been to a new place you can scratch off the top layer to reveal the country underneath.
They make for a great value present and are a cheaper option than the premium push pin maps above.
3) Make a video
I much prefer to watch videos than to go through a lot of static photos. Videos are much more entertaining. They can tell a story and include some funky music to help bring it all to life.
I regularly make videos of my travels (you can see them on my YouTube channel)
Here are some handy tools that will help you capture your travel moments.
A few people I know keep a charm bracelet, either a Pandora or something similar. The idea is that each time you travel to a new country or city, you add a charm that helps to remind you of that place.
An example is that you visit Paris and then add an Eiffel Tower charm. Or you go on an African safari and add an elephant charm.
This is a very romantic idea as it is something that you can always wear and keep with you. It also makes for a great conversation starter.
Here is an example of some travel charms that are available.
I am a very technology orientated person, so when I was doing research for this post and asking people how they document their travels, someone saying ‘in a journal’ was like being smacked in the face by a wet fish.
Of course, a travel journal!
A simple and inexpensive way of documenting your travels is to write them down. I don’t know why I didn’t think of this first (#FacePalm).
In a way, this blog is my online travel journal. I document my travels and share my stories online. However, if you wanted to physically put pen to paper and maybe note some of your more private thoughts, then check out these travel-themed journals that I found.
Back to technology land again!
Say hello to the Polarsteps travel app – this is so amazing, I am getting excited just to tell you about it!
Okay, here goes, so basically Polarsteps tracks your journey. Along the way, you can add notes and images to help document the places you’ve been to and what you got up to while you were there. Your friends and family can follow your trip, feeling as though they are in the passenger seat.
And then to top it off (this is my favorite bit) you can get your journey printed into your very own personal travel book that shows your statistics, route, and photographs – I know it’s awesome, right?
The app is free to install (I’ve just downloaded it on my iPhone) and prices for printing the book start from €30, which includes all taxes and free worldwide shipping.
This is for all you super creative and talented hands-on people.
You have complete control and can design it just the way you want it, completely personal to you – you can cover it with bright gold glitter if you like!
Start with a blank book and stick and draw until your heart is content, or you can purchase scrapbook kits to help give yourself a head-start.
I know a lot of people that print their travel photos and make collages out of them. Either just by sticking the photos around their room or inside one giant picture frame.
Well, how excited would you be if I told you that you could have a huge photo collage that covered a whole wall just like wallpaper? If you said that you would be super excited, then hold onto your hat!
Introducing WeMontage – the removable photo wallpaper.
With WeMontage, you can take your travel photos and make them into a huge wall collage. It is printed on a premium, fabric-based material that adheres to textured and non-textured surfaces. And the best bit is that is it completely removable – so if you move house, you can take it with you!
9) Photo items
Who doesn’t love a mug or a mouse mat that is printed with their photos?
You can create yourself a whole new line of merchandise with your travel photos on – anything from t-shirts to keyrings, to calendars, to posters, to mugs.
They are very simple to make, especially with companies such as PhotoBox.
Next time someone comes to your house for a cup of tea, you can offer it to them in a cup that is covered with your photos from Bali!
10) Destination/memory box
If you don’t have time to create scrapbooks or videos, one of the simplest ideas is to keep a destination box. All you need is an empty box (any box will do, but the prettier the better).
You can fill it with ticket stubs, souvenirs, photographs, postcards, coins, and anything else that you bring back from your travels.
And hey presto, you have your little box of memories that will take you back every time you open it.
Make your memories last a lifetime
I hope that I have helped to inspire you and give you some ideas for documenting your next adventure. We are very fortunate to be able to travel and we need to make sure that we don’t waste or forget a moment of it.
“The tans will fade, but the memories will last forever.”
P.S. If there is anything else that you do to help your travel memories last longer, please comment, I’d love to hear.