If you’re getting ready for your next big vacation, you’ll want to consider how you plan to capture memories of your trip. Now that nearly everyone has a smartphone equipped with a camera, taking tons of photos has become the norm, but there are other ways to do it that don’t require you to keep your phone glued to your hand for the duration of your travels.
If you’re tired of putting together the same scrapbook after each family vacation, here are a few unique ways you can try to capture memories during your travels:
SEND YOURSELF POSTCARDS.
There’s something nostalgic and fun about receiving mail, and coming home to a mailbox full of postcards can be a fun way to celebrate the end of your family vacation. Pick up postcards from your destinations and write messages to read later on the back before shipping them off to yourself, or use an app like TouchNote to send yourself custom postcards using photos you’ve taken of your vacation.
RECORD VLOGS TO RECAP EACH DAY.
Get the family to gather around your cell phone’s camera or your computer’s webcam and spend a few minutes sharing your experiences. What was your favorite part of the day? The most unexpected? What will you want to remember later on? By recording these recaps at the moment, you’ll capture the excitement you experienced on your vacation and will be able to relive that time and time again when you watch your recordings.
FILL A BOX.
Creating a memory box to celebrate your vacation can be a fun way to commemorate the trip. Have the whole family keep an eye out for fun items, trinkets, and mementos to add when you’re back – little things that will evoke big memories or help you relive the best moments of your vacation. Then, when you’re done, fill a small shoe box or wooden crate and decorate it in a way that reminds you of your trip. You’ll have fun pulling out the box once in a while and revisiting all of the things you decided to store inside.
While many of us now use our cell phones to navigate the streets of our vacation destination, maps are still a great way to get your bearings, and they make great souvenirs! You can trace your routes and mark the spots you visited, making notes to capture any meaningful events or fun memories that happened there. Find a fun way to display your maps back at home or store them away to revisit when you’re feeling nostalgic.
SCHEDULE A PHOTO SHOOT.
Instead of relying on your photography skills to capture memories of your big trip, hire a local photographer for a photo shoot at your destination. A local photographer will be able to recommend great spots to snap photos, help pose you and your family, and ensure you walk away with memories you’ll be proud to display on your walls and share out through social media for years to come.
Don’t just rely on photos alone to commemorate your adventures! With a little creativity, you can find lots of different ways to capture memories to remember your next vacation.