There are many ways to capture and share your vacation memories. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
Certainly, the best way to keep all your travel memories alive is to be in the moment as you travel and keep all your senses open and engaged. However, no matter how impactful and live-changing your trips and adventures are, the brain is a delicate computer with memory that doesn’t last forever. In that case, you’ll be happy to turn to your many vacation memories, creatively saved around your home. If you need ideas to immortalize all your adventures, here are a few ways to save memories that will last forever:
1. Jot down your adventures
If you want to keep your memories alive, not just through visual cues but also through exact feelings and events, take a few minutes of each day of your vacation to write a few words in your travel journal. This is a place where you can write down all your best experiences and stories and translate your feelings into words. Travel journals are a great gift, not only to yourself but also to your children and grandchildren, so they can also experience your stories and learn many things about travel and the world.
2. Send yourself postcards
Postcards are probably the cheapest and most readily available souvenir you can buy on your vacation. For a few dollars, you can send one back to yourself at home and have a lasting visual reminder of the place, together with a small message from your past self. Later on, you can create a small travel photo book with all your postcards and travel memories. Plus, it’s nice to come back home and have something nice to look forward to in the mail every day.
3. Make a memory box
A memory box is a great way to curate a collection of trinkets from every place you’ve visited and keep the memories alive forever. You can grab small boxes that will sit on your shelves or opt for box frames that can be mounted on your walls. Inside, you can place whatever best represents each trip—plane tickets, sea shells, preserved plants, photos, and small trinkets you’ve collected during the adventure. A great idea is to also include a few notes with inside jokes you’ve come up with during the trip and certainly memorable anecdotes, so you can remember all your best moments.
4. Create a digital video album
It’s safe to say that you’ll take plenty of photos and videos on your trip. However, keeping them on your phone, computer, or memory card will not make them easily accessible—no one likes to dig through hours of photos and videos to find just the right ones. Plus, these digital materials will simply eat up your storage on your devices! To solve this issue, order a digital video album that allows you to store thousands of photos and hours of video material in one beautiful album cover. Order one for every major adventure you have and store all your albums on a separate, designated shelf. This way, whenever you feel like revisiting the Amalfi Coast, the Pyramids of Giza, the Great Barrier Reef, or any of your many vacation spots, just open your video albums and let the memories flow!
5. Collect souvenirs
Each country and region might have its own type of signature souvenir you can buy from local manufacturers and artisans. However, the best way to keep your home full of vacation souvenirs that not only bring back memories but also look beautiful on your shelves is to always get the same type of souvenir. For instance, you can bring back a cookbook with local recipes from every trip you take. Or maybe create a jar collection with sand or soil from every vacation destination. These will be a great conversation starter and a beautiful addition to your home décor.
6. Get a pin map
Grab a big world map and mount it on your wall. Next, grab a bunch of pins and markers and start marking your adventures. You can pin different notes and photos on certain destinations and keep your memories alive this way. Or maybe opt for a scratch-off map so you can always be reminded of how much you traveled and how many more adventures are waiting for you in the future.
7. Create a special playlist
Music has a special ability to bring back memories and feelings almost instantly, even after many, many years. So compile a playlist of all the songs you used to listen to and discover on your vacations. This is a completely free way to create a lasting souvenir from your travels that you can come back to over and over again. Through music, you can not only relive your memories but also easily share them with your loved ones and followers.
Use these ideas to forever immortalize all your vacation and travel adventures and fill your home with beautiful memories that will last a lifetime.