But I just can’t seem to get into scrapbooking. I don’t really want to buy special products to chronicle my memories and that fancy paper is expensive!
How to Document Your Travels Without Scrapbooking
I do a lot of solo travel, and it can sometimes feel like my memories exist in a vacuum.There’s no one to create inside jokes with, no one who’s going to know what I’m talking about when I reference “tiny wonder the super cat.” But there are heaps of different ways to document travel, so you won’t forget everything once you return to home to ‘real life’ and all of your friends.
Document travel by taking 5 pictures every day
Document travel with a non-overwhelming travel journal
Document travel via social media
If you’re incredibly lazy (or just addicted to the internet) you can put together a pretty telling outline of your trip through sent emails, Facebook’s status updates and tweets. Use the ‘My Year In Status‘ app to collect your status from Facebook or scroll through your twitter timeline.
If you’re posting your travel photos to Instagram, print out your photos in these adorable, tiny books. Cuuuute!
Document travel with mini accordion folders
All those ticket stubs and money that seem so ordinary when you’re three weeks into a trip, become fascinating once you get home and a few months have passed. I like to bring a mini accordion folder on my trip and label each section with a city that I’ve visited.
Then I tuck various pieces of detritus into each folder – and maybe write their significance on them if I’m feeling ambitious. “Dinner with Amanda and Daniel under a giant tree. Ate too much peanut satay and learned to say scandalous things in Thai.” You get the idea.
Document travel with a ‘100 memories list’
If you’re traveling with someone else this is – hands down – the best way to spend your flight home. Passing a notebook between you, take turns writing down memories from your trip until you reach 100. The first 50 are pretty easy and then you start writing things like “That dog that was sitting in the passenger’s seat of the taxi, with his elbow hanging out the window.”
Then! Six months later, you make copies of the list and send it to your friend and you both feel all mushy inside.
Document travel by ‘setting’ your memories with scent + sound
It probably sounds silly, but I like to wear a different perfume for each trip. (I love these $8 solid perfume sticks.) Scent is directly related to memory, so it’s a great way to ‘set’ the memory of your trip – every time you wear that perfume, you’re back in Mexico eating ice cream while you ogle the tumble-down mansions in Merida. I also like to create country-specific playlists and hunt down local music while I’m traveling.
How do you preserve memories – travel or otherwise?