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Whether you’ve spent a year globetrotting or enjoyed two weeks in the sun with your mates, you’ll want to do everything you can to preserve your memories and relive your holiday highlights. Instead of scrolling back through your pictures at random times, you can find far more innovative and exciting ways to remember your travels. For inspiration, take a look at these seven fun ways to preserve your travel memories:
Create a Photo Wall
If you want to enhance your décor, photos from your travels are the perfect way to do it. With professional prints from a reputable company, like Pixa Prints, you can have your favourite pictures enhanced and optimised to make them look better than ever. Then, simply design a photo wall in a key area of your home.
For an understated look, choose black and white prints for your photo wall. This will ensure your new feature catches the eye, without being too bold or conflicting with your colour scheme. Tie the look together with matching frames or create an arty feel by leaning your pictures against the wall instead of hanging them.
When you’re away from home, don’t rely solely on pictures to immortalise your experience. A video allows you to immerse yourself in the moment, even when you’re reliving it from home. You can even create your own video montage and add some music to create the perfect keepsake.
If you’re going to record videos while you’re away, you might want to think about publishing your vlogs on popular sites, like YouTube. Travel vlogs are extremely popular and can be monetised relatively easily, so you could even fund your travels by recording your experience. What’s more – you’ll have a repository of all your favourite videos that you can re-watch at any time.
Use a Travel Map
If you love to travel, a world map is a great way to preserve your memories and choose your next destination. You can create your own by simply using drawing pins or push pins to mark off the countries you’ve visited, but there are other options available too.
Many travel memories maps are created with a ‘scratch off’ design, so you can scratch off the countries you’ve been too and add memory stickers to remind you of your favourite moments. Over time, you’ll uncover more of the map and be enticed to travel to new and exciting locations.
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Start a Blog
Capturing your memories as you’re making them ensures you won’t forget a moment of your travels, which is why blogging throughout your trips is a fantastic way to make the most of your experiences. Whether you create a roundup of everything you’ve seen and done, or you get a little more personal and hone in on what travelling means to you, you won’t regret creating a written record of your adventures.
If you choose to, you can even make your blog public and share your travels with the world. This can be a great way for family and friends to stay up to date with your travels if you’re going on an extended vacation or an around-the-world trip. Additionally, you could build up your followers and monetise your blog if you want to create a side hustle while you’re travelling.
Recreate the Flavours and Aromas of Your Favourite Destination
If you’ve got the post-holiday blues and you’re wishing you were back in the sun, you can relive your travels by recreating the dishes and scents you experienced while you were away. Trying new foods and immersing yourself in a different culture is one of the best things about travelling, so be sure to keep experimenting once you get home.
If you enjoyed Kadınbudu Köfte at a market in Istanbul, ossobuco at a quaint pizzeria in Rome or Tom Kha Gai on a beach in Thailand, scour the local shelves for authentic ingredients and make your own version at home. You may not have the same view, but the flavours and aromas will transport you right back to your favourite holiday moments and let you relive them all over again.
Collect Sand from Every Destination
If you want to take a souvenir home with you, collect a few grains of sand from your destination and store in a glass vial, bottle or even some jewellery. As you travel to new places, you can create new storage containers to collect sand or add them to the same vial to layer your travel memories atop one another. It’s far more meaningful than keyrings or pencils and it will save you some space too.
Just be sure that you’re permitted to collect sand from wherever you are and that you aren’t breaking any regulations by bringing it back with you. Taking some natural souvenirs, such as plants, from one country to another isn’t allowed, but a few grains of sand don’t usually cause any problems.
Send Yourself a Postcard
People don’t send as many postcards now that digital communication makes it easy to stay in touch with family and friends at home in real-time, but there’s nothing quite like receiving a postcard from a loved one. Now, you can capture your favourite travel memories as they happen and preserve them for your future self.
Choose cards that capture the local scenery or major sights and jot down what you love about the place or the things you’ve done. Pop them in the post and you’ll have your very own mini travel journal waiting for you on your return.
Make Travel Last a Lifetime
When you preserve your memories in the right way, a single trip can last a lifetime. From your first adventure with friends to romantic getaways with your partner or family holidays with your kids, travelling can enhance your life and allow you to see the world in a whole new way. By preserving your memories in fun and unique ways, you can be sure that you’ll always remember the best bits of your travels.