Documenting Travel

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Keep your favorite travel memories and experiences close...learn how to document your travels through scrapbooking, photography, and more! - TaylorMichelle.com Keep your favorite travel memories and experiences close...learn how to document your travels through scrapbooking, photography, and more! - TaylorMichelle.com Keep your favorite travel memories and experiences close...learn how to document your travels through scrapbooking, photography, and more! - TaylorMichelle.com

What do I do with this mess of travel pictures?

Keep your favorite travel memories and experiences close...learn how to document your travels through scrapbooking, photography, and more! - TaylorMichelle.comAs much as I’d love to brag that I am a huge world traveler…I’m not. I’m a broke college kid. Trust me, it kills me. Unfortunately, I’ve had to learn to make do, and dream of my travels yet to come. Even though I’ve had to stick to the States to satiate my wanderlust, even local travel holds its merits. I’ve learned to explore the areas I’ve lived in my entire life from a foreigner’s perspective, and every day, I learn something new about the town I live in. Learning how to travel my hometown through a newcomer’s eyes has been one of the greatest skills I’ve developed so far in my life. And as I learn more and more about the New England area, the more I want to remember the beautiful places I’ve discovered (and not just through a mess of unorganized SD cards). Rather than shoving all of your pictures in a special shoe box somewhere in your closet, learn how to save them for real through the different methods below.

Photography

Keep your favorite travel memories and experiences close...learn how to document your travels through scrapbooking, photography, and more! - TaylorMichelle.comObviously, taking pictures is the go-to way to document travel. Even if you just use an iPhone, capturing important experiences on film is the easiest way to hold on to those memories. GoPros are also a great option. Now. Once again, I am a broke college kid. GoPros are a no-go for me, unfortunately, but what better way to take pictures and videos (without the awkward selfie sticks!)?

If you’re anything like me, however, those photos will end up lost in your camera roll, or on some SD card shoved in your camera case. Printing them out is the first step, people. And I don’t mean on the crappy printer shoved into the corner of your “office space”, to my fellow college kids out there. Send them to Shutterfly or SnapFish, any of those cheap photo companies. Most drug stores even have little kiosks where you can print your favorite photos. Just make sure you put some effort into making your pictures look high-quality…using picture paper alone can make a huge difference. You’re trying to hold on to some special memories here, put in a little extra effort, guys (even if it means paying an extra 10 cents per picture for quality photo paper).

Scrapbooking

So, of course, I’m guilty of this too: How many of you take the time to edit and print all of your beautiful photos…and shove them into a shoe box in your closet? I actually bought a nice plastic bin to put mine in (so I’d feel less poorly about myself). Find somewhere to put all those pretty pictures! Hang them up! Put them in an album! Whatever you do, don’t just leave them in that box. Make sure you stick to your personal preference– don’t try to force yourself to get all of your photos into an album if you can’t stand to scrapbook. Documentation is a time consuming process, so try to make it a little fun by choosing a method you enjoy.

I personally love to scrapbook, so that’s where all of my photos end up. Scrapbooking may be the most time consuming method. If you’re new to it, try making some cheap photocopies of your pictures, and making sample pages. That’ll give you an idea of just how much work goes into each and every page in a scrapbook.

Journaling

Keep your favorite travel memories and experiences close...learn how to document your travels through scrapbooking, photography, and more! - TaylorMichelle.comA lot of people out there prefer journaling. It’s a great way to both document travel and relieve stress. While I will forever stick to scrapbooking, I always find myself inspired by the travel journal pages filling my Pinterest news feed. You can even paste in your favorite photos, and include handwritten anecdotes accompanying each one. Check out my Pinterest page for some of your own inspiration!

Drawing

I’m going to make this very clear, right now. I couldn’t draw to save my life. So obviously, I have very little input when it comes to travel art. I am forever envious, however, of people that are able to capture their favorite memories in their artwork. I truly believe it is a gift. When I imagine traveling, I see myself sketching on the steps of the famous Italian fountains, or painting the waves from the docks in Santorini. Unfortunately, that is not my reality, but for those of you with that ability, take advantage of it! Immortalize your travel experiences for all of those artistically-challenged duds like me…

Blogging/Social Media

As you can probably guess, I prefer to document my travels online. One of my favorite parts of Pinterest is the travel boards, so I love contributing to them as well. Of course, a number of these other categories can work together to commemorate important trips. For example, the more I blog, the better my photography becomes. I think its important to remember that if you are writing a blog, your readers want to hear from YOU. That means actually being able to write (and write well) about your experiences. Share some funny stories, and your favorite secret beaches or restaurants with the best food around. Your readers are coming to you, so make sure you know what you’re talking about.

Postcards

https://www.pinterest.com/tmichelleo/pins/This last method is my absolute FAVE, and one that I’ve been waiting and waiting to try out on my next big trip. Wherever I go, I always buy a couple postcards to put in my scrapbooks. The photography on them is often much better than the average person could do themselves. But instead of just gluing them into my albums as “pictures”, I’ve learned of an even better idea. Each day, buy a postcard of where you went for the day. Write yourself a note detailing your afternoon, and mail it to yourself (or just stick it in your carryon, and save on some postage!). That way, when it comes time to scrapbook, you’ll have handwritten anecdotes detailing your experiences on the back of each postcard. So cute!

While I think I may have covered the big ones, I’m sure there are hundreds of other ways to document travel experiences out there. How do you do it?
P.S. Share some pictures in the comments below! We can always use some extra inspiration…

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Keep your favorite travel memories and experiences close...learn how to document your travels through scrapbooking, photography, and more! - TaylorMichelle.com
Keep your favorite travel memories and experiences close...learn how to document your travels through scrapbooking, photography, and more! - TaylorMichelle.com
Keep your favorite travel memories and experiences close...learn how to document your travels through scrapbooking, photography, and more! - TaylorMichelle.com

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