In 2020, everyone’s go-to is Instagram. You take a vacation, snap a few insta-worthy photos, and then spend the rest of your day glued to your phone (to check the amount of likes you got, obviously).
There’s nothing wrong with using Instagram, it’s a great way to share memories and keep photos in a safe place. However, you may be wondering—what are some other ways to capture travel memories?
If you’re looking for a fun, new way to document your trips, keep reading!
#1 Instant and Disposable Cameras
This is a classic way to capture your travel memories. While phone cameras are an incredible feat of technology, something about being able to hold a physical photo in your hands just feels good. If you’re looking to spend a little money, a high-quality instant camera is the way to go. Photos are printed seconds after taking them, giving you physical copies of your memories on the spot.
If you want physical photos, but prefer a cheaper alternative, consider opting for a good old-fashioned disposable camera! These can be found at any drug store, and the price is unbeatable. Just don’t forget to get them developed.
Traveler’s Tip #1: Remember to bring a backpack when traveling with an instant camera. Printed photos are sensitive to light when developing, so you may want to devote a safe pocket for them in your bag.
#2 Try vlogging
No, you don’t have to be the next David Dobrik to make a vlog. Just get your phone or camera and start recording anything you want to remember. Vlogs can be kept as personal memories, not just uploaded for YouTube fame.
You also don’t have to be a professional editor to put a vlog together. Simple editing software, such as iMovie or Windows Movie Maker, exists specifically for beginners—and they even offer templates for putting clips together. While photos are a great way to celebrate memories, videos can capture even more. Something you capture on video may become a lifetime memory that would otherwise be forgotten.
Traveler’s Tip #2: Make sure filming is allowed where you are. You don’t want part of your vlog to be you getting kicked out of a museum.
#3 Photo Ornaments
A Christmas tree full of store-bought bulbs may look nice, but without the personal ornaments it can feel very cold. A great way to commemorate your travels during the holidays is by turning them into photo ornaments. Not only are photo ornaments an incredible way to cherish your own memories, they also make a thoughtful gift during the holiday season. If you know a loved one is missing their time traveling, find one of their favorite photos from their trip and have it printed on a customised ornament.
Even those who don’t celebrate Christmas can still enjoy this gift—simply hang it in your room! Anything can be printed on these decorative ornaments; it doesn’t have to be holiday themed.
Travelers Tip #3: If you’re traveling to another country, learn how to ask someone for a photo in their native tongue. If you’re the photographer, you don’t want to be left out of all the photos! (If this isn’t possible, you can always purchase a selfie-stick).
I know what you’re probably imagining: your grandmother sitting at the kitchen table cutting out embarrassing photos of you and pasting them into some gaudy background. But scrapbooking doesn’t have to be outdated! Online scrapbooking has changed the game—you can add beautiful details, customisable texts and backgrounds, and high-quality photo prints.
Travelers Tip #4: Make sure to capture a good balance of scenery and personal photos. By doing this, your scrapbook pages will show off both where you were and how much fun you had. Nobody wants to see an entire page of selfies.
#5 Travel Map
This option is for the creative traveler. Get yourself a travel map. These maps allow you to mark all the places you have been. Try opting for a push-pin map, which will allow you to pin photos and small souvenirs on their respective countries.
This option is particularly fun because it’s so customisable. Anything that will fit on the map is fair game. As they say, the world is your oyster! (Your corkboard oyster).
Travel Tip #5: Small souvenirs are a great way to remember a place you’ve been. Try picking up a key chain or a magnet. These will fit perfectly on the travel map, or you can use them for their intended purposes. Either way, photos are not the only way to capture memories!
Traveling is so Much More than a Vacation
Don’t let your memories turn into a simple “oh yeah, I’ve been there.”
Capture your travel memories in unique ways. Place little reminders of these unforgettable times in your everyday life. The joy of traveling is like no other, and the memories you make along the way deserve more than an Instagram post. Capture these places in your heart, but also on your walls!
(And your Christmas tree.)