Comparison: Photobooks, Printing & Preserving Your Travel Memories

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How To Relive Your Travel Memories

Don’t let your adventure end. Here’s how to capture your travel memories so you can relive them again, and again…

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There is no hangover quite so strong and painful as the days or weeks following a long holiday. Sitting in an office lamenting the lack of hot weather and thinking of brilliant white sandy beaches and restaurants that served seafood and cocktails and… regular life just doesn’t cut it in comparison.

How To Relive Your Travel Memories

However, there are numerous ways to overcome the winter blues and replace them with ocean blues, by recollecting the adventure and planning the new one. Here are five suggestions to take you back to those brilliant hotspots from before, and start designing the super sunspots of the future.

Share it on social media

Social media is a great on-the-go way of preserving and sharing your memories. It can also be a method for shaping the trip as it goes. Try using hashtags and asking questions about recommended restaurants, great drinking spots, activities and cultural locations. Who knows — maybe one of your friends will be in the same spot at the same time!

How To Relive Your Travel Memories

You can also use Pinterest to gather the knowledge of others and do the heavy lifting of planning beforehand, just by searching for your desired destination and seeing what pops up. I made a Pinterest board and Pinned all the places I’ve traveled to, and when, with a comment or two and my favorite picture from that trip.

For public photo sharing, use Instagram to record and show off your superb images; a private account for your kids will let them record their photographs on-the-go. There are lots of services that will turn your Instagram pics into albums, magnets, posters, etc. with almost no effort from you.

I also like to make private Google Photos albums and share them with friends and family. If you install the Google Photos app on your phone (and Picasa on your computer), you can set it to automatically backup all your photos (you may want to set this to WiFi-only if you’re not on an unlimited roaming mobile data plan), just in case you lose your phone.

How To Relive Your Travel Memories

When I have the time, I make photobook yearbooks and albums of all the places we went. I print them up for myself and my parents — they love them, and it’s a nice way to look back and appreciate the past years. I’ve tried a bunch of services for this and found MyPublisher to produce the best quality photos in their photobooks. Although they have less fun design options (like stickers, etc.), the ones they do have are sophisticated and elegant, which is what I like. And they have lots of sales, so sign up for their newsletter and you can make the photobooks now, and wait for a sale (or a Groupon) to buy. Make sure to save an ‘export’ / backup of the photobook file somewhere safe, and always get ‘super gloss printing’ (it’s worth it). Teenagers should try Shutterfly, as the design options are a bit more youthful and fun.

Turn it into wall art

Once you’ve booked epic trip number two (or maybe more), it’s time to relive other adventures, in giant form. Photobox personalised prints are a great place to start. They can help you make collages, montages or giant scenes and print them on hard-wearing canvas. These can then be used to breathe life into plain rooms at home or revitalise an office.

How To Relive Your Travel Memories

Who remembers digital frames? No-one seems to have them on their shelves anymore, for various reasons (lack of interactivity and picture quality). Sales fell through the floor but the newer models prove the product might be on its way back, such as this 4k Klio version.

Write about it

Writing about your experiences is a great way of reliving them, and preserving memories that might fade away. You could try writing an article about the destination you went to and submitting it to established publications like Urbanette. It’s a great boost to your CV, and a published article is a great memento of your trip (and writing acumen!)

How To Relive Your Travel Memories

It might even push you into learning coding/design, although new web templates allow you to upload and create splendid galleries with little technical knowledge. Remember to always break up text with video, pictures and social media statuses.

Go old-school, in a new way

I know, I know. Who uses paper calendars anymore? My mom, for one. Digital is in nowadays, but there’s something to be said for old-school paper calendars. Not only do photo calendars enable you to plan your year ahead – including that trek through Europe that you’ve always wanted to tackle – but they also let you relive past glories. It’s a year today since you reached that temple in Cambodia and five years since the week in Morocco – awesome times.

How To Relive Your Travel Memories

Don’t want a monthly calendar? Get a cool daily one using 365 of your Instagram photos. Same your favorites and stick them on a cork board.

Make your memories POP

Whatever you make with your photos, make sure to edit them first. And I don’t mean to remove wrinkles or zits. BeFunky will make your photos POP by adjusting the brightness, contrast, saturation, etc. You can even add filters, text and cool effects. Oh yeah — and you can fix that pesky zit, too.

Go again

The easiest way to reduce the symptoms of travel sickness is to book another trip. Perhaps you’ll visit the same twisting lanes and street food again, or maybe this time you’ll trek jungles or mountains. Devote a morning to researching the possibilities (check out our Destination Guides or Adventure Travel articles), recruit friends and/or family, get out your credit card, and set off on another memorable trip!

What do you do when you want to relive your vacations?
Where do you want to go next?

A writer, artist, and designer since she was young enough to put pencil to paper, Hilary taught herself code and created Urbanette when she was a teenager. Currently, she spends most of her time traveling around Europe, with pied-a-terre's in Zurich, London, Milan and Lyon, France. Hilary spent the past decade living in NYC, still considers herself a New Yorker, and visits regularly. She's always looking for hot new topics, destinations, and life hacks to bring to Urbanette readers.

Reader Discussion: 84 Comments

  1. Marjorie Sharp

    Do you guys know those string things and you just hang photos on your wall using clips? That’s really nice too. It can serve as a wall decor and it doesn’t take up much space. It’s not as durable as photo books though but if you just want something decorative, that’s good enough. It also provides a nice touch for room decor. Very insta worthy decor too, I see it a lot in lifestyle YouTubers as their background. I personally just like decorating my room instead of filling it with a clutter of photo books.

  2. Guadalupe Lee

    I could really use tips on how to manage my travel photos. I have so much already and I don’t know what to do with all of it. I’ve posted them in my social media but I still have printed ones to deal with.

  3. Violet Perkins

    My problem with scrapbooking is that it takes a lot of time and effort. I end up with loads of photos that are waiting to be sorted and scrapbooked. ?

  4. Colleen Mcbride

    If you really want to preserve your memories, photo books are highly recommended.?

  5. Judith Estrada

    I like the idea of having a calendar type album. But I would only use it as a template for a scrapbook. Printed calendars aren’t useful for me because our mobile phones already have calendars in them. I recently just bought a good printer just for printing photos. It’s cheaper than having it printed outside or using polaroids. You really have to make an effort in preserving your travel memories or whatever photos you have. It’s an investment anyway since you can look back to these pictures and just enjoy browsing through them.

    • Roze Carloze

      Great idea! I want to use polaroid templates. That would look adorable!

  6. Brooke Barnett

    I could always write about my travels but I don’t do guest posting because I’m not really good with writing. I would rather just keep a digital writing of what I’ve done in my travels.

  7. Hattie Simpson

    I’m having a hard time navigating through Pinterest. I’m very new at the site.

  8. Kelley Patton

    I don’t know hat digital frames are. But the way it looks, it’s just a collage of photos. Photo frames are also good but it’s not like you can do an album of it in photo frames because it will literally fill your home’s entire wall space. I do have a photo wall but I only put up the best ones per trip. I also make sure that the photos I put up have a story in them but just a short expert underneath the frame. Usually, I put one of the best moments during the trip. Whenever I feel like I have to refresh my mind, I go to this photo wall and think of where I should be heading next.

    • Jean Eide

      Photo walls are really great but it’s not a good idea if people don’t have a vacant wall at home.

  9. Jenny Palmer

    Photobooks are probably the easiest to keep and do. Or just buy photo albums and print your photos on photo paper. You can even use templates of polaroids and print them like that.

  10. Mary Garcia

    Google Photos are really nice. I use it all the time because I can access all my photos anytime in any device that has Google photos in it.

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