While traveling is without a doubt about the experience and the memories you get from doing it, I personally also love having something, a sort of momento, to occasionally look back on and remember my trip by. Today I wanted to share with you all what some of my favorite tangible items are to remember my trips by.
- Scrapbooks – This is by far my favorite way to remember my travels. From my 2-week trip to Tokyo in 2013 to my entire year in Paris last year, almost every single travel-landmark of my life has gotten its own scrapbook. Even now I look back at those I made when I was 8 or 9, and they are my absolute favorite things. While printing photos, gathering supplies and putting them together might take a bit of time, I truly believe that they are not only the best way you can reflect on the trip you just took, but also something you will cherish for the rest of your life. (if you’d like, I could do a post on my travel scrapbooks sometime)
- Thoughtful souvenirs – As you already know from my Paris souvenir post, I’m a big fan of thoughtful little somethings from the places I visit. If an object can truly capture the essence of the place you just visited, or will remind you for years to come of your voyage, go for it. I still adore my Paris prints and the little candlelight canal house I bought in Amsterdam.
- Memory boxes – This is an idea I got from here. If you’re not into scrapbooking, this is a wonderful way to save the maps and ticket stubs you collected during your travels. My favorite part is that you can line up these boxes just like books on your shelf.
- Blog Posts – The reason I started my blog was because I was constantly taking photos of everything with nowhere to upload them. I didn’t like just putting them up on Facebook, I valued the editing and journalistic style of my photos to much. That being said, I was simply taking too many to upload them onto photo-sharing websites such as flickr. My blog was born because I wanted my photos to tell a story, stories by which I could record my experiences and always have the visual memories. And that’s exactly how it worked out, I can’t even tell you all how happy it makes me to occasionally look back at Amsterdam or my gap year.
Thank you for reading! What are your favorite ways to remember your travels? I’d love to hear in the comments below.