Travel Tips: Ways to Record Travels

We all experience amazing and memorable events in our lives that can mean a great deal to us later on in our lives. Whether it’s a trip to a country you’ve been meaning to cross off your list for some time or an important summit in one of the world’s superpowers. But as we age, it can become harder and harder to get a clear grasp on these amazing memories without actively recording them for the future. We give you a few methods and tips on how to effectively preserve the events of your trip for both yourself and hopefully your future generations.

With both print and digital forms of photography thriving to this day, there are quite a few ways you can preserve your memories in time-stopping pictures. Keeping an album may seem pretty old-school but they can be one of the most effective ways to keep printed photograph safe and in one place (just ask your parents who may have a couple of them lying around.) Try investing in printed photo books which compile digital photos into a quality, hardbound publication. If you prefer to keep it digital, invest in a proper media storage device like an external drive or a flash drive. Make sure to keep your photographs separated in respective folders as soon as possible or you may find yourself having a hard time arranging them later on.

The beauty of video is that it doesn’t require too much precision and timing like a snapshot or a photograph does. Just make sure you have enough space and battery in your camera and you can roll away like there’s no tomorrow. Don’t delete video clips you think are “not good” because you might find out  later on that they may be interesting or clear enough to use. Remember though, that one clip of video is the equivalent of several photographs so they may take more space than you need (unless its a full-fledged camcorder). If you have the extra money for it, compile your clips into a full fledged travel film with the help of a professional studio so you can have one video instead of multiple clips. Like Photographs, its best to store and organize them in a personal media storage device as soon as possible.

Some say that print and writing are dead now that the age of technology has surfaced. That is not the case, however, as print and handwriting has made a bit of a comeback in recent times. 

A journal doesn’t have to be super neat and within the lines. It can be filled with as much doodles and small footnotes as you desire. However, some people prefer to keep theirs neat and tidy, only writing down the important details to the letter. It’s better to write things down while they’re still fresh in your mind, so try to pen down your adventures at the end of the day before heading off to bed. Make sure to keep your tickets, stickers, or other flat, paper-like souvenirs with you so you can glue them within the pages of your personal adventure memoir.

This collage of photographs, souvenirs, and small design accents is a more analog and visual way of keeping your memories in one place. All you need is a blank scrapbook, a few materials related to the type of journey you went to, and a little creativity. You can get ideas by seeing what other scrapbookers do with their designs, but remember that this is your personal remembrance so try to give it your own personal touch. If you feel intimidated by the many beautiful but complicated designs they have, just remember that there is beauty in simplicity. Trying too many things at the same time when you have little experience on the subject may ruin your first scrapbooking experience and make you wary about trying it again in the future.

Audio Albums
You may be surprised at how non-visual this method might be, but humans can be very auditory creatures sometimes. Whether you create an audio log using your smartphone or you decide to purchase a personal recorder for yourself, make memories using both your voice and the sounds around you. Record the performances of street musicians, capture the noise of a busy marketplace, listen to the surprising animal sounds at the local zoo or preserve. If podcasts or radio shows are your thing, try to narrate small snippets of your adventures like your favorite hosts would. You might discover that it's a very intimate and raw way of capturing your thoughts on the experiences as they come and can trigger some very fond recollections later on.

You don’t have to stick to one method. As long as you can still manage to enjoy your trip, you can utilize two of these methods for every amazing journey you take. Just remember that you won’t be able to have any fond memories of your trip if you spend all of it worrying about capturing the moment instead of living it out.