*This blog post was edited on August 16th, 2019.
Here are 6 creative ways I commemorate my travels:
1. Write a Travel Blog: All About Sana has been a great catharsis for me. If you have a blog, you are more conscious to remember or note things/sights/feelings and take unique and creative pictures during your travels. You notice more things, you research more, and basically your whole behavior changes as you become an unofficial sociologist in a foreign land. I promise you will get more out of your travels if you have an intention of documenting it for an audience.
2. Scrapbooking: I fell in love with scrapbooks my junior year in high school. I visited our nation’s capital for a school trip and went crazy with taking photos and saving ticket stubs, brochures, and flyers from all the activities I participated in. At the time, there was a scrapbook supply store (think Michael’s, but filled with just scrapbooking related goods) near my home and I would spend hours picking background paper, stickers, and stencils. After dividing my photos into categories, I started thinking of creative ways to display them in my scrapbook album. Using colorful pages, pens, and three dimensional stickers that enhances photographs the memories trapped in the photographs became fun.
3. Postcard Wallpaper: I learned this trick in a family magazine (sorry, I don’t remember the name). I was 15 or 16 at the time and my first postcard on the wall was of The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. Fifteen years later, that postcard is just one of over 200 postcards I have accumulated. So how do you make a postcard wallpaper? Travel your butt off, buy postcards at your favorite places, and post them on a wall with scotch tape.
4. Trinkets and Souvenirs: This is kind of fun for me. Even as a young teenager, I dreamt of one day owning my own home and decorating it with souvenirs of my travels. So how do you start a home collection? I personally haven’t picked a theme myself because I pick out whatever speaks of me at the end of a trip or at the beginning. I have seen people collect snow globes from around the world or have an insane collection of mugs of all the states they have visited. Pick something that suits the look and feel of your residence and start with a local destination.
5. Travel Guides: This is a personal idea of mine and I am very proud of it. A travel guide collection is a great way for you to remember your travels and show it off to your house guests. Yes, you use them once and they get obsolete, but you always remember the year you visited Brazil or Australia. The dogeared pages, written notes, and food stains are all reminders of a trip. It is a cheap and easy way to commemorate your travels. An activity for your children could be for your children to design travel guides while you are on your travel. Make sure to pack supplies such as paper, pens, and color pencils to avoid hassle.