Travel Tuesdays – 5 Ways to Record Travel Memories

I live for travelling and family holidays are the highlight for us when we get to travel to new countries and be adventurers in a foreign land as we always choose to do it free and easy. While it’s always great fun while it last, I try to preserve as much of these memories to take home with us so that these once in a lifetime experiences can be retold and relived for a long time.

Recording all our travel memories has never been easier with the help of technology. So here are 5 ways that I like to record my cherished travel memories.

1. Photographs and videos

This one’s a no brainer for sure since everyone has a digital camera or a smart phone these days. But when I travel I try to be more observant and take pictures of sights that are unique to the country that I’m traveling to.

It could be a famous tourist attraction, a local festival, their people, a signboard written in their language.

Bali’s glorious sunset

Rice Field Terrace of Bali

One thing that I’m steering away is taking posed photos and slowly dipping my toes into a more photo-journalistic style. I must admit that the latter tells a story better and while I’m not aiming to be a travel photographer, there is a certain charm to these photos as you look back on them.

2. Have a personalised travel hashtag

If you’re on Instagram then you’ll probably get the use of hastags. On our holiday to Hong Kong last year, I chanced upon some hashtags that people came up with for their travels and I went to personalise our very own #taystraveldiary hashtag that I can add whenever we travel. 

This year, when researching for creative ways to capture traveling photos, I came across a new hashtag #travellingfeet and added this as a new series for my travel photos. And the fun part is seeing the world from other IG users from all over the world with their #travellingfeet photos. 

3. Blog

I think you can pretty much expect this from me since you’re reading this from my blog. Blogging is definitely a great way to record travel memories since you can add all sorts of multimedia like photos, videos or even hyperlinks to the places you’ve visited, ate at, etc.

And what I like about recording on the blog is because it helps fellow travellers learn more about the places in that country that they are planning to visit.

And for future reference, I usually do a review so that I can remember which are the places to visit again or skip the next time I do travel there. It’s also a great way to share travel stories with family and friends and new readers too .

4. Travel journal and keepsake book

Being someone who scrapbooks, I prepared a travel journal and keepsake book for the trip so that I can pen down thoughts and also jot down things that happened on the trip. It could be the weather that day, a funny quote that someone said, how I felt about what I saw so that I don’t miss any of these precious moments when I get back. 

In my travel journal, I also added pockets and paper bags so that I can slip in our boarding passes, name cards of places we visited, luggage tags. I also bought postcards and some memorabilias which I can include to the book making it a physical keepsake book that I can flip and reminisce on.

And why not make one for your child too. After all, kids often have an interesting perspective and it will be nice to look back on the trips they did as a child.

I’ll share more about the process of how I put together my travel journal in another post.

5. Holiday souvenir

When one thinks of souvenir, you may associate it with cheesy key chains and magnets. So  on our recent trip, we decided to collect seashells and sand from Bali’s beach to make our own holiday souvenir.

Here’s my DIY beach vacation souvenir.

More about it in this post here.

How do you record your travel memories? I’ll love to hear some of your interesting ideas too!


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Comments: 22

  1. lyn lee May 27, 2014 at 11:16 am Reply

    Wow agree with all! Imagining what souvenir you made? A nice dome craft thing? ; )

    • Susan May 27, 2014 at 2:28 pm Reply

      Planning to make a glass bottle with the sand and seashells. Shall post it on IG once it’s ready 🙂

  2. Shu-Yin May 27, 2014 at 11:36 am Reply

    love your scrapbooking travel journal. I made one for our Spore trip last yr too. Thanks for the idea for making one for the lil one. I will make one for Shern for our next trip, and hopefully is Bali too! 😉

    • Susan May 27, 2014 at 2:29 pm Reply

      Look forward to see yours. Mine is still a WIP and it’s getting thicker with all the memorabilias that I’m adding on.

  3. Shu-Yin May 27, 2014 at 2:49 pm Reply

    Hie Susan,

    My previous mini album/travel journal was a simple one. with just a few photos and some keepsakes. 🙂

  4. Yvonne Yam May 28, 2014 at 12:02 am Reply

    I like to take photos of interesting signages, store displays, the view from outside my hotel window in the day and night and the various parts of the room before I mess it up. And food photos of course.

    • Susan May 28, 2014 at 3:05 pm Reply

      Oh these are lovely ideas Yvonne. Will add them to my list of things to shoot on a holiday on my next trip. Thanks for dropping by to leave a note 🙂

  5. Christy May 28, 2014 at 8:44 am Reply

    I love recording everything in my blog. My kids can read them when they grow up and it’s a good place to check back on where we go and how we felt.

    • Susan May 28, 2014 at 3:04 pm Reply

      Yup the blog is sort of the default for me too. The others are nice to have as well as I can keep things like postcards, receipts, boarding passes from the trip too.

  6. Ellena May 28, 2014 at 8:48 am Reply

    Thanks for the lovely traveling trips. Love the idea of making scrapbooks but then I am not good in doing craft 🙂 B/w you Bail trip is F&E or you join local tour I am thinking to plan a trip there too.

    • Susan May 28, 2014 at 10:36 am Reply

      Thanks Ellena. We did a 5 days free and easy trip in Bali. Having a cab driver is necessary as you can’t get cabs easily in Bali or they may refuse to go by meter. If you’re keen, I can share my Bali itinerary and cab driver contact with you 🙂 When are you planning to go?

      • Ellena May 30, 2014 at 10:14 am Reply

        Emmm tot of going this June, but everything not plan yet lolzzz. I see your photos and updates seems very interesting. What about the hotel lodging u take the bundle with the flight? If u don’t mind can you share your itinerary and cab contact with me hehehe

        Thanks thanks.

        • Susan June 2, 2014 at 8:49 pm Reply

          Hi Ellena,
          Sure I’ll tidy it up and email it to you in a couple of days. We booked our flights and hotel stays separately.

  7. Shermeen Ching May 28, 2014 at 9:22 am Reply

    I have been trying to take more journalistic shots as well… but don’t seem to do well. Should pick up some tips from you. It is also a very nice idea to start Sophie on recording her experiences on a scrapbook. Great for starting them on writing too! Love it.

    • Susan May 28, 2014 at 10:41 am Reply

      She doodles in her journal most of the time but it’s still nice to see her takeaways from the trip. As for photography, it does come with practice and seeing others photos for inspiration and ideas. I’m still learning on the way.

  8. Zee May 31, 2014 at 2:13 am Reply

    The idea of a travel hashtag is cute and I definitely noticed your #travellingfeet hashtag this time round! For longer trips I also keep a travel journal of sorts except that I am not too creative and often end up buying a pretty travel journal instead. Nice of you to prepare one for Sophie. I shall remember to do that next time when the kids are older. Glad you enjoyed Bali! Seeing your photos make me want to return.

    • Susan June 2, 2014 at 2:12 pm Reply

      Bali was so beautiful Zee and I think I wanna go back and stay in a villa in Ubud the next time.

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