Your trip is over, your laundry is put away (ok maybe not quite yet) and you have your souvenir t-shirt to show for it. But that doesn’t come close to immortalising the trip of a lifetime, and maybe you want to do something truly special with your stamped rail passes and photos. To help you get started, we’ve picked the brains of STA travel’s craftiest Travel Experts to offer up a few ideas to preserve your travel memories.
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This one actually starts while you are still out on the road! Bring a notebook with you (preferably a durable one with non-removable pages) and jot down the interesting things you see and learn in the course of your travels. This can be anything that inspires you, impresses you or even sums up the city you are visiting and you want to remember. Trust us, you think you’ll remember the name of that amazing dish you had in Singapore (rojak!), but after you are back home you might find yourself having to Google it.
After you return from your amazing trip, gather your ticket stubs, receipts, coffee shop stamp cards and print a few favourite photos. Arrange and glue these around your notes in the notebook, maybe adding a few doodles in coloured pencil or some fun stickers. Keep the same notebook for future travel and you have a keepsake that will stay near and dear to you long after your beachy suntan fades.
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For bigger souvenirs and trinkets, a shadowbox is an awesome option to display your treasures from your trip. Shells from a beach, bottlecaps from your favourite local beer, train tickets and more look fantastic when paired with a few photos and even newspaper clippings from your time abroad. You can purchase these at any craft store in the frame section, and they are so easy to fill and hang. Keep your travel memorabilia together and enjoy a walk down memory lane every time you see it.
If you are a social media junkie like we are, odds are you’ve already Instagrammed your favourite shots from your trip while you were there. And while you can always scroll through your feed to revisit these memories, having personalised little photo magnets on your fridge is so much more fun. Sites like sticky9.com or foxprint.com are inexpensive and super easy to use. Simply upload your favourite shots and they’ll print and send them to you in no time! They are bound to become your favourite little souvenirs.
You don’t have to be Annie Leibowitz to have your own work printed and framed! Maybe you got the perfect shot of a baby giraffe snuggling close to his mum while on safari, so why keep it hidden away on your hard drive? Enlarge it to 8X10 or bigger, pick up a special frame and you have yourself an incredible conversation piece for your flat. Don’t forget to sign the bottom corner, you budding photographer!
This is just taking the last idea one step further, depending on how crafty you want to get. Enlarge and print a photo, preferably on matte paper (any print show can do that for you). Bonus points if you print in black and white. Before you frame your masterpiece, grab some watercolours, acrylic paints or even coloured pencils and “paint” over parts of your picture you want to highlight. Colourise the flowers around the base of the Eiffel Tower, or capture the bright turquoise of the water on that gorgeous private beach. Get creative! You’ll never want to take your custom wall art down.
What other ideas would you suggest for showcasing and preserving your travel memories? Share your favourites with us in the comments!