I've officially made it to Paris! I'll be here this week for work, but will also have a couple personal days tacked on. While traveling, I think it's important to set aside a couple minutes a day to record what happened that day. The best way to document your memories is to record them right after they happen. I personally don’t do a very good job of documenting memories of the everyday, but I’m an avid memory documenter while traveling.
There are several different techniques which work well with traveling, and don’t take a lot of time away from the thing you’re supposed to be doing: making memories!
Instagram: Depending on where you travel, most places now will have free wi-fi. This will most likely be in your hotel room, but a lot of coffee shops and restaurants also have wifi to use. Use these down times (only the beginning of the meal) to record your photos to your Instagram profile. Not only does this update your travel experience for friends and family, but it also allows for you to catalog these memories. The dates, captions and photos will be shared. Also, Instagram allows you to geo-locate your Instagram photo, so you’ll be able to return to where you were while taking the picture. Unlike Twitter, there is no character count so you can really record your memories in written form.
Paper Journal: I made this journal in 2008 before I went to Europe for the first time. Since that trip, I've also recorded memories from my study abroad mini trips. I love to have things written down to turn back to in the future. It’s easy to reference for documenting my trips, and it’s a nice handwritten journal to pass down through the generations. These are so easy to make, so look forward to learning this DIY soon!
Create a hashtag: When we went to Mexico as a family, we decided to create a unique family hashtag so we could all easily reference everyone’s tweets and Instagram photos from the week. Creating a hashtag that is unique to your trip is free and fun! You can easily check your hashtag idea to make sure no one else has hashtagged that for something else. This also makes it easy for friends and family to follow along. Some good examples are: #SchwabeVaca2014, #SchwabeXMexico, #SchwabeMexico2014, etc.
Create a blog: There are so many easy resources now to create a blog – Squarespace, Wordpress, Blogger, etc. As long as you can use the Internet and write, you can create a blog! If you’re using it to record your memories, your blog will basically be an online journal that’s faster to write. Since it saves on your blog platform online, there is no fear of computer crashing, word document not saving, etc. And again, this is a great way to share your memories with family and friends. I did this while studying abroad, and I’m constantly turning back to the blog posts to reference while scrapbooking. However, if you're not comfortable with it, you can usually make your blog accessible be a password so only people with the password will be able to read it.
How do you document your memories while traveling?