I love documenting moments.
I was (and still am) frequently referred to as “the girl with the camera“. Some people say things to me like “Why do you always take pictures of everything?” or “Just put the camera down”.
Well, I actually grew up looking through the pages of my grandparent’s old photo albums and realized that the photos I take today will hold my own stories like theirs did.
Plus the photos and videos I take today will help my kids remember their childhood and the people that matter most.
They’re so young right now that they may not remember every little thing we do but they will be able to go back and watch old videos or read the notes I have written for them. And when my memory begins to fade and years blur, I can go back and remember the little details.. reliving them all over again.
Traveling with family creates beautiful memories that you cherish for a lifetime. And what better way to preserve these memories than to document them? Here are some of the best ways to document your family travels.
Start with a Travel Journal
A travel journal is a fantastic way to document your family’s travels. It’s a personal account of your journey, and you can use it to jot down your thoughts, experiences, and adventures. You can write about the places you’ve visited, the people you’ve met, the food you’ve tried, and anything else that comes to mind. You can write as notes to your children, or use them as reminders for blog posts later on if you’re a blogger!
Take lots of Photographs
Photographs are the most traditional way of documenting your family travels. They are a visual representation of your experiences and are a great way to share your trip with friends and family. With smartphones, it’s easier than ever to take photographs on the go. You can also invest in a DSLR or mirrorless camera to capture high-quality images that you can cherish for a lifetime.
Create a Personal Blog
Creating a blog is an excellent way to document your family travels. You can write about your experiences, share photographs and videos, and even create guides for other families looking to travel to the same destination. Blogging is also a great way to connect with other travel enthusiasts and share your knowledge and experiences.
Videos are a fantastic way to document your family travels. You can record short snippets of your trip and create a compilation video at the end of your journey. Videos can really capture the essence of a place and can bring back memories that photographs can’t. You can also use videos to create a family travel vlog to show your children down the road.
Souvenirs are a great way to remember your travels. You can collect postcards, keychains, magnets, or anything else that catches your eye. Souvenirs are a fantastic way to start a conversation when you get back home. You can also create a scrapbook with your souvenirs and photographs, which makes for a great keepsake.
Use Social Media
You can share photographs, videos, and even stories in real time with your friends and family. Social media can connect you with other travelers and share your experiences with a broader audience. If you’d rather not have the whole world see your photos, you can always set it up so your account is private. That way you’re able to choose who can see your posts.
Make a Memory Jar
You can collect small trinkets from your journey, such as seashells, rocks, or other small items, and place them in a jar. You can also write down short notes about your experiences and add them to the jar.
Create a Family Travel Map
Creating a family travel map is a fun way to document your travels. You can use a world map and mark the places you’ve visited as a family. You can also add photographs, notes, and souvenirs to the map to make it more personalized. There are some maps you can even buy such as scratch maps that are super fun!
Interviewing each other is a really creative and FUN way to document your family travels. You can ask each family member about their favorite part of the trip, their least favorite part, and any funny or memorable moments. You can record the interviews on video or write them down in a travel journal.
Keep a Memory Box
Making a family memory box is almost like a time capsule. You can collect small items from each trip, such as tickets, printed photos, brochures, or postcards, and place them in a box. You can also write down short notes about your experiences and add them to the box.
There are SO many ways to document your family travels! Whether you choose to write a travel journal or start a private social media account, remember to have fun and enjoy the journey. After all, the memories you create with your family are the most important!