How To Preserve Travel Memories: 5 Ideas To Try

I’ve come to learn and research quite abit around memory in my scientific life (neuroscientist by training here!). I know how unreliable and fleeting memories can be which I think is just a guarantee of life- that you will not have your memories forever. To try and capture my own memories, I’ve been on a continual journey of trying to document my travels. Certainly, the appearance of social media has helped us to use different mediums to document our travels eg. blogging or visual documentation aka Instagram and Facebook albums.

Journaling: I have journaled on most of my travels. Booking a new trip for me actually also means finding a new notebook just for that trip. I’ve found that the Muji notebooks are actually really great as they are thin (which means that I have a good chance of finishing it- who else hates unfinished notebooks?!), come in a variety of sizes and they are light. I have an entry for every single day of my trip and sometimes they are written all at once after 3 days on the trip due to time! What I did, where I went, what I ate and my general running thoughts that day.

Ticket stubs: I also collect some ticket stubs, flight stubs, cool looking cards/papers and even soap wrappers that I will stick into the journal after the trip and writing part is all done. Call me old fashioned but I love looking back at all of these and how cool are ticket stubs in a different language?

Souvenirs: I’m not so much of a souvenir “collector” but am always on the lookout for something that might catch my desires. I have been on many trips where I have come back empty handed but that’s ok! I’ve come to the stage in my life where I only want amazing pieces that I love and not just heaps of knick-knacks that I will have to store.

Pictures: This is an area of improvement for me. I need to get out of the habit of taking pictures on my phone and use my camera instead. I have files sitting on a usb or hard-drive (somewhere) and need to do more justice to them! I have a photo album where I print the “highlights” but have not updated that album for the past 2 or so years. I would love to frame some one day when I have my home.

Anniversary: A group of friends and I had for 10 years post trip (every year) come together for a dinner to rekindle those memories. The restaurant was also the same cuisine (but we tried a new one each time). Since then, life has gotten in the way but that was such a great way to keep the trip alive while we had the chance!

What are some ways that you keep your memories alive? Do you have any great anniversary celebrations? Do you also journal? How do you display your photos? I’d love to know.

4 thoughts on “How To Preserve Travel Memories: 5 Ideas To Try

  1. This is a great idea. I always say I should journal more when I’m traveling but I don’t end up doing it as much as I should. Having a Muji notebook might help with that, though since I don’t have a designated notebook for my travels and end up jotting down notes on whatever I happen to have.

  2. ThingsHelenLoves

    I buy art, usually black and white images of the place I’m discovering. Or I have a thing for vintage maps. I move house every few years due to my husband being military so I can’t really build up boxes of keepsakes of stuff, but there are always walls and I always love to fill them with memories. Also, great conversation starter when you have people round you’ve just met!

    1. Oh that’s so lovely- vintage maps too! I guess art is also easy to transport if you’ve got them in frames. I’ve regret not buying items as I thought “I don’t have a home yet” but now realise there is a fine line between having nice pieces to surround yourself with vs regretting not getting something.

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