Disclosure: This article has been sponsored by Tervis. All opinions are my own.
We travel quite often and while I would love to collect cute souvenirs from all our stops, I’ve come to learn that these five ways of documenting a trip make a lot more sense. No scrapbooking involved – promise. I’m not that talented anyways.
Travel is usually one of those things we want to remember. It’s fun, different from every other day, and typically travel is shared with those we love most. To me, it just makes sense that many of the memorable moments we hold on to usually somehow involve a trip. So how do we take a moment or a feeling and turn it into something tangible? How do we make that memory last after the trip is over?
Through my family’s many years of travel, I’ve tried several different ways of documenting our trips. These five ways have risen to the top as my ongoing favorites.
5 Creative Ways to Remember Your Trip
1. Bring home a specific taste or recipe.
Food always seems to be at the core of our travels. We love tasting new flavors, visiting new restaurants, and learning new recipes. Therefore, whenever possible, I like to bring flavor inspirations home with us so I can try to recreate them later on.
Bringing home a flavor or taste from your travel can be easy. Here are a few good ways to do this:
- Ask for the recipe. Some places will either give you or sell you the recipe for your favorite dish to take home with you.
- Keep a food journal. While I might not be able to get things absolutely correct, if I eat something that strikes my interest I’ll log it. Once I get home I’ll try to recreate it for my family. The notepad function on my phone works great for this!
- Bring some home. Bringing home a slice of the actual food you adored will work on some occasions and will serve as a temporary memory of a great time. For instance, every time we visit Mackinac Island I am sure to bring home a few slices of fudge!
2 . Collect regional Tervis tumblers as souvenirs.
Collecting souvenirs is another great way to remember your travels. For my travel souvenirs, I wanted to collect items that made sense. For this reason, when I came across the regional tumblers from Tervis, I knew that this was my “thing”.
If you don’t already know about Tervis, it is a company that started in Detroit in 1946. It is now fully operated out of Florida and as it was from the beginning, Tervis still creates high quality, reusable drinkware that is perfect to take on the go. What makes Tervis unique is that it uses a permanently sealed, double wall technology to keeps hot beverages hot and cold beverages cold. Plus, what caught my eye is that they offer a totally retro looking line of regional tumblers as well as tumblers that can be customized! Think family travel photos??
Because I always like to use reusable drinkware, I started ordering a new tumbler for each new state I visited. For instance, when I traveled to Fort Wayne, I ordered the coordinating tumbler from Tervis to take along.
During my travels, the Tervis tumblers have proven themselves worthy! I am able to refill my Tervis along the journey to stay hydrated and with the closeable lid, it can go in my bag pocket without spilling. The best part about the Tervis tumblers was that they actually kept my beverages the way I wanted them – coffee hot and ice water cold.
Since returning home from these trips, I still use my Tervis regularly. Each time I pull it from the cupboard, I get a little smile on my face.
3. Start a blog, vlog, or travel inspired Instagram channel.
With all of the social media channels available, documenting your travels through photos and stories can be fun (and free). Plus, by sharing your experiences on a public medium in this manner you’re not only creating a way to come back and remember your travels but your adventures may be an inspiration to others.
Easy ways to start sharing:
- Open a travel related Instagram channel to showcase your photos.
- Start a free blog and write about your experiences.
4. Send yourself a postcard.
So I “may” be in love with postcards. Each time I visit a new location, I’ll pick up my favorite postcard from a gift shop along the way. On the back of the card, I’ll write my favorite memory, possibly something the kids said or did. Then I’ll mail it back to our home from the local post office. This little memory is then waiting for us when we arrive home.
Have kids? This is a fun way to get them involved.
5. Take a lot of photos.
This may seem like a no-brainer but I am constantly taking photos during my travels. Sometimes these are moments that only happen once and having a visual memory to look back on helps those feelings to come rushing back. Just remember to sometimes be in the photos too! I always have to ask someone to take my photo but it’s well worth it and it’ll be worth it to your kids someday to see you there.
What is your favorite way to document your travels? Share your ideas with us in the comments.