The thing about travel is that it doesn’t matter where you go, each place you visit will provide a different experience that isn’t easy to put into words. Unfortunately, it might feel like you’ve been back home only a few weeks before the memories begin to fade. The good news is that if you find meaningful ways to commemorate your trip, you can make these recollections last as long as you want. Here is how you can do this:
Take Expressive Pictures
Now, something you are guaranteed to do while traveling is to take lots of pictures. However, if you look closely at the snapshots you have taken before, you may find that something is missing. This could be because you have focused on getting the prettiest shot rather than one filled with meaning.
So, how can you change this? Well, try not to snap generic pictures just for the sake of posting them on social media. Instead, look around – what is capturing your attention or your emotions? Maybe it is a happy dog, a giggling child, or the tastiest meal that you have had in a while. These are the things that are worth capturing. It can also help to get a different vantage point when taking your picture.
Choose Meaningful Souvenirs
You probably have lots of magnets, scarves, and various other items people have gifted you from their own travels. These, however, don’t really make much of an impact and certainly won’t capture your imagination. This is why you should switch up the way you buy your souvenirs. To start with, stay away from tourist traps, as there is often a scam attached to them. Not to mention, it can be difficult to find anything really authentic in these places.
What you should do instead is to choose more personal items – they don’t have to fall into the category of what most people consider souvenirs. You could decide to save a flower that you picked, sand from a beach, or something similar. A unique idea is to send postcards to yourself. This way, you can jot down notes about your travels and read them later on.
Make Lasting Connections with People
Once you start traveling, you will realize that countries and cities are more than just about the history, architecture, customs, and climate. What is really meaningful is getting to know the natives, learning about them and making connections. Many of them often have so many enriching stories to share that could touch your life as well. Reaching out to people is what is most likely to inspire you on your travels.
One of the best ways to commemorate your travels is to find a way to keep in touch with the people you meet. Exchange addresses, e-mail, or phone numbers with them. So, even if you are just wishing each other a happy birthday every now and then, it can still feel incredibly special.
There you have it, all the interesting, beautiful ways that you can continue to reminisce about your travels, long after they are over.
About the Author:
Tracey Plunkett is a content writer who takes her travel interests very seriously. When she has the time, she enjoys sharing her experiences with anyone who will listen. Right now, she is just getting started with her journeys but she hopes to visit as many countries as she can. Tracey also loves nature and is happiest when she is able to combine her two favorite passions.