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I don’t know what possessed me in this hot humid weather, but I decided to clean out our large storage cupboard a few days ago. It was literally bulging at the seams with memorabilia and stuff I have collected over the past 13 years. In the process of sorting through the large pile of stuff I came across so many mementos and keepsakes that it got me thinking about creating memories rather than moments.
Let me explain. My definition of creating memories is firstly experiencing the moment, enjoying it and capturing it so that is lives on forever. Most people do this by taking photos or videos of the event or experience. However I notice that a lot of Gen Y’ers and the Millennials like to take a selfie, publish it on social media, store it on their iPhone, iCloud or hard drive. The problem with this is that you can sometimes lose photos if your electronic device fails, is lost or stolen or is dropped in water. In an instant all of your wonderful memories have vanished!
Back in my day we had to take a photo with actual film in our cameras, take it to be processed and then wait maybe a week prior to getting our photos processed and printed. We then inserted these photos into photo albums so that we had a permanent record of the event or moment. It sounds like such an archaic process these days with the innovations made in digital photography and storing photos on hard drives and iClouds as opposed to be displayed in albums.
On cleaning out that storage cupboard I discovered at least 30 photo albums with memories so precious that I could never part with. So where does that leave photos not printed and only stored on electronic devices or hard drives? If you’re not careful in ensuring you have backup copies of photos or videos they could be gone forever. Believe me I have lost photos in this fashion!
It appears to me that a lot of travellers take trips to destinations and quickly dash around ensuring they see all the main tourist attractions, take a few selfies and then move onto the next place. This is what I mean about creating memories rather than moments. How can you really see and experience a destination unless you at least spend a few days there? How can you create memories when you are dashing about on a strict itinerary and not really living in the moment?
So my advice is that you focus on a travel destination, select the places you really want to see, walk the streets as much as you can to really experience the vibe of the place and yes, take plenty of photos. But also I recommend taking a travel diary, whether it be an actual notebook that you write in or an electronic notebook, and detail your trip every single day so that you don’t forget the name of that stunning beach or that charming village.
Most travel diaries or journals include a world map, a page for each day of your trip, an expenses register, a pre-trip checklist, world times, Australian Embassy locations, a place for names and addresses for contacts and blank pages or envelopes for pasting and storing admission tickets, receipts, etc.
On return from your holiday I recommend that you create photobooks to document your travels and display your wonderful photos. If you have admission tickets, postcards, souvenirs or brochures from your trip you can also scan or photograph these and insert these in your photobook. You can even write a brief account of your travels alongside the photos.
I have created photobooks for the majority of our trips and overseas holidays, and they make lovely coffee table books, plus keep all your memories alive forever. The greatest advantage of these lovely books is that the photos don’t fade or discolour like printed photos can. You also have total control of how you layout the photos on each page, select different backgrounds, themes, frames, decals or stickers and label each image or page as you wish.
There are many websites where you can create Photobooks, such as Harvey Norman, Officeworks, Vistaprint and Big W, but my personal favourite is Photobooks Express that you can create in the comfort of your own lounge room, by downloading their software onto your computer and then taking your own good time to be creative. The other one is Snapfish that you can prepare online. However the book and paper quality, price, variety of books and layouts of Photobooks Express I have found to be superior.
Another way to create memories is to take videos of your holidays and then put together a movie of your travels, that can be set to music, captioned and have still photos added in. Over the years I have created videos for my two children for their big occasion birthdays, such as 18th and 21st birthdays. They are wonderful for families to look back and reminisce about their childhood and special events in their lives.
An annual photo calendar showing off your wonderful travel photos or special occasions for the past 12 months is also another great way of creating memories. I usually make a calendar every year utilising the best travel photos from the previous year so that when I flip the page to a new month I can remember what a great holiday I had at that particular spot. I have a blogging friend who takes spectacular sunrise photos and used them to make stunning calendars that she has sold quite successfully.
If you have a couple of photos that are an absolute work or art, why not immortalise them by having them printed onto canvas? They look fabulous hanging on your wall and remind you of the trip or event each and every day. I have several of these hanging on the walls in my house and they look great.
A relatively new innovation are Australian journal maps where you can trace your journey, highlighting as you go on a journal map. Fellow blogger, Linda does these beautifully over at Journal Jottings. One of these would look fantastic on your wall and would forever retain the memories of your Australian trip.
Maybe I’m a bit nostalgic about events and holidays that have occurred in my life. My children tend to think that I overdo the photobooks, videos and calendars. However I feel at the end of the day I have created some wonderful memories that my children and maybe my grandchildren will enjoy looking at when I’m long gone. By then I’m sure there will be new ways to capture and keep memories!
This post is part of the Lovin’ Life Linky with a Lovin’ Life Team of the “ageing positively” kind who are as keen as I am to promote the Lovin’ Life mindset. The Lovin’ Life Team includes:
Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.
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