Not everyone travels. For some, it’s a dream they like to nurture without ever intending to follow through, and for others, the idea is downright crazy. But for those who have the travel bug, it’s a huge part of their lives and even their very identities.
So, it’s easy to see why it can be so important to the traveler to retain travel memories after the events themselves have passed. There are all sorts of ways to do this, although some are perhaps more reminiscent of good old memories than others.
While it may seem old-fashioned, scrapbooks and photo albums have gained a sort of retro-chic in recent years. It’s not that hard to see why, either. There’s no doubt that they’re charming objects in themselves before one even considers their utility.
They are very often highly personalized, and sometimes even entirely handcrafted from scratch, so the creative impact is noteworthy right away. Then, when you add to that the wondrous memories that are stored inside them, you’ve got a truly lovely object.
Every day, new scrapbooks are created by beginners, and still others are being made by experts in the craft. It is by no means a dying art form.
Recording our travels is not a new pastime by any means, with the practice having started more than a century ago, but what’s new is the great ease with which it can be done now. All you have to do is take out your phone, and hey presto!
Not only does an average modern phone easily match the cumbersome shoulder-mounted camera, but if you’ve got a few friends joining your adventure, you could have the same memories taken from multiple vantages at once.
Then there’s the advantage of storage. With a single external hard drive, you could store more video and photos than you would ever actually watch. The same is true for those who use cloud storage.
Here is where we embrace the newer side of things because there’s an option that combines all of the above in one space and then adds several features on top. The journaling app may not have the same feel or retro vibe, but it has a lot to offer.
All the media in existence can be added to any entry with a touch of your finger. You can write lengthy entries and then append your photos or videos to the same or make your own sketches.
Because it’s all digital, every entry is automatically given a time, date, and location stamp so that you needn’t bother distinguishing between various sites along your journey. You take the pics, write down whatever you like, and the spot where it happened is added for you.
Not only that, but if you’ve traveled with companions, you can add them to the specific entries. That way, all the participants can add their photos and thoughts too, thereby making it a living document in a way not possible before now.
As administrator of your journal, you have total control over who can contribute, and what they can add, etc. It’s journaling, scrapbooking, photography, and memory bank all in one effortless and convenient setup. It’s worth looking at, it really is.
Our memories are our lives, in a very philosophical sense. They provide us with the entire gamut of emotional responses, from longing and sadness to joy and elation and everything in between.
Keeping hold of travel memories will be important to certain people, and it’s great to see not only how many options there are out there but also how this basic need to retain memories is moving with us into the modern world as well.