You can tell a story, but a picture is worth a thousand words. Isn’t that the popular saying? While I don’t usually believe such sentiments, this is one I can get behind. Pictures are, indeed, a much celebrated form of transporting the viewer to an event, or making them feel a connection to what or who they are viewing.
This is why travel photos are such wonderful things. You can show others what you saw and include them in the experience. Thanks to digital camera, camera phones and social media, it is easier than ever to do so. Showing travel photos to friends, family and for our own enjoyment are second nature these days. It is a nice change from the dreaded vacation slideshow “parties” that used to be common place.
A great way to showcase your travel photos and give people a real impression of your amazing trip is by creating a travel photo journal. By making it digital, you will be able to share it with friends and family all over the world.
Here are some tips for making your own, from prep work to the finished project.
Getting What You Need
Get a scanner
This is a must have for anyone. Not everything you put into your travel journal will be a photo you took. You might want to show off postcards you found/sent, receipts, ticket stubs, menus, brochures, physical pictures or anything else you can think of. Having a scanner is an easy way to get a copy online to use.
Find a good file hosting service
You will probably make your own website, blog or photo collages. But an image hosting site will let you back things up, easily embed pictures and otherwise keep a record of what you upload for use later. All in a safe place, and usually for free.
Take a ton of shots
Not all of your pictures are going to go into your travel journal. Thanks to digital cameras and SD cards for expanding storage, you don’t have to worry about running out of film, either. Go nuts, and take as many pictures as you like.
Organizing Your Items
Now it is time to start organizing what you have, and deciding on what will be included. Take out your favorite pictures, and those other things you gathered that you want to include. Keep in mind that a digital journal has no limit to size, so don’t be afraid to use a lot.
Decide on a format
I favor blogs for travel journals. They are easy to use, share and have next to infinite space. Plus, it can be kept with other things, like travel journal posts of other trips, special events and anything else you might feel like sharing. However, other people use special domain websites they buy, or their social media profile. You can even create a page by page digital scrapbook using Photoshop, GIMP or other photo editing software. Or make a slideshow.
Make Your Journal
Put it all together
All that is left is to get all of the pieces together, make the pages and create your digital travel journal. This is the best part, after the trip itself of course. What is great about a digital version of this idea is that you don’t have to worry about mistakes. Anything can be changed or fixed, or updated.
Share it with friends
Post on your Facebook, Twitter or even put it all on Pinterest. There is no limit to who you can show you travel journal to.
Make a physical copy
While I love the web, I am an old fashioned girl at heart. I like having a tangible copy of my memories. That is why I always take the original items I was going to include, use a photo printing site like Snapfish to get copies of my photos, and make a real journal. There is no reason you can’t have both.
Jessy is an aspiring blogger for Dobovo, the free tool to pick Kiev accommodation (and the trusted one!)