7 Ways to Commemorate your Travels

I am a very visual person and I like to look at things that remind me of joy, beauty and adventure. I’m always looking for unique ways to display or share my travel photos, memorabilia and souvenirs. My examples revolve around my walks across Spain, on the Camino de Santiago.  Here are 7 ways to honour your travel memories:

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1 – Define a special area of a wall, corner or area to showcase one or more trips.  I actually have an entire room (my office) dedicated to many art pieces, framed certificates and photos. I was part of a 3 mast sailing ship group that traveled from Bordeaux France to A Coruña, Spain. I framed a brochure of the ship, and my two certificates, one for the completion of the voyage, and the other is my Compostela from my journey to Santiago. I also bought a miniature replica of the ship we sailed.

2 – My good friend Jodi made me this thoughtful gift for my birthday. She read through my blog entries of my Camino trips, and chose a quote from each trip I had completed. She wrote my quotes on mugs and I felt so humbled that she took the time to go through many blog entries to find her favorite ones.

3 – You can celebrate your trips by sharing some homemade goodies, topped with edible wafers printed with your favorite pictures. This service is offered by EatPrint.ca, a unique company that focuses on the concept of gratitude and celebration. The edible wafers are sugar-free, gluten-free, allergen-free and vegan, have a shelf live of 18 months so I typically order multiple sets so I am always ready for unexpected pilgrim friends to visit. The wafers are shipped around the word, and are a big hit at my events.

4 – You can create a collage of various photos of one subject. I focused on my boots that were my constant companions for more than 1500 km of walking in mud, dry dirt roads, snow, ice and lots of rain. I wrote an ode to my boots when I determined they needed to be replaced.

5 – I make hand-folded ornaments as part of my Ornamental company. I’ve added ornaments featuring the important symbols of the Camino de Santiago. Shells, red cross and yellow arrows are instantly recognized by pilgrims who have traveled across Spain and France.

6 – I often leverage Vistaprint whose patented technology delivers professional-quality printing in small quantities, affordably. I’ve used my favorite Camino photo and created a bumper sticker that not only serves to show my dedication to the Camino, but as gifts to my Camino friends. What I really appreciate about Vistaprint is that most countries have their own website and work location, therefore I was able to create my bumper sticker, but have it shipped from Spain and from Canada.

7 – I didn’t have a lot of time to write postcards or letters while I was walking on the Camino. Instead, I used one of my favorite picture showing me arriving at the Cathedral of Santiago, arms in the air in total gratitude and joy. I printed the photo as a postcard and sent them to my friends letting them know I was back and that I appreciated the words of encouragement and support they gifted me during my journey.

How do you commemorate your favorite travel memories?

 

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Retired exec consultant who traveled for more than 4 decades, both corporate and leisure. I appreciate my travel experience and want to share tips, photos and stories with readers! I live in Ottawa Canada and have traveled to 31 countries.

12 thoughts on “7 Ways to Commemorate your Travels

  • June 27, 2017 at 10:01 am
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    I love all of these ideas! I especially love the gift your friend made you. My family does not take many trips but we have others in our family that do. And taking a quote from a letter from them or from something they said about their travels and personalizing that on something…such a great gift idea! Thanks for sharing!

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    • June 29, 2017 at 2:31 am
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      Nicole,
      Thanks for your comment. I really like the idea of using quotes from letters or from a conversation, and making them the focus of a personalized gift.

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  • June 27, 2017 at 12:18 pm
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    I love the postcard idea! And how sweet of your friend to make the mugs! She sounds like a keeper!

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    • June 29, 2017 at 2:30 am
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      Ariel, Thanks for your comment, and my friend is pretty special to think of something so personal to make for me. She is a keeper!

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  • June 27, 2017 at 12:24 pm
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    Love this! I travel a lot but usually just bring home a shot glass or two lol.

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    • June 29, 2017 at 2:30 am
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      Jen, My daughter’s best friend collects shot glasses, so we try to find some for her on our trips. Thanks for your comment!

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    • June 29, 2017 at 2:29 am
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      Hi Shirley, thanks for your comments. It’s true that Social Media has made it easier to record travels, especially given my handwriting is pretty challenging to read. As far as cold feet, I’m happy to say this hasn’t happened very often. I’m pretty adventurous by nature!

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  • June 28, 2017 at 12:26 pm
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    All great ideas! We often create photo books of our adventures afterwards. Also, I have a map framed on a tackboard hanging on our living room wall. After a trip, we add pushpins to all the locations we just visited. The map has been a nice reminder for us and a neat conversation starter.

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    • June 29, 2017 at 2:27 am
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      I really like the idea of the map – in fact, I’m torn between the map that you can get at Amazon and a few other bookstore that is a scratch-type map. You scratch the area of the countries you have visited. The other option would be a regular map, with pins like you have used. Thanks for your comments!

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  • June 28, 2017 at 3:48 pm
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    I love these ideas. Right now I’m working on making a collage. Curious though, what are using to print your photos as postcards?

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    • June 29, 2017 at 2:25 am
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      To make my postcards, I use VistaPrint because they offer good products, they are well priced and they have offices in most countries. Thanks for your comment!

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