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:
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?