Every time you travel, you tend to bring more with you than you left. Whether you’re a trinket collector, a photography connoisseur, or something else, figuring out how to display your memories can be a challenge. Shelves can be crowded and photo albums gather dust.
So what better way to keep your travel memories from ending up in an oft-forgotten box in the back of your closet?
Some avid travelers and travel experts shared their favorite ways to keep travel memories top of mind. Keep reading to find out their top decorating tips for displaying meaningful souvenirs and vacation photos. And then don’t miss 10 US Islands to Add to Your Wishlist – No Passport Required.
In an age of Instagram-worthy travel, taking pictures while on vacation seems like a no-brainer. But what happens to those photos when you get home? Do they live on your phone all the time, and do some of them briefly appear on social networks? travel writer Samantha Hamilton based in New England, Wanderlust employs local photographers on their trips to capture the moment in style.
“I really appreciate the photos from my travels so that when I get older I can look back on them and remember all the amazing adventures that I had,” she says. “My husband and I have created a gallery wall in our bedroom, and we add another photo to it every trip. As we get older and continue to travel, we can’t wait to fill our entire wall and love to have tangible memories we can look at before bed every night.”
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As with other seasonal decorations, travel memories can also be turned into home decor. That’s what the content creator Giovanna Di Biccari does! In addition to saving tickets or other passes to use as bookmarks, she rotates travel photos throughout the year to remind her family of their global adventures.
“These 4×7, 5×10 and 8×10 are replaced with memories of what we did that season,” Di Baccari says. “For example, I might have a photo of me and my daughter on the carousel in front of the Eiffel Tower. This photo was taken during Christmas. It serves as a good reminder of how much we have done around the world. and it makes my daughter ask where exactly this place could be.”
In keeping with a similar seasonal line, some travelers decide to decorate their holiday trees with travel trinkets. Small items or decorations are easy enough to bring home, so having a dedicated travel-focused tree can be a great way to remember past trips.
“For every holiday, I always buy a bauble to decorate the Christmas tree,” says Leila Gere campers Discovery. “I have a few ‘real’ decorations from these holidays (like glass trinkets from Switzerland) as well as homemade ones — like a small souvenir beer mug from…