Having a camera built in to our phones means capturing moments and storing memories is easier than ever. It’s super convenient to flick through digital photo albums and relive special travel experiences. Children particularly enjoy taking a digital walk down memory lane.
Photos are a fantastic way of storing memories while travelling but they are certainly not the only way. Here are a few other child friendly options for collecting and keeping memories of your next adventure:
Videos are a great way to truly capture a moment. You can record your kids in action, whether that be splashing around in the water, eating a meal or trekking through a forest. Alternatively, you (or your children) might like to create a video diary or interview people you meet along the way. Videos, even more so than photographs, can truly record a moment in all it’s glory. Plus they provide a real talking point that helps make memories more relatable for kids, especially young ones. With things like Go Pro you can even record hands–free.
If you are visiting new counties, major landmarks or popular tourist destinations you may be able to find engaging children’s books that capture the destination in print. There are fabulous sticker books, pop-up books, children’s map books, atlases and stories published to engage, inform and educate young readers. Like photographs, books are easy to store, look through and revisit again and again.
Starting a collection of items from each location you visit is lots of fun for children of all ages. Your child might like to choose something different each time or keep it the same; postcards, mini landmarks and key rings are easy to find and generally kind on the budget. Alternatively, they could fill a bottle with a little sand from each location you visit, collect admission tickets, boarding passes or perhaps collect a pebble from each location, If you are visiting multiple countries with your children, they might like to collect stamps or coins from each place.
Travel journals can be as simple or complex as your child chooses to make them. They could create an elaborate scrapbook or simply write a sentence in a notebook to reflect on each day of their adventure.
Your child might like to write a letter or postcard home every chance they get, that way when the adventure is over they will have an instant collection of memories, neatly packed away in envelopes waiting to be relived.
If your child is school aged, they could post their correspondence to school. Their class would have the opportunity to read the mail and follow your child’s adventure before returning the mail to your child when they get back to school. The lovely thing about this is the writing will capture your child’s personality at that age; the spelling, letter formation and pictures can be looked back on in many years to come.
Recording your journey on a map is another fantastic way to keep a visual memory of places travelled. You might like to place coloured stickers on a map or upgrade to a scratch map or pin board map. They are easy to use, educational and look fantastic hung on a wall. Not only are maps great to show where your child has travelled but they are handy to use before setting off to show distances, places and create some excitement about adventures to be had.
While there are many options, most of the time taking photographs is the simplest, easiest and most convenient way to capture your memories. But that doesn’t mean the photos can’t be interactive. Professional printing services now offer a huge range of options when it comes to creating something a little more exciting. You can create puzzles, clothing, mugs, cushions, even snow globes with your happy snaps. Plus, of course, there are photo books. With these books you are not limited to images, you can add headings, stories, captions; any text, to accompany each photograph and build a great resource about your experiences.
Regardless of which method you and your child/ren choose to store memories, the most important thing is to make them in the first place! Don’t concentrate too hard on taking those photos or finding items for a collection when you could instead be totally present and immersed in your experience, making some amazing memories you’ll keep with you forever.
In summary here is a list of ways you and your child can collect and keep memories of your travels:
- take photographs
- take a video diary
- record video interviews
- buy location specific sticker books
- buy location specific pop-up books
- buy children’s map books
- buy an atlases
- buy location specific stories
- collect postcards
- collect mini landmarks
- collect key rings
- create a bottle of sand
- keep admission tickets
- keep boarding passes
- collect pebbles
- collect stamps
- collect coins
- write a journal or diary
- make a scrapbook
- write letters to themself
- write letters to their school
- place stickers on a map
- use a scratch map
- use a pin board map
- create a photo book
- create photo puzzles
- create printed clothing
- create photo mugs
- create printed cushions
- create a photo snow globes