Tuesday, August 30, 2011

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Tuesday Travel Tips: Preserving Travel Memories!

One of the best ways to "hold" onto those travel memories is by finding unique ways to preserve them.  And as your kids get older, have them become involved in creating them!

Keeping track of your trip is not only fun while you are doing it but it also preserves the adventure to look back on in the future.  Once your kids have the task of collecting mementoes, they will start to see things with new enthusiasm and learn even more while traveling!

Here are some fun ideas to preserve your vacation memories:

Written Journal
One of the most common travel records, this works best for children who are very comfortable writing.  You can start off the trip with a decorated blank journal and give it to your child as a gift before heading out the door. Encourage them to write in it at the same time every day and you may give them some prompts (what was your favorite thing you saw today?  How long did we travel for? etc.) to get them going.  Collect postcards, brochures, and tickets to any attractions to add to the journal.

Keep in mind that if yo have to force your child to write and it becomes a chore....this may not be the best way to preserve those memories......

so try one of these....

Photo Journal
Make your kids photographers for the trips.  Give them a disposable or inexpensive digital camera and ask them to take pictures of what they like and want to remember about the trip.  Maybe even give them an assignment with a list of things they need to take pictures of?

When you get home, spend an afternoon making a photo journal together with them.  Make sure they pick out the pictures and add their own captions, making it completely their creation.

Post Card Journal
Have your child pick up a post card at ever stop you make - really every stop - including the dingy truck stop for coffee & potty breaks.  Ask them to jot down a few thoughts on the back of each postcard regarding what they were doing, favorite things to see, etc.  When you get home, string them all through a ring.  Instant Vacation Journal!

Video Diary
You know the video camera can't be beat for bringing the adventure home with you, but how about giving your child the chance to make his own video for the trip?  Especially now, in the age of iPhones & iTouches that all have video recording abilities.  Have them do a daily video diary where they talk directly into the camera, telling their experiences...good & bad.  Have them "interview" people along the way - grandparents, the tour guide, the waiter at the local deli, etc.  Or simply have them take the scenic shots, providing their own commentary.

When you get home, you will have so much fun putting a movie together of your trip.  And you will laugh for years to come!  Precious!

Family Travel Times
Have each member write small articles about their vacation: how they got there, what they saw, what they loved or hated about the weather, the food, the cultural differences, etc.  Be sure to take photographs or draw pictures to accompany your articles.

When you get home, cut & paste these articles and pictures on sheets of 8 1/2 x 11-inch paper & photocopy them for friends, neighbors, or mail to family members.  Some software programs may have the ability to make a newsletter format for you.  Or step it up a notch - if you have a blog, allow each family member to "post" their article online.

These are fun ideas!!  I'd love to hear how you best preserve your vacation memories.  Leave us a comment telling how you do it.  Or better yet, drop us a note at rebecca@rwethereyet.com and we may feature your ideas in a future post.


4 comments:

Connie Weiss said...

AWESOME ideas!!

I used to have a travel journal when I was in my 20's.

Lisa said...

Lots of creative ideas! Both of my girls started paper journals as soon as they were big enough to hold a pencil. We use stickers, postcards, ticket stubs and anything else we find to embellish. It's great to have a travel keepsake!

Tonya @ The Traveling Praters said...

I have required my kids to keep a travel journal since they were small. It includes everything we pick up along the road, free stickers, post cards, brochures, etc. You name it, you'll find it in their journal. When they were small they HATED keeping a journal, but now that they are teens they look back on their efforts oohhing and aahhing and marveling at some of the really cool places they've seen and the experiences they've had. I no longer have to nag- they've become pretty good at maintaining their own journals now. Great ideas! :)

Mary @ The World Is A Book said...

Love the ideas and tips here. My kids haven't done much of the journals but love sending postcards to themselves. Now, to borrow your idea and find a way to string them. Thanks!