This postcard has been inspired by one of our travelers who is on a trip as I write this. Edie sends me a daily journal which I devour after being sure I have had something to eat before reading her email. Why? Being a connoisseur of food and wine, Edie not only gives you tidbits of the historical background of the sights she has seen but is also so descriptive of the meals she and her husband, Peter, have enjoyed that I am drooling by the end. I have had the pleasure of planning trips for her Mother and Father and am now planning trips for her children. Three generations… What an honor! I am not surprised that Edie journals since her father always came home with pages of trips memories.
So… what are some other ways to remember your trip? The obvious one, photos. But the question is, what do you do with them at the end of the trip. Do they stay unorganized in your iPhone or iPad? Do you make albums in these devices? Here are some other ideas…
Another Northside traveler showed me an album of their family trip to Alaska that their daughter had made on Shutterfly. www.shutterfly.comBelieve me I am not being paid by them to advertise their company, but this was a beautiful book of trip memories.
Many years ago, I can remember having boxes of slides that never got looked at again. I also remember not taking as many photos because I was concerned about the cost of printing! How many of you now take thousands of trip pictures because you know you can pick and choose? Okay let’s be honest… do you delete? How lucky we are to have such technology to help us remember.
My suggestion… tackle this project sooner rather than later.
Next if you are really into remembering, how about creating an Animoto video. www.animoto.com. If I can do this so can you. Actually, it’s really fun to do. Here is an example of one of mine from my trip around the world in 2015.
Another idea came from a participant in one of the groups trips I escorted. She had a sketch book and would draw the scenery or the sight we were seeing and then make a book of drawings upon returning home. Being unable to draw even a stick figure, I was enthralled and envious. I had to remind myself that God had given me other talents!
Another way to remember at trip is to support the local economy which I seem to have no problem doing. My children call my house a museum due to all the artwork, sculptures, jewelry, statues and sometimes just chotkies. I love my pearls from Singapore and remember my trip every time I wear them.
It took me awhile to learn this tip… BE PRESENT. I have recognized that it is so easy to let my mind wander. Therefore, I try to be present each day on a trip. How do I do this… by focusing on all my senses. By concentrating on wondering if I will come home with a new favorite sensory memory.
Here are some of my favorite sensory memories.
Smell: The flowers of Monet’s Garden at Giverny
Sound: The sound of the hoofs from thousands of wildebeest during migration
Sight: The night lights of Hong Kong harbor and the sparkling jewels in the Temples of Bangkok
Touch: The Great Wall of China
Taste: Gelato in Italy, Malbec wine in Argentina or any food or wine of any kind!
After reviewing this list for this postcard, I think it would be fun to make one for every trip. That would be a unique way of remembering.
Please share with me if you have another way to remember. I am always curious.