Even if you don’t run a travel blog, documenting your travels is incredibly important. After all, you’re taking in so much that, unless you find a way to keep track, you’re going to forget a
lot that you’ve learnt. No one wants to lose a moment of their time abroad. But it’s becoming that much easier to record everything, with smartphones and selfie sticks and online
journal services. As long as you’ve got a plan, you won’t lose a moment of your whirlwind travels. Here are 5 things you need to document your travels.
1. A good Camera (and Printing Options)
The first thing you need to do is take photos. Now, technically, you don’t need a camera. You can use your phone for high quality photos, whether you’ve got a Samsung, iPhone, or any
other recent release. And some cameras are not as good as what you’ve got in your pocket.
But upper range cameras cannot be beaten, and if you’re serious about your photography, you should make the investment. Printing is a personal decision. Some people need hard copies of
their photos, and there are many services available (take a look at this Shutterfly review, for example).
2. A Journaling App
While photos are incredibly important for recording your holidays, they can’t capture thoughts and feelings. And it’s your thoughts and feelings that truly capture what you’ve learnt
and how much you’ve enjoyed your trip.
To capture your thoughts and feelings, nothing beats journaling, and there are tons of apps available to simplify the process. There are those who love the old fashioned paper and pen, but scribbled
writings are far harder to keep track of and are much more likely to be lost behind your seat on the train.
3. Create a Unique Hashtag
A creative way to use social media to document your travels is to create a hashtag unique to your time away. #TimAndTamsTripToBeijing may be a mouthful, but everything you tag with it will be
easy to access at a later stage. This is particularly useful for Instagram, and you can share it with interested family members and friends (those who won’t get too jealous!).
4. Record voice Notes
Sometimes, you don’t have the time to write your thoughts and photos just won’t do. Voice notes are an excellent means of documenting impromptu events with minimal effort. Speaking a
few lines takes a lot quicker than writing the same, and can even be easier to access later, when your brain is too tired to read.
5. Live Stream
This is for those who are confident enough to share unedited footage of themselves online. Live streaming is a great way to bring your family and friends in on your experiences. This
is especially true for when you’re at an event you could never hope to describe. Capturing it in the moment and sharing your joy with the world may take courage – you can’t edit out
an unflattering shot of your face – but there is no better way of sharing your travels.