Your Guide to Documenting Any Trip
Half the fun of traveling can be in documenting your trip. There needs to be a good balance between documenting what you’re doing and taking time to enjoy the trip.
You can spend a lot of moments creating solid memories.
You can use lots of different methods to create a record of what you’re doing and the places you explore.
From taking photos and videos to writing about your experiences. But if you want to document any trip that you go on, it pays to be well prepared.
By taking the right things with you and even planning how you’re going to document your trip, you can be more organized and save time.
Master Your Phone’s Camera
Having a camera with you means you can take photos and videos as memories of your trip. For most people, this is probably going to mean just using the camera on your phone.
It’s convenient and it saves space.
Phone cameras have also come a long way and can do a lot more now compared to when they were first available.
However, if you want to get more from your phone camera, you should spend some time making sure you know how to use it properly.
You can simply point and shoot without really thinking about what you’re doing, but there are various settings and options that you can use too.
Every camera is a little different, but you can take some time to explore a few different things on your phone. Firstly, take a look at what different modes there are.
These could be as basic as photo and video modes, or there might be options like portrait mode, panorama, macro, or even an option specifically for taking photos of your food.
You can learn how to adjust the basic settings like the flash, ratio, timer, and other settings. Taking some time to learn how to get more from your camera can help you to take better photos and videos.
Take a Separate Camera
If you’re really serious about photographing or filming your trip, you might consider taking a separate camera with you.
This could be anything from a small digital camera or a Polaroid camera to a larger, more professional camera.
There are various advantages to having a fancy camera with you. Especially if you’re someone who is very interested in photography.
Of course, there are some downsides too.
You have to carry it with you, and it can make you more of a target to thieves in some places.
Pack Some Camera Accessories
Along with your camera, there are definitely some accessories that can help you on your trip. Depending on whether you’ll be using your phone camera or taking a separate camera, there are a few different accessories that you might want to take.
No matter what type of camera you’re using, make sure you have the capacity to take as many photos or videos as you like.
This means having memory cards for a digital camera so that you can store everything. Or if you’re going old school with a film camera or Polaroid, make sure you have everything that you need to keep snapping.
If you’re using your phone, one of the most useful things you can have is a selfie stick or gimbal. It allows you to position your phone more carefully and make sure you can get the most from your phone’s camera too.
The DJI OM 5 gimbal gives you multiple features that can help you do more with your camera.
A good selfie stick does more than just make it possible for you to hold your phone at a distance. It should also help you to stabilize your phone. It can even do things like track movement.
When you’re choosing one to take on your travels, pick one that’s foldable and compact so it’s easy to carry with you.
Take a Larger Device for Writing/Blogging
As well as taking photos and videos, you might like to document your trip by writing. People have always kept travel diaries.
It can be a good way to document your thoughts and feelings about your experiences. Blogging is a great way to talk about your travels if you want to share your thoughts with other people.
You could also blog online but keep your posts private so that no one else can see them.
If you’re thinking about blogging about your trip, you might want to take a larger device with you for writing.
You can write on your phone, especially if it’s a larger one, but it’s not as quick and easy as using a tablet or laptop.
If you have a tablet, you could type using the touch screen or you could use a separate keyboard. A laptop-tablet hybrid can be pretty portable and offer you the best of both worlds.
Laptops can get pretty small and lightweight too, so they can be good for carrying around.
Make sure you have a protective case for your device to prevent it from getting damaged.
Set Up Online Sharing Platforms
If you do decide to share your travel experiences online, you’ll probably want to have a few places to share everything.
You might already have social media accounts that you’re going to use, like Instagram, Facebook, or YouTube.
You could also set up accounts or pages just for showcasing your travels.
It can help you to keep everything in one place and it also means your friends and family can choose whether or not to follow your travels.
When you want to blog about your trip, you will probably want to set up a blog that you can use. If you don’t already have one.
There are various blogging platforms that you can use. Whether you just want to create an account on a shared platform or you want to make your own website.
WordPress.com is an easy way to get started with a blog. There are various other options to consider too.
Remember to let everyone know if you’re setting up things for online sharing. That way, they can follow or subscribe to what you’re doing.
Go Oldschool with a Notebook and Pen
Not everyone has the desire to share their travels with everyone else. If you like writing but you don’t want to share online, you could also keep it simple.
Just write a travel diary in a notebook instead.
You can buy a nice notebook and the pen style of your choice and write what you want about your trip.
You could take notes throughout the day or it might be a good way to unwind at the end of the day. It’s a good way to make some of your memories more permanent.
Think about your experiences in a little more depth. If you’re someone who likes writing, it could also be a great way to improve your writing skills.
One of the best ways about this way of documenting your trip is that you can keep it to yourself if you want to.
You don’t have to show anyone unless you feel like it, so you can write down your private thoughts.
Collect Items for Scrapbooking
Another slightly more “traditional” way of making memories from your trip could be collecting items for scrapbooking.
Making a scrapbook of a trip can involve combining photos, writing, various pieces of paper, or anything else you want to add.
You might collect things like the tickets you use when you’re traveling, flyers, or programs for events you attend.
Anything that you think could work well in your scrapbook can be kept for making collages later. You might make your scrapbook as you go or you could do it when you get home.
You can even buy some things to stick in your scrapbook, such as postcards, or you might keep the receipts from the things that you buy on your trip.
If it makes you think of something memorable, you can make it part of your scrapbook.
Of course, buying souvenirs can be a good way to document your travels too. A souvenir doesn’t have to be a cheesy keyring with the name of the place you visited.
It could be anything that tells a story about where you’ve been.
Some people like to buy the traditional souvenirs like fridge magnets and bookmarks, but you can explore lots of other things too.
You could buy artwork that you can hang on the wall or display in your home when you get back.
Ornaments or trinkets, or some kind of home accessory can add uniqueness to your home decor.
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You might even find something wearable that reminds you of your trip, whether it’s a piece of traditional clothing that you like or just something from a local store or market stall.
Document your travels when you’re away.
You can have a great record of your experiences that you can share with others or look back on when you want to.
Hope these tips help you in documenting any trip, do you have any tips to add?
Let me know, til then—cheers m’deres!
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Nancy Polanco is a freelance journalist, lifestyle content creator, and editor of Whispered Inspirations. She is a proud Mom to Gabby and Michaela, and wife to Darasak. They all share her insatiable wanderlust, enjoyment of good food, and sharing their adventures with the world. Nancy is a contributor to the Huffington Post, TODAY’s Parents, and an Oprah Magazine Brand Ambassador.