Nine Creative Ways To Document Your Travel Memories

Going on vacation is amazing, right? There’s nothing better than getting some time away from reality and relaxing or adventuring with the ones you love. But then you come home and those memories start to fade. Awful, right? Well, I’ve scrounged up a few fun and creative ways for you to keep those special memories alive.  Let’s take a look:

ONE | Let’s try some cross stitching. This Etsy Shop provides you with templates from all over the globe. You can choose from London, Paris, New York, and Sydney just to name a few. You can pick them up for 6 dollars a piece or a three-pack bundle for 15 dollars.

9 Creative Ways To Track Your Travels

TWO | Watercolor Photo: turn a beautiful picture from your trip into an amazing watercolor photo for a gallery wall. You can achieve this by purchasing the Waterlogue app for the cheap price of $ 2.99. Check out this article on how to use the app.


THREE | Get crafty and make a plush pillow! Save those concert tickets, special flight tickets, anything really and use them to create great memories. The tutorial is on A Beautiful Mess, check it out here.

9 Creative Ways To Track Your Travels


FOUR | Customize a set of coasters. I am sure you can find a tutorial online or order a set here. They would be a great gift for family members as well. (i.e. I made a set for my father of a trip of ours from my childhood.)

9 Creative Ways To Track Your Travels

FIVE | City Glass Map: I love these; they are the coolest and most creative piece of mention, in my opinion. I have gotten countless ones for myself and even got one for my sister when she moved away from home to pursue her veterinary degree.

9 Creative Ways To Track Your Travels

SIX |Scratch Globe: get a stand and place it on your desk at work. A little piece of your precious memories to help get through another work day.

9 Creative Ways To Track Your Travels

SEVEN | Photo Book: Montage is currently offering 30% off all photo books. They are a great way to make a personal and long-lasting memory. Plus, they are great gifts. I made one for my husband with photos from our honeymoon.

9 Creative Ways To Track Your Travels

EIGHT |Get this awesome scratch off travel journal to customize for each trip you make. I ordered a few for my upcoming trips this year.

Get this awesome scratch off travel journal to customize for each trip you make. I ordered a few for my upcoming trips this year.

NINE | Collect a specific souvenir on each trip. For example, Edward and I pick up a magnet on each trip that we go on. As of now, these magnets sit on the face on my fridge and take me back in time each time I see them.



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Author: Alexandria Drake

Welcome! My name is Alexandria and this is my blog about my travels around the world, navigating marriage, and finding tranquility in a world of chaos. Follow along on the adventure called life!

  • These are great ideas! My best friend and I went to Europe last summer and she let me steal the way she collects her travel memories. Every new place I go to, I buy a Christmas ornament. She started the tradition last summer and I started this summer. It was so fun unwrapping them and putting them on the Christmas tree this year. I can’t wait to add more from all my travels this year! 🙂

    • How did you like Europe? That is a great idea! My friend brought me an ornament from Austria this year. It was adorable! We collect magnets but sometimes I consider changing it up but I’m not sure what to pick up.

  • Lauren @

    Awe my love and I get magnets and use it to hold our favorite pic from each place. Also collecting the “do not disturb” signs make for an interesting collection.. Love the coasters though!

    • We never really go anywhere with the do not disturb signs, but that would be interesting! We love getting our magnets. It’s the first thing we do when we land somewhere new!

  • What awesome ideas! I am trying to figure out what to do with all of are travel photos, we need to use some of these ideas!

    • Thank you! I finally buckled down and made three photo books from our travels the past two years. I’m sure you could make some amazing crafts with all your beautiful photos from Iceland!

  • Wow, such great ways to preserve memories! I’ll definitely try some this year! Especially love the idea of a photo book!

    • It’s always great to be able to look back on a trip. If you don’t want to put a lot of effort into documentation I would recommend a montage book. They’ll arrange all the photos for you!

  • Adelaide

    Amazing ideas! Another thing I’ve been using the ‘1 second a day’ app. It cost $4.99 but it’s amazing! Takes a second of footage everyday. Would definitely recommend.

    • I had never thought of doing that! I will have to download that, it would be so much fun and great for a blog post!

  • Ksenia Ruzanova

    I’m afraid, I’m far from being that creative:) Should try number eight, though!


    • You don’t have to be creative. Since you’re a writer number eight would be perfect for you! Is there any particular item you collect on every trip?

  • I am such a sucker for documenting trips! I love making photo books and displaying photos around my home.

    <3 Have Ashley, Will Travel

    • Me too! I have several photo books. I make them every year! I also love giving them as gifts!

  • These are great gift ideas for travelers too! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  • What a great little collection of beautiful ideas. My favorites are the watercolor pictures since most of the times you can just stumble across somebody selling those at the touristic spots.

  • Wow, these tips are great! I have never thought about stitchin or pillow making when it comes to travel memories (not that I would totally end up with plasters all over my hadns anyway^^). Great ideas!

  • The boarding pass pillow is adorable!

  • disabledmabel

    I love all of these ideas, have seen the journals a few times and love them – so cute and definitely a bit of me! I also love the hexagonal globe thingy!
    I collect shot glasses in each country I have visited, so far I have a pretty good collection! And my Granma used to collect Thimbles! Both of which are personal items to us, you can collect almost anything as a souvenir!
    I’m also making a postcard journal on my trip around europe to add photos to when I get home as a visual souvenir! 🙂

    Love, May x

  • Gwen

    These are great ideas! I especially love the watercolor print! Beautiful! Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Very cool ideas!! xx