You've just returned from your vacation or backpacking adventure around the world, and your phone is packed with thousands of photos. Now what? Here's some different ideas on what to do with your travel photos.
What do you do with your travel photos?
When most people travel, they take photos, lots of them. So, what do you do with them? It is a shame for all of those photos to just sit on your phone, SD cards and memory sticks doing nothing. Especially, as you will see when you can use and enjoy them in so many ways.
Turn the best ones into wall art
If you have some great shots of an iconic landmark or a photo from a special event or party get it blown up and hang it on your wall. Every time you see it, you will smile a little, for sure. Canvas prints look good, but if you prefer something a bit more rustic, get your favourite travel photo printed out on wood. If you order on the web, you get a really good choice of frames, sizes, and finishes.
These prints can also make really good presents. If you are on the road a lot and want to send someone a special gift, just upload an image, choose the type of print and pay for it. Your friend or family member will receive a personalized gift-wrapped present without you having to spend a fortune on international postage.
Creating themed murals, wrapping your fridge or buying a photo cube are other ways you can use your travel photos to decorate your home. That way they are on display for everyone to enjoy.
Consider selling some of them
It is possible to sell some of the photos that you have taken. There are several places where you can load them up online and put them up for sale. It is a pretty flooded market, but if you are lucky you will sell a few. Plus, you will have the safety of having some of your photos stored in another location. Who knows, maybe this will be your first step along the path to living a laptop lifestyle!
Start a travel blog
I am lucky because running this travel blog means that I have a pretty good record of my travels, one that I can dip into and out of whenever I fancy. It's always fun looking back on my early travels such as backpacking in Mexico or cycling from England to South Africa years later. Setting up a travel blog is something I would highly recommend doing, but, I appreciate it is not for everyone.
But pulling together an electronic record of your travels is a great way to keep things organized. You will be really glad you did years down the line when you can look back on each of your journeys and remember them properly. It is far better than having to go through hundreds of photos to find the one you want.
Perhaps the simplest approach is to load up a journaling app on your phone. There are plenty of them available. Some of them even allow you to get started for free.
A physical travel journal
It is also nice to keep a physical travel journal at home. You only need to pop a handful of your favorite photos into it and write a few lines next to each one. Somehow looking at a physical book is nicer and brings back more vivid memories. It will only take a couple of hours for you to add a few pages each time you get home, so creating one need not be a big hassle.
Of course, there are other ways to use and enjoy your travel photos. But, these are the ones that appeal to me the most and seem to work the best.