The memories that are made while traveling are priceless. Merely sticking photos into albums doesn’t do your memories justice. Why not organize travel memories in a fun and unique way?
Here are 15 creative ways to organize travel memories and put them on display. Who knows – maybe some of them will even be great conversation starters when company visits.
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1| Travel-Themed Gallery Wall
A travel-themed gallery wall is a great way to display a sampling of your treasured travel memories for all to see and enjoy.
Here are a few examples to inspire you:
2| Sand Display Jar
Here’s a fun way to organize travel memories from beach destinations.
Save a cup of sand, dirt, or even pebbles from each place. Display it all in a mason jar with a label for each location:
3| Postcard Journal
Send yourself a postcard every day during your trip. Write down a memory from the day, where you went or what you did on each postcard. Collect the postcards at the end of your trip and voila! A travel postcard journal.
4| Destination Shadowboxes
Shadowboxes are a great way to combine pictures, maps, ticket stubs, and souvenirs all in one. These could be included within a travel themed gallery wall or made into a gallery wall themselves, as pictured below:
5| Memory Jars
Memory jars are simple and easy way to organize travel memories. They make a nice addition to a bookshelf and are a simple way to use any extra mason jars that are laying around the house.
6| Travel Keepsake Kit
Along the same vein as a memory jar is the travel keepsake kit.
It’s a personalized keepsake box designed to fit loose photos, postcards, ticket stubs, and other memorabilia. Who thought of such a brilliant yet pretty way to organize travel memories? Why Martha Stewart, of course! They’re even color-coordinated. Oh, Martha.
7| Memory Rock Jar
Write a favorite memory from each trip or destination on a rock from that place. Keep them in a jar or a large glass bowl. That way you’ve got easy access for reminiscing and a nice coffee table centerpiece.
8| Framed Currency
This is a great way to display beautiful foreign currency or currency that can’t be used on a future trip, like pre-Euro money!
9| Utilize Maps
Organize travel memories with maps! A scratch-off travel map, like the one pictured below, makes for a nice display (and record) of all the countries you’ve visited.
Or, mark off where you’ve been with pins in the classic wall map bulletin board:
10| Re-purpose a Passport
Do you have an old passport that’s full of stamps of places you’ve traveled? No need to keep it stashed away somewhere when it can be re-purposed into passport art.
Behold. The passport wall art:
11| Use a Fillable Lamp
A fillable lamp will not only organize travel memories, it will automatically personalize your decor with zero effort.
No trimming, hanging or measuring – simply fill the lamp with anything from your vacation. Switch out the memorabilia as often as you’d like, or to match your home decor.
Seashells, sand, postcards, pictures, or even memory rocks can go inside the lamp – not just ticket stubs. The possibilities are endless!
12| DIY Travel Postcard Tray
This adorable tray is a fun way to not only save pretty postcards but also to put them to good use.
13| DIY Travel-Themed Coasters
Organize travel memories for all to see and enjoy with these DIY travel-themed coasters. It just takes a bit of Modge Podge and a map or photos from your trip.
Another awesome way to make DIY coasters is to put pennies or foreign coins into an acrylic mold, as pictured below:
14| Seashell Shadow Box
If you’re a collector of seashells but are at a loss as to what to do with them (besides put them in a glass vase), you may want to try a shadow box. It’s a nice touch for coastal decor.
15| Instagram Photo Memory Book
Love using Instagram to organize travel memories? Then you’ll love Chatbooks.
With Chatbooks, it’s easy to curate your own unique Instagram photo memory book. All you have to do is download the app, sync it to your Instagram account, and order a photo book! You can even order multiple volumes, in case all the photos don’t fit into one book or if you want a separate book for each destination. The books come in a thin, square, and compact size.
It’s convenient for jet-setting travelers, busy moms, or minimalists that like to keep it simple.
And at $8 per book, they’re also affordable. Double win.
NOTE: You’re no longer limited to using Instagram to create your Chatbooks. They now have a Facebook series and a Favorites Series. Simply download the app, then choose your favorite photos from your phone. Viola! You’ve just made your very own custom Chatbooks! They just keep making it easier for busy moms. 🙂
How do you organize travel memories?
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