Ten ways to document your trip overseas

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If you’re planning a trip to one of our destinations (or anywhere else for that matter), you’re going to want to remember every second of it. These days there are dozens of ways you can do this – here are ten of our favourite ways to document your amazing adventures.

An online blog

It’s quick, easy and totally free to create a really attractive travel blog to keep all your memories and photos in one place, as well as keeping friends and family up to date at the same time. If you’re a pretty frequent flyer, you can keep your memories of a whole lifetime’s travelling in one place – and it might even make you famous! Here are a few famous travel bloggers to check out:

Twenty-something Travel

Nomadic Matt

Expert Vagabond

A journal

A paper journal is a great way to make notes of all your memories in a book you’ll be sure to treasure forever. Sure, it may not be online, but you may not always have an internet connection, and might prefer to spend some time ‘unplugged’. There’s nothing stopping you from creating an online version once you get home. There are hundreds of different types of journals available on the high street – some are totally blank and others guide you through all the things you might like to remember when on your trip. The choice is totally yours.

Social media

‘Checking in’ on Facebook or sending a tweet might feel a bit too easy, but it’s a great way to put together a real-time account of everything you’re getting up to and sharing the experience with your nearest and dearest. Lots of travellers share their experiences on Instagram – have a look at these accounts (as well as Gap Medics, of course!). There is also an app called Jauntlet which compiles all of your social media posts from the duration of your trip.

Write a book

Call us crazy, but how many people say they’ve done so much, they could write a book on it? Well, why don’t you? Whether you write purely for pleasure or for a genuine publishing goal, it’s a sure fire way of putting your favourite moments on paper forever. We’ll look out for your bestseller in the departure lounges of the future!

Send postcards

Sending yourself (or a friend/family member) a postcard every so often is a fantastically visual way of documenting your travels. Possibly the best thing about it is that you won’t get to read about your adventures until you get home, meaning you get to relive the trip all over again. Of course, sending postcards to your home or your parents’ address is perfectly fine – however, if you’re planning to be away for quite some time you could always go one better and set yourself up a PO Box.

Photographs

Although most people’s phones have brilliant cameras these days, sometimes nothing beats the quality of a great digital camera. If you can invest in the price of a digital SLR camera and invest the time to learn how to use it, you will be able to take absolutely stunning photographs of everything from market scenes and monuments to wildlife and sunsets. If you’re concerned about learning how to use a difficult piece of kit, choose what’s called a ‘bridge camera’ or one that can be set to full automatic mode. That way you can always choose between snapping away and setting up the perfect shot.

Alternative: don’t fancy a digital camera? Buy a box of disposable ones and develop them when you get home.

Video or voice recordings

Investing in a video camera or even recording video on your phone is another great way of making memories of your trip. There are plenty of free apps that you can use to edit your videos into a film. If you’re more of an audio editor, getting hold of a dictaphone means you can voice record what you got up to every day of your trip. You could even record sound effects (trains, market squares, etc) or interview people that you meet along the way.

Maps

You might not want to carry a giant map around with you on your travels, but you might like to buy one for your bedroom wall and put pins or dots on all the places you’ve visited. You can even buy ones that you can scratch with a coin! It’s the perfect way to see where you’ve been and where you’d like to tick off.

Ticket stubs

Boarding passes, bus tickets, even the tab from your first pint in Dublin… Collect the little ticket stubs from your journey and you’ll be amazed at how much you remember when you look over them all.

Souvenirs

If you have the room in your suitcase, souvenirs are a great way of remembering all the cities or countries you visit on your trip. They don’t have to be expensive – collecting fridge magnets or key rings is just as fun as collecting priceless antiques. It’s also a lovely way of remembering your travels every day that you’re not away – you’ll remember Gap Medics every time you make a cup of tea or open your front door.

The most important thing to do is enjoy the time you have while you’re there. If that means switching off your phone or putting down your pen for a moment, then so be it. All the same, if you choose to document your trip, you’ll be very glad you did. If you have a blog or a video of your Gap Medics experience, we would love to see it!

 

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