One of my favorite pastimes is looking at photos from all our vacations and reminiscing about each of them. But pictures only tell part of the story of a vacation. Which is why before we left for our honeymoon to Thailand I researched other ways to document our trip besides photography. My favorite option, and the one I ended up doing, was writing and sending a postcard to ourselves from each city we visited. This turned out to be a great idea in theory, but a bit of a nuisance in practice. I think I ended up writing 10 postcards over the course of 13 days and spent probably an hour on each post card. First, I wrote a first draft so that I was sure I hadn’t left out a single detail. Then I carefully copied it onto the actual postcard in a size font that I am already having trouble reading.
Since then I have modified this exercise so that we get documentation of the vacation while remaining present in the moment and enjoying ourselves. I buy one postcard with a picture that best sums up our trip. On the back I write the dates, who was there, a few words meant to trigger particular memories, and a sentence or two summarizing the trip. Someday they will live in a cigar box on our bookshelf and we will go through them often reminiscing about each trip. I’m especially excited to lay on the floor with my kids and go through each one, showing them how cool their parents are and daydreaming with them about all the trips they will go on in their lifetimes.
How do you immortalize your memories from traveling?