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Ways To Preserve Your Travel Memories Forever

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I’ve spoken before about how I always feel pretty disheartened whenever I arrive home from my travels and how I like to make my house feel as travel-like as possible.

There’s also an abundance of travel memories that I bring home with me every time I visit a new place and there’s various ways that I try and make those memories last as long as possible.

Here are all the ways that you can preserve your travel memories forever.

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Start a mug collection

One of mine and Matt’s traditions whenever we go on holiday somewhere new is to buy a new mug to add to our collection. The plan is to have our home full of so many different mugs from all the places that we’ve ever been to. Our collection is coming along really nicely so far and I can’t wait to add even more to it!

I think it’s a great way to remember your travels as everytime you use a certain mug, you’ll instantly remember what it was like while you were in that particular place. I think the Budapest or the New York is my favourite mug so far, especially because they’re two of my favourite places that I’ve ever travelled to.

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Invest in a scratch map

Matt and I both got one of these each for Christmas and I think they’re such an amazing gift for any travel enthusiast. We’ve got out hanging on our bedroom wall and you simply scratch off the country that you’ve been to.

This is a great way of remembering all the different places you’ve been to, as well as having a pretty cool map of the world on your wall.

Our aim is to scratch off at least one place in every continent, but hopefully we’ll be able to hit most of the world by the time we’re done!

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Start a travel diary

The lovely people over at Marco Polo* very kindly sent over some of their travel journals which are just perfect for recording exactly what you got up to while on holiday.

They’re beautiful, colourful and incredibly lightweight so they can easily fit in your handbag, which means you can take them out and about while travelling so that you don’t miss a single thing that you get up to!

These travel journals definitely make for a great way to preserve your travel memories as you’ll be able to read back on everything you got up to in years to come, meaning that you’ll always be able to remincise about your travels.

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Matt’s parents bought us this amazing framed world map for Christmas last year and it now sits at the top of our stairs, meaning that everyone can admire it whenever they go up or down the stairs.

It comes with little pins that you can use to show where you’ve already been to, where you’re going next, and what’s on your travel bucket list.

The travel map was definitely one of my favourite gifts that I received at Christmas as it’s so incredibly thoughtful and personalised; it’s definitely the perfect gift for the travelling fanatic in your life!

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Keep a travel scrapbook

As much as I love seeing the images from my travels uploaded onto my Instagram or my blog, I do still love to have physical copies of the pictures too.

By creating a travel scrapbook, you’ll not only thoroughly enjoy and appreciate the final copy, but you’re also sure to enjoy creating a wonderful collage of pictures from your travels too.

A scrapbook can include anything you want; whether it’s just a few photos from your holiday, tickets and passes that you used while you were away or boarding passes and hotel room keys, a scrapbook is a surefire way of preserving your travel memories.

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How do you keep your travel memories alive forever? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @imjustagirl_16.

This post contains items that were sent to me for reviewing purposes but all thoughts and opinions on travelling are entirely my own. Please see my disclaimer for more.


  1. 13th April 2018 / 1:18 pm

    Chloe, this is a fab post and one I think I’ll be using quite a lot soon with my new job!! I recently bought the scratch map for my friend but I think I’m going to have to invest in one for myself as I think they are such a cool idea!! I also love the idea of collecting mugs, we don’t do it as much anymore but my dad used to collect fridge magnets (a weird one, I know) of all the places he has visited so we have lots on our second fridge haha!! It really is a lovely way to remind yourself of all the places you have travelled to though!

    Sarah | http://www.sazsinclair.com xx

    • chloedickenson
      22nd April 2018 / 7:07 pm

      Ahh how lovely! My gran collects magnets too and I think it’s a great way to remember your travels! Xx

  2. 13th April 2018 / 4:23 pm

    So many lovely ideas here, Chloe! I definitely need to invest in a scratch map, it’d bring back so many wonderful memories every time you see it on your wall! Scratching off a new destination when you get home must be a lovely feeling too! I need to update my scrapbook as I haven’t done so in ages! Mugs are such a nice collectible too, one of my friends collects magnets from different places he visits and I think that’s wonderful!

    Abbey ❤️❤️

  3. 15th April 2018 / 1:22 pm

    Oh I love the scratch map! It’s so cool! I love scrapbooking holidays and trips, it’s always such a lovely thing to look back on 💜💜
    Hels xx

  4. 15th April 2018 / 11:23 pm

    Ah I love all these ideas! I’ve always wanted a scratch map but have never invested in one. I’m thinking maybe christmas this year! I also started a few scrapbooks….had noon idea just how expensive scrapbooking can be!

  5. 16th April 2018 / 11:28 am

    I love to scrapbook so I like to keep my travel memories that way. I also have a. scratch map but I don’t love it so much as looks a bit ugly on my wall, although it’s always satisfying to scratch off a new country. Nikki x


    • chloedickenson
      22nd April 2018 / 7:07 pm

      Scrapbooking is great! Xx

  6. 16th April 2018 / 3:15 pm

    I’m dying to create multiple scrapbooks – I have a big box full of bits that I’ve kept and collected specifically for when I do have the time to create scrapbooks! I love the maps that you can pop pins in for all the places you’ve traveled to – such a lovely idea xo

    Char | http://www.charslittleblog.co.uk

    • chloedickenson
      22nd April 2018 / 7:06 pm

      Ooh that sounds so exciting! Xx

  7. 16th April 2018 / 6:16 pm

    I’d love to collect mugs but since I usually travel with hand luggage on shorter trips I need all the space I can get aha! I do collect postcards though, whenever my friends/family go on a trip they bring me one too so my wall is literally covered! x



  8. 17th April 2018 / 1:38 pm

    I absolutely love the personalised map Chloe. We have a similar one but ours is quite small and not personalised, I would love to get a large scratch one. I’m also a massive scrapbook lover and love looking back at memories xx

    • chloedickenson
      22nd April 2018 / 7:05 pm

      Thank you, it’s such a cute gift idea! Xx

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