5 ways to preserve your best travel photos

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Travel photos. We all take them whether it’s on our phone, dSLR, GoPro, underwater camera, disposable camera (yes, they still make those) or point and shoot. Most of your best travel photos will be dumped onto your computer or stay trapped inside a memory card and phone. But what if there was a better way. What if you could get those incredible travel photos out of your camera and onto your wall, with little effort and a bit of creativity? It’s possible, and I’ll show you how.

CanvasPop

Frame your best travel photos

My walls are filled with travel memories. Some are framed artwork we have picked up during our travels, while others are cool travel photos I’ve taken of my husband and kids in fabulous destinations. I love to matte and frame my images, but the larger those images get, the harder it is for me to frame them, which is why I turn to CanvasPop. I recently got the chance to check them out and I wasn’t disappointed. The photo printing is superb, and as a lady who has had to print her own work in the past on large-scale digital printers, I expect excellent color when someone else prints my travel pics. My 16×20 print from Scotland came beautifully framed and packaged so well that no harm could come to the glass or edges of the photo frame. When there was a small problem with the matte, customer service was able to rush out a new framed print to replace it in time for the holidays. Phew! Great service and one of my best travel photos printed on a large scale make me a very happy lady.

  • Who: CanvasPop
  • What: 16×20 prints, matted and framed
  • Discount deal just for you: WALKINGON35 expires December 31, 2015 and is applicable to the entire order of www.canvaspop.com.

Mypublisher.com

Make a travel photo book

Earlier this year I worked with MyPublisher to show off our family road trip across the U.S. After our trip to Europe, I turned to MyPublisher once again to make a beautiful photo album for my parents surrounding our Scotland road trip and I’ll be wrapping up a long overdue travel photo album from our Spain 2013 road trip very soon. Why do I turn to MyPublisher when there are so many other companies printing photo books out there, some even for less money? It’s all about the quality. They use higher end materials and their color printing is superior to their competitors. Their photo album building software is also very intuitive and easy to use once you get the hang of it.

  • Who: MyPublisher.com
  • What: travel photo book
  • Deal: First album free for new users

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Travel photo calendar

Tearaway calendars aren’t just for a phrase or word of the day anymore. Relive your travels over and over again with a small calendar highlighting your best travel photos from Instagram or your camera. Social Print Studio offers three different layouts and thicker paper, which will make this calendar last all year, and can also double as prints to hang on your wall long after the date has come and gone.

  • Who: Social Print Studio
  • What: Tearaway calendar

DIY Travel Photo Map

If you are crafty, you can grab your favorite country or world map and start pinning. Print out your vacation photos, attach a string to it via glue or a pin, and connect that string to the spot on the map that it was taken. This is a great way to show off your travels to your friends, decorate a teen’s room with a lifetime of travel memories, or hang in your office to remind you that there are warm, sunny beaches out there in the world when you are freezing all winter long. Want more fun DIY photo projects? Read CoolMomTech.com’s full report on alternative things to do with photos, and get instructions for your own photo blocks over on IntimateWeddings.com.

  • Who: Snapfish.com
  • What: 4×4 and 4×6 prints
  • Deal: 100 free 4x6s when you sign up (it’s free)

Travel Photo Magnets

While Christmas ornaments are great for hanging on the tree, remember your travels all year round when you open your fridge. Small magnets create a travel collage over time. Large photo magnets make a great gift for grandma so she can track where you have been and see the grandkids every day.

  • Who: VistaPrint
  • What: magnets
  • Deal: Every day VistaPrint has discounts on their promotional materials.

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Many thanks to CanvasPop for sending a 16×20 matted and framed print for the purposes of review. As previously mentioned, I have also received a product sample from MyPublisher. As always, my opinions are my own. I will never promote a product I can’t stand behind. This post includes affiliate links to a few products that I stand behind. 

Featured image via Social Print Studio

Keryn Means
Keryn is the founder and editor-in-chief of Walking on Travels, an award-winning site that gives hope to today’s active parents who don’t want to stop their lives; they simply bring their kids along for the ride. Keryn utilizes her project management background, along with a masters degree in journalism and an undergrad degree in photography to the team to create dynamic content and a vision that keeps up with the latest technology and trends. You can find Keryn dragging her 2 boys around the DC area most days and across the globe several times a year. Follow along on their adventures on Instagram and Pinterest.
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  • Kate
    Reply

    Awesome ideas, Keryn! We too have so many photos and prints all over our walls from our travel adventures. I love it, but I’m always on the look out for more ideas since yes, we have SO MANY PHOTOS sitting on our computers and phones. Love the idea of a tear-away calendar! That would make an amazing gift.

  • Corinne
    Reply

    Some great gift ideas!

  • Tamara
    Reply

    This reminds me that I need to get my tween to work on the last couple of travel photo books during her winter break!

  • Amy Whitley
    Reply

    Always happy to get photo advice from you. Your images are always so gorgeous!

  • Lisa Goodmurphy
    Reply

    Great ideas, Keryn – I need to try some of these suggestions with our travel photos!

  • Summer
    Reply

    This is a great reminder for me to get off my bum and do it! It’s so easy nowadays to create photo books. I’ve made a couple and while it did mean a lot of screen time, they have brought a lot of joy as gifts to the family. There’s something special about being able to hold a book in your hands and share it with others.

  • JessieV
    Reply

    Fantastic tips – too often, they are left languishing on our computers.

  • Allison
    Reply

    I have made photo books before, and also make DVD slide shows, but I am SO FAR BEHIND! Thanks for sharing some new ideas!

  • Colleen Lanin
    Reply

    I am so terrible about doing anything with my photos – great suggestions!

  • Michele {Malaysian Meanders}
    Reply

    I finally received my hubby’s Christmas gift. I had one of our summer travel photos turned into a 1000 piece puzzle by Ravensburger.

  • Kathy Marris
    Reply

    Great suggestions Keryn. I always create a photobook of my travels. I love them as coffee table books and they don’t deteriorate like normal photo albums.

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