4 ways to discover and share travel photos from past trips to satisfy wanderlust

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While all travel may be put on hold in the near future, you can still experience the joy of travel by rediscovering the places you have previously traveled through photography.

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Travel writer, photographer and author Lebawitin “Lily” Girma confessed that it’s a confusing time to imagine distant places – the coronavirus is a frightening reality that we face. But there is a way to remain respectful and sensitive and at the same time satisfy your wanderlust – from the comfort of your home, of course.

“It helps to go through photos and think about the moments when you actually learned something,” she advised. “We all have these moments that stay with us because they surprise us and we learn about ourselves or someone else. There are a lot of families at home right now, too, studying and doing it together, and photography is a great tool for that.

“Not only can the education component help people get distracted, but it can inspire them to take a meaningful vacation next time around and focus on activities that are cultural and immersive.”

So while you wait for the moment to book your next trip, you can enjoy the joys of your past vacation and what made it so special. Whether you want to just flip through the photos of your last trip or print them out in a creative way, here are four ways to rediscover your past trips through the photos you have taken.

Share your pictures beyond Instagram

Instagram doesn’t cost anything and is an easy way to share travel photos with family and friends, though it doesn’t really give you the option to stay organized or to backup your photos. It’s a fun social media app, but if you still have pics from past trips on your SD cards and are itching to travel somewhere, you should tackle both issues at the same time. As you may know Adobe Lightroom as photo retouching software, but also as a cloud-based service that allows you to optimize and share your photos (including information such as captions and location on a map). Since you can do anything to brighten a photo, arrange groups of images, or share items, organizing old travel photos becomes a fun and intuitive process.

Create your own puzzle

If you self-isolate and stay at home, have you noticed your screen time is increasing? Between binge-enabled shows and reading the news on Twitter, breaking free from our TVs or smartphones is a challenge. Perhaps you put your last puzzle together in middle school, so discover the comforting act of patiently searching for the right piece and creating something tangible. Whether it’s a photo of the whole family in Times Square right before your first Broadway show together or the impressive natural scenery of a place like Cliffs of Moher or Iguazu Falls, you can do it all in one Photo gallery puzzle manufactured from 60 pieces to over 1,000 pieces.

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Get old school with (almost) instant photos

There is something seductive and nostalgic about the old Polaroid photos of your parents and grandparents and the success of instant cameras like this Fuji Instax just underlines our desire for some retro future. However, you can achieve the satisfactory result – the white-framed photo that magically develops right in front of your eyes – without having to take an instant camera with you when you travel. With a printer like that Fujifilm Instax Mini-Link, you can use Instax Mini Film and connect to the device through an app on your phone to print photos from your past trips. They can just be passed around and shared at the dining table, or you can organize them into an album if you want to flip through the pictures with your own two hands.

Create a coffee table book

Photo books have improved their game today. Far from the cheesy designs and templates you might envision, you can instead create a travel memory book that is just as reminiscent of a favorite trip as a family heirloom or piece of art. Pages like MILK books and paper provide timeless templates, and all you have to do is provide the photography. If instead you want to share your Instagram favorites in physical form, give this a try Chat books as they pull pictures from your Instagram feed (or other sources if you so choose). It makes it incredibly easy to share the best of the best from your archives. While you’re at it, take a look at theirs ongoing photo book series– it automatically creates a photo book for you every 60 photos in your timeline so when you travel again you can enjoy your memories in book form without thinking about it.

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Theresa Christine is a freelance travel writer based in Los Angeles, California. You can keep up with their adventures by subscribing to their Delve newsletter. subscribe to Here or listen to their travel and feminism podcast, The wild and curious podcast.

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