I brought my DSLR and point-and-shoot camera on vacation and took lots of great shots. Even after a short trip, I end up with hundreds — sometimes thousands — of photos. I’m always looking for new ways to share them with my friends and family without completely overwhelming and boring them. (Who wants to look at 300 photos of an elephant?) Don’t let your travel photos perish in purgatory on your external hard drive. Do something practical and fun with them instead. Here are 7 creative ways to share travel photos.
Best Ways to Share Travel Photos
1. Make photo books
There are dozens of companies that offer photo books. These digital scrapbooks are great and affordable ways to share your travel photos. You can customize them as much as you want – ranging from just dropping your photos into the templates or creating designs in Photoshop and importing them. Companies like Shutterfly have great promotions and coupon codes when you join their mailing list. You can even create the book and wait until you get a coupon code to print. For online coupons, you should visit ChameleonJohn.com. They have coupons and deals for lots of online retailers.
2. Create a gallery wall
If you’re looking for a way to display travel photos in your home, a gallery wall is a great way to show off some of your favorite photos. Websites like Pinterest and Apartment Therapy offer creative ideas for layout and composition. Whether you use black and white or color photos, this can be a fantastic way to share some of your favorite memories with guests when they come to your home.
3. Use Instagram
Sometimes the most memorable travel moments happen when you don’t have your camera with you. Instagram is a fun way to share travel photos taken on your smart phone with your online community, and it has a chance to increase Instagram followers. One of the great things about Instagram is that you can instantly share it with Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, and even via email—all at once.
4. Get crafty
Between Pinterest and all of the DIY blogs, you can find great ideas online for how to show-off your photos around your home or office. Whether it’s using mod podge to put photos on canvas or creating customized coasters, there are endless fun and creative ways to display your travel photos.
5. Check out Flickr
While there are plenty of photo sharing sites, Flickr is my personal favorite. A free account has limited storage, and a pro account charges an annual fee for unlimited storage. This is a great way to backup photos, but also to share them with your friends and family.
6. Make personalized gifts
We’ve taken some of our favorite photos and used them for gifts for friends and family. Some we’ve had printed and framed. After traveling through Africa for a few months last year, we made calendars for our parents. Whether it’s a photo on a mug or photo printed and framed, your travel photography can make great gifts.
7. Create a best-of album
When you start going through your photos after a trip, make sure you put a handful of your favorites in a folder for easy access. Your best-of album makes it easy to find photos when you want to remember your travels.
What do you do you with your travel photos? What are some of your creative ways to share them?