So you’ve bought your tickets to a fantastic trip but want to keep in touch with the folks back home. It’s nothing short of a crime keeping it all to yourself! Of course you probably have Facebook or Instagram (or at least the kids do!) — but aren’t there better ways to share your experiences with those at home? Check out these ways to keep in touch and bring your family and friends along for the virtual ride.
TripIt is a travel-planning app that compiles all your hotel, car rental, flights and restaurant confirmations from your computer or device into one master itinerary. It’s a useful tool to keep your info handy while on the road. Simply forward your confirmation emails to the TripIt address and their algorithm will gather it all in one practical resource. It’s just a short step to share these travel plans with friends and family via email, Facebook or Twitter.
Share your best photos on TrekEarth, a social site dedicated to travel photography. Their mission is to promote “learning more about the world through photography.” Compete with countless other travelers for the snazziest shots and pro angles. Tag your photos and check out lookalikes. You can add notes and anecdotes as captions to each photo, and even tech specs like your camera details. Members are encouraged to leave comments and critiques so you can jump in the discuss or simply relish in your triumphant shot.
TravelPod is a site that hosts free travel blogs. You can blog from anywhere, map your trip and check-in live. Keep detailed stats and upload photos. This site is perfect for longterm trips, keeping your family up to date in real time. You can even print your blog and photos out as a book! Did someone say memento?
Speaking of mementos, if you’re not into blogging but love photos, consider turning your trip into a photo album. Once you’ve made it back with photos galore, turn those memories into real-life souvenirs. Take advantage of an album-creating site like Shutterfly, which collects your photos and creates albums for you! Tweak the album’s themes and fonts online, then put your order through and they’ll arrive at your doorstep in a matter of days. These make great keepsakes or Christmas gifts to the family!
In most cases, Willamette Intl Travel presents each booked client with full itinerary of their trip, complete with relevant dates, phone numbers and confirmation numbers. Feel free to share this with family and friends so they can follow the where and the when on your trip. Call us to discuss your next trip: 503-224-0180 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.