These tips are not mine. They come from Brad Moss, Director of Trusted Adventure. They are so good, I wanted to share them. I hope you find them helpful.
Trusted Adventures Travel Alliance
Shares Tips on How To Keep Great Vacation Memories Alive
Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, July 29, 2010 – The nine award-winning travel companies in the Trusted Adventures http://www.trustedadventures.com/ travel alliance share one thing in common. They want to be remembered – in scrapbooks, on video, at cocktail parties, over the dinner table.
“A wise man once said a third of your vacation enjoyment comes from researching and planning it, another third from actually enjoying it and the remaining third from reminiscing and sharing photos and stories with friends and family afterwards,” said Brad Moss executive director of Trusted Adventures. So Moss surveyed his membership on how to keep trip memories alive. Here are five ideas.
1) Build a scrap book / photo album to illustrate your memories. A Trusted Adventures member The Wayfarers, for example, jump starts the process with a personalized gift of a photo album given to each guest at a farewell dinner. Another good resource is the new free online journaling and scrapbook application from Everlater (http://www.everlater.com/).
“At the final group dinner, we give everyone a personalized photo album with shots taken during the week along with a trip “badge”. They usually pack the album in their carry-on for viewing and reminiscing on the plane ride home!” said Judy Allpress of The Wayfarers.
2) Send postcards of your adventures to everyone on your priority list to elicit conversations when you arrive back home. You can also keep friends in the loop by posting photos to Facebook and sending traveling Tweets.
3) Gather friends and family for a post trip slide / video travelogue. Serve beverages and foods garnered while traveling. Ask the tour company you traveled with to provide a guide, preferably one who was with you the first time around, to participate by telling stories, showing slides and talking about the next trip to be shared by those attending.
4) Utilize social media! Blog about your experience when you return. Submit a quick vacation report to TripAdvisor.com. “Tell the world” what a great time you had. Post videos on YouTube and pictures on photo sharing sites such asflickr.com.
5) Stay connected with folks you traveled with and involved with organizations you met or were exposed to during your trip. This includes donations to charity and volunteer organizations you became aware of. Exchange email address with fellow travelers, swap photos and remember it is never too early to start planning your next trip together.
About Trusted Adventures
Recognized worldwide for uncompromising quality, exceptional guest care and sustainable travel ethics, the Trusted Adventures alliance is a partnership of nine distinguished, award-winning companies; Austin-Lehman Adventures, WildlandAdventures, Western River Expeditions, Myths and Mountains, The Wayfarers, ROW Adventures, Great Alaska International Adventure Vacations, American Safari Cruises/ InnerSea Discoveries, and Ciclismo Classico. United under a common mission to provide authentic, transformational travel experiences, Trusted Adventures offers the world’s finest collection of active vacations showcased online in a richly textured, easy to use website: http://www.trustedadventures.com/.
The alliance helps individuals, families and groups find active walking, rafting, cycling, cruising and trekking trips throughout The Americas, Europe, Asia, Oceania, Antarctica and Africa. With a Trusted Adventures company you travel with the experts on carefully crafted itineraries designed to enrich your experience while preserving the planet and its cultural heritage.
Brad Moss, Director
Phone: 800-451-6034 / 208-770-2518