Last Updated on 17th February 2021 by Sophie Nadeau
We’ve all been there: in a second of blissful travel, wishing that we could freeze that moment and take it home with us! Whether it’s been sipping on an espresso in a Parisian café or hiking in a little-known forest in the most Northern of Canadian provinces, there’s just something so special about living in the moment. Here are five simple ideas on how to take your travels home with you, as well as some dreamy travel home decor!
Create a travel journal
While documenting your adventures on Instagram can be fun, as can writing on your blog, nothing quite beats the feeling of putting pen to paper! Start a travel journal. It can be as simple as recording your thoughts each day as you travel, your words at the end of a travelling day, or even putting together a simple scrapbook of images, postcards, and entrance tickets at the end of your trip.
Creating a travel journal is the kind of thing you’ll thank yourself for in years to come when you’re leafing through the pages of memories and reliving all of those past adventures! Not sure how to start? Here’s a complete guide for ideas and inspiration for starting a travel journal!
Invest in a Polaroid camera
If you’re truly looking to ‘capture’ the moment on a hard copy, then it’s time to go old school and get yourself a Polaroid Camera. My sister gave me the Instax Mini 9 for my past Birthday and it’s hands-down one of the most thoughtful presents she’s ever given me.
I love that it’s easy to capture the moment forever, even if the film itself can be a little on the pricey side of things! My phone case is clear and so I now carry around a polaroid of myself and my sister, myself and my boyfriend, and myself and my best friend in the back of it everywhere I go.
If you would prefer to edit and snap your photos on your phone, then you might consider buying the Instax Share SP-2 printer. This portable printer connects directly to your smartphone, allowing for you to print your photos on the go (or when you get back home!)
Buy several vintage postcards
I don’t like to pick up new souvenirs every time I travel. If I did, then my house would probably be even messier than it already is (I find it hard to throw things away and always imagine that something ‘might’ be useful somewhere down the line. Spoiler alert: it never is!).
However, if I’m in a location that’s well known for its antiques (including many locations throughout France, where flea markets can be found in abundance), then I’ll buy some vintage postcards! If you happen to stumble upon a stall that sells these glimpses into the past, then take the time to sift through.
While some postcards are likely to be in poor condition or simply uninteresting/ ugly, there’s always a few hidden gems hidden somewhere within the pile. As a frame of reference, I’ve never paid more than €2 per vintage postcard, even when in Paris. Some of my favourite locations in the city to pick up these cool travel souvenirs include at the Marché Aux Puces de Saint Ouen and at Prins Patrick, Passage des Panoramas.
Create a travel-inspired book collection
If you’re wanting to declutter your house (I feel you!), then you likely want to find ways to take your travels home with you that don’t involve getting a whole load of extra stuff! However, if you’re a bibliophile, then I’m guessing you already purchase plenty of books.
If this is the case, then consider creating a travel-inspired book collection. Whether this is on your desk, on your bedside table, or simply in a corner of your bookshelf, the choice is entirely up to you!
I personally love keeping a few guidebooks and travel memoirs on my bedside table so that I have something to browse through if I can’t sleep. If you’re looking for some inspiration, then here’s a guide to the best books about Provence!
Purchase some wall art
Whether you’re looking for something abstract, a painting of your favourite travel destination, or simply want to purchase a map of your favourite location on which to hang on the wall, buying wall art is a beautiful way to keep those travel memories alive and take your travels home with you.
Even if you’re unable to hang things on the wall, then you might consider investing in some travel-themed artwork. Ideas and inspiration include throws, pillows, duvet sets, and even kitchenware. I personally love having some travel themed mugs in which to sip my coffee every morning!