What To Do With Mountains of Travel Photos

What To Do With Mountains of Travel Photos

One of my priorities on the ‘Retirement Bucket List’ was to go through all the photos we’ve taken on our dozens of trips.   My plan was to pick the ones we liked the best and make albums.   Then my father passed away and left me dozens of his travel albums – with hundreds of pictures that had very little meaning to me.   Time for a Plan B.  I needed a way to keep my mountains of travel photos so I could enjoy them and not make a burden for my poor kids someday. 

Pintrest gave me several ideas and here’s what I came up with.   Our master bath has a big wall that was begging for something special.   I downloaded a map of the world and very roughly sketched the northern hemisphere and then painted it on the wall – using plenty of artistic license!   Not meant to be perfect or accurate.  

Painting on Bathroom Wall
Painting on Bathroom Wall

Then I found dozens of oak frames (mostly from the local thrift shop) and framed ONE picture from each trip and made a collage on the wall.   The photos covered most of my painting, so being accurate didn’t make any difference anyway. 

Travel Photos
My travel photos and collected artwork

Now every day, we look at our favorite reminders of Amsterdam, London, Mexico, Florida, Hawaii, etc.  

Friends at Ashland, OR
Friends at Ashland, OR

I have a group shot where a bunch of friends took the train to Ashland Oregon to watch Shakespeare.   There is a photo of when we were in Lynmouth, England and climbed all the way down the cliff to the waterfront, and then had to climb back up!

Travel Photos
Lynmouth, England

Another is a family photo of when eleven of us went to Hawaii.  We’ll be talking about that trip for a long time.

The rest of the photos are still in boxes or on a disk.   The next goal is to scan many of them for a flash drive or memory card album.  Somehow the mountains of travel photos don’t seem so big now.   In the meantime, I’ve got the bathroom!

Cheryl

Cheryl and her husband have just recently retired and live in the Pacific Northwest. She has been enjoying her herself by traveling around the world, playing with her grandchildren, and she frequently volunteers in her community. There is certainly never a dull moment with Cheryl. She cheerfully co-founded RetireBook and wants to share her energy, hoping that it inspires her readers to live life at its fullest.
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