- Decide on the book format before you go. Will your photo book be square, horizontal or vertical? This decision could change what format you take your photos.
- Consider using a smart phone app to collect your photos and stories. I like the DayOne app, which you can set to remind you to write in the app and also lets you add photos to specific days. I regularly use the Instagram app to combine the photo with a brief comment or explanation.
- Simplify your photos by taking three a day: morning, afternoon, and evening. Put three horizontal photos on one page and the journalling of the days events on the facing page.
- Combine your travel partner(s) photos with yours. For example, put the other persons’ daily photo on the left and yours on the right. Then print multiple copies of the book.
- Decide if you want to record all the details of each day or just general thoughts. Do you want a play-by-play list of stuff that happens or general thoughts, like one sentence a day, like the habit blog. You could record your thoughts in a notes app on your smart phone or a small notebook.
- Consider including some writing in your photo book. If your journalling doesn’t relate to photos that you take, or if you’d prefer to see only photos on the pages, consider including a written summary of the trip at the beginning or end of the book. An example of a well-designed book that uses blocks of text with full-page photos is Our Story Right Now by Ronnie. Although this is not a travel photo book, it shows how photos can be paired with the writing to tell the complete story.
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