“I want to travel the world with you. Go to every country, every city, take pictures and be happy.”
This is my life’s mantra.
My husband and I are blessed beyond belief. We both have the same passion for travel, exploration and adventure. And we are able to make our passion our reality. As we are packing our bags for our next adventure, I thought this would be the perfect time to share with you our greatest souvenirs from our travels.
In a past post, I mentioned that the only thing we bring home from our trips is wine. Well that is not entirely true. The other thing we always come home with is incredible pictures from the places we have visited. And while most of us take pictures on vacation, they tend to sit on our computers or phones, rarely developed. Instead of letting that happen to us, I turn ours into art work for our home.
In any trip to Target, IKEA, or Michael’s you can find a beautiful picture of the Eiffel Tower. I used to buy these kind of pictures to add art and decor to our home. As our travels continued, I realized that I could create the same decor, only with pictures from places we had visited, and we could relive our experiences everyday. Why buy someone else’s art, when we could display our own.
With the help of Shutterfly, and the ability to enlarge our photos for a great price, we started to adorn our walls with our travels. It was the perfect way to fill our home, and at the same time share our story. Now as we eat dinner every night we are transported back to the Colosseum in Rome, or Gaudi’s Park Guell in Barcelona. We are able to share stories of our adventures with friends and family when they visit, and hopefully inspire them to explore the world as well.
Now many may be thinking, well that is a great idea, but it is REAL life and I can’t travel all over the world. My favorite part about our travel display is that next to a picture from Spain is a picture of a New Jersey beach. You don’t have to go far, or spend a lot of money on a fancy camera to take beautiful pictures. Grab your phone and go on a hike and be inspired by nature, or wander through a cute small town and snap some photos. Most importantly make a memory, because seeing a photo will take you back to that place, time and feeling.
“Taking pictures is savoring life intensely, every hundredth of a second.” Mark Riboud