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I am pleased to welcome guest blogger Aimee of Hearth and Caravan to the Red Scorpio blog today. Aimee is planning an amazing adventure this summer and I can’t wait to follow along as she travels with her family across the country, from Kentucky, up the California coast and then back home again, hitting some rad spots along the way. Sounds awesome!!

 

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Hi! I’m Aimee and I blog over at Hearth and Caravan, where we share home, travel, and essential oils. We would love for you to come and visit!

My family and I are embarking on an EPIC road trip this summer, and part of our planning includes memory keeping. Here are the 2 tips I have for making your road trip memories last:

TIP #1 – Use your brain, not just your phone.

About 10 years ago, my husband and I, along with our young (and only) son at the time had the opportunity to go on a 3 week business trip. On one of our weekend outings while on that trip we went to Washington DC, and had a very. long. day. We didn’t know how to use public transportation, and we had walked our legs off all day. I only had one requirement and that was to see the Lincoln Memorial. It was the very last thing we made our way to, and we had a moment next to the memorial where we held our sweet, overtired infant up in the air to take in the sight and get a picture on our new-fangled digital camera. While this was going on,

I took it all in, made it into a memory, and took a mental picture.

I don’t know what made me do it. But I stopped holding the camera in front of my face, and beheld my grumpy husband and child. Nathan was holding my sweet baby up in the air and smiling, even though our day had been much more tiring than we had hoped. Behind them was the Lincoln Memorial all lit up in the night, and I knew right then that I wanted to remember that moment. Being mindful and present as a way of preserving memories in often overlooked or forgotten in this digital age, so I wanted to throw this out there as a perfectly acceptable and effective way to do just that. I am so grateful for that memory, because we lost our camera on the way back to the hotel that night, and if I hadn’t paused to take that sight in, it might have been gone with the wind.

TIP #2 – Make Your Digital Photos Physical

In addition to creating moments to remember as you go along, you’re obviously going to want to take a ton of photos to share with others and remind yourself of all the places you’ve been and the wild things you’ve seen. I want to challenge you to go ahead and have those printed and put into a book of some sort. If you’re the scrapbooking type, or a planner girl, just go ahead and send your photos to the Walgreens or Walmart in the next town. Collect them as you travel and scrapbook while you ride! Or create a Snapfish, Shutterfly, or Blurb book online and order it once you get home. And then order a bracelet from Red, so you can wear it too. Whatever you do, don’t let those photos rot on your camera, phone, or computer. These are times you will want to look back at with your family and you will want to have the physical photos or albums. I know I’ve been guilty of leaving pictures on the computer, and I don’t want to make that mistake this time!

For more road trip fun, come along for the ride with us! We’ll be sharing blog posts, social media updates, and sharing tons of tips and fun, along with the struggles. I know that you are an adventure loving bunch, and I hope we can share some of the fun and wonder with you as we go. Check this post out and make sure to sign up for email updates so you don’t miss a thing! (You’ll also get access to a secret page full of free printables, including printable road trip stickers!) Thank you so much, Richelle, for sharing our adventure here!

Thank you Aimee! I love those tips! One more tip that I like to use when we go on road trips is to journal about our day right after dinner so the memories are still fresh in our minds. Can’t wait to hear more of Aimee’s stories from the road! ~rs