What’s better than an awesome trip is to have fresh memories of that trip, forever. We’ve put together this post with helpful hints on how to remember those memories and make them last. Because the memories of your trip are priceless and deserve to be treasured.
It’s true that taking pictures during your trip is a great way, but don’t rely solely on pictures for your memories! Pictures are pictures; memories are your memories, the properties of your mind’s exclusive knowledge. They cannot be described in a picture or a video, definitely not in words.
So, how can we make sure that the memories of our trip stay with us and not fade away? What are the techniques to keep those memories as fresh as when we were still in our travels? Here are some of these techniques to keep the travel memories alive in your mind:
1) Use proper vocabulary
This means to use words you know (and don’t know) in a new way. For example, when you are in London, look around, looking at the signs and other people’s clothes, colorful summer dresses, hats. Try to pick up some of the habits and language of the locals.
In your travels, try to add new words for unfamiliar situations or objects. If you are going home to Vancouver from Europe, try saying “How is this possible that there are beautiful women everywhere” instead of “I can’t believe how gorgeous all these beautiful women look”.
In such, your memories will be more ‘managed’, just like the books in the library.
2) A family trip is good for memories
Going on a trip with your family can be fun, especially if you get to travel outside of Canada or USA. You will have a chance to talk about your travel memories once you’ve returned. Try to write down some of the best stories as they happen, and don’t forget to tell them! Share your experiences and remember them!
The more we talk about our experiences, the more of an impression they make in our minds. Then when we speak about the same experience again, it will feel like it happened just yesterday!
3) Write a diary
In your travel book, you can describe what you saw and what happened to you on a daily basis. Most importantly is writing about those experiences in your own words; not just typing about it.
For this, use your own words. Make up stories and be imaginative.
Stay away from using cameras or phones as much as possible; this will force you to remember and observe things that you can’t always see in a picture! If it’s too hard to avoid using them, at least try to not post the photos immediately on Instagram and Facebook; wait a couple of days or even weeks before posting them online. Savor the moments first, then share if you want to!
4) Learn their language
If you are travelling in a country where the main languages are different than your own, take notes from locals and try to learn those words. This is especially useful for travelers who want to be away from their home country for a long period of time (more than one year). By learning their language, you’ll not only have less problems interacting with them and learning about the culture but sticking every new thing you see there – in a new form, in your brain.
When taking notes from locals, try to create stories using the words that you learn. Doing this will make it easier for you to remember them later on.
By talking with people, hearing their stories and asking questions, you’ll learn about their lives and how they function in their society. You’ll also get information about what gear or items are helpful or not for your travels.
5) Listen carefully
Listening is a very effective way of remembering what you hear. This can be applied to your travels as a way of remembering new words and phrases.
The better you listen, the more likely it is that you’ll remember what you’ve heard. The reason for this is because when we listen, we are absorbing information into our minds. By listening actively, the information will be more difficult to forget; even when the sounds fade away.
6) Create and Tell stories
After you have learned new words from other people and communities, create your own ‘POV stories’, and tell them to your friends or family. Since the information is still fresh in your mind, you will be able to remember it better than if you had to tell someone later on. It also makes it a lot easier to recall it when you’re talking about it again later on!
The process of recalling these memories over and over again will help in the process of developing long-term memories of your travels. Now that we know how to remember our travels easily, let’s take a look at the ways we can prevent losing our newly acquired memories:
7) Explanation and association
By using explanation and association, we make it easier to remember new information by connecting them with information or items that we already know. This way, when you have to recall that new information, the associated information will come to mind as well.
This will also make it easier for you to explain those memories later on, by lending those memories an explanation; this could be an activity or activity you were doing at the time, or a conversation you were having with someone else.
8) Think backwards
Our minds are always not just in the present moment but also in the past and future. This is why mentally making connections between something in the past and what you’re experiencing right now can help you remember information.
How to do this? By remembering something in the past that was similar to what you’re experiencing right now, or if it’s something you want to try later, then fantasize about it. Once the memory has been made, try to find it in your mind again sometime after your travels (in a few hours or days). You’d be surprised how much easier it is!
9) Use Your Imagination
Just like our minds are always thinking about things from the past, our imagination will also think of our future experiences. When we were younger, we would imagine things that would happen in the future, which is why our imagination has been used so much in school and even at work.
When doing this with your travel experiences, go into your mind (when you’re not busy) and visualize something that happened or something you want to do in the future. Then try to bring it back to mind as many times as possible. By doing this, you will help create a vivid image of something.
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In addition to these, you can do the following to improve your overall memory power:
- Be in the present moment;
- Try to relax;
- Be ready to learn more;
- Spend time with your family and friends;
- Do the same things over and over again; and
- Enjoy your life by being aware of your surroundings.
Always remember that travelling is not a race; it’s very important to enjoy your life, without rushing it. This will help in developing long-term memories of our travels.
You can also use these tips to make memories from your everyday life of even the smallest details, like a meal or food you’re having for breakfast, or the people you’re speaking with on your commute to work. You can do a little research on the internet and find examples from other people or stories from other travelers that have experienced similar situations, which will strengthen your memory even more!
I hope these tips help you remember things better and longer about your travels.
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