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The Best Ways to Document your Travels in a Digital World

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Well its no secret we live in a digital world. While I still love the feeling of holding onto something tangible (like a hand-written journal or a pocket-sized photograph for safe keeping), in the digital world we live in there are some great options available to document our travels online, both for ourselves and for people back home. So before you jet off on your world adventure, here are the best ways to document your travels online


Starting a Blog

Starting a travel blog has almost become a staple for any globetrotter about to set off on a long-term endeavour. Travel blogs are a great way to document your travels in the digital world and could be considered a mix between keeping a scrapbook and keeping a handwritten journal of your travels. Just remember to think it through before you dive in head first to the world of blogging and consider whether you want to share your every day life with strangers or whether you’d rather keep your experiences for yourself or close friends and family. Consider the following:

  • Who am I writing for? 

If you’re writing for yourself, family and friends, a great platform for you would be blogger. This is a great free platform that will allow you to create a space of your own on the internet, but is not so technically advanced that you will need to spend hours setting it up or maintaining your blog.

If you’re writing with the intent of creating an online destination of sorts (whereby you’ll hopefully gain a global audience), a great platform for you would be This is the most commonly used platform for bloggers who are serious about turning their passion into a full time career. Creating a website of your own can be both fulfilling and rewarding, but should never be entered into half heartedly. Only start a blog if you plan to write about something you’re passionate about as this is what will lead to successes later down the track.

Improving Your Blog

Starting a blog is one thing, maintaining it is another, but improving your blog and blogging skills is perhaps one of the timeliest endeavours (snaps for all the bloggers out there!!!). Over the course of the couple years I have been blogging, I have learned everything I know through a process of trial and error. Sure, it is frustrating and at times mind numbing (particularly when suffering technical issues or your website crashes), but the constant quest to improve my blog has been what has kept me going. It keeps it interesting and always presents a challenge.

Taking Better Photos

One of the most frustrating things for me when I first began travelling was that my photos would never accurately reflect what I would see with my own eyes. Year after year and trip after trip, I’ve slowly learned how to take better travel photos. There is of course still a lot to learn! One of the books I found quite handy in the beginning was the Lonely Planet Guide to Travel Photography which explains a lot of the technical stuff I knew nothing about in the beginning.

After dabbling with a few different camera setups over the years, I have finally found my soulmate in the Olympus Pen E-PL7, which I have dubbed the perfect travel camera. You can find out why here.

Writing Better Stories

Writing doesn’t come naturally for most of us, particularly in the style of blog-writing. There are many different styles of blog writing to consider, however most bloggers like to create a community of ‘ideal readers’ (aka people who love what they love just as much – which in my case is travel), so a conversational tone is usually employed. I have dabbled with a few different writing styles over the years to see what readers responded to and have ultimately found that the best way for me to write in an enjoyable tone for my readers is just to have a conversation with them. Sounds simple but it really is!

Once you have found your style, its important to again be on the constant quest for improvement. Writing better stories can mean a lot of different things to different people, however for me it is the task of re-telling my travel tales better each time. I’m always learning and often make mistakes, but each time I hone in on my writing skills I find them improving. I.e. I now look beyond the basics when I travel – no longer over sharing information with readers and instead focusing on inspiration.

  Brooke Romania

Social Media: For friends & family

With loads of social media platforms popping up and fading out, it can be hard to keep up. That’s why I’ve picked just two favourites in each category that I swear would be the best social media platforms to document your travels.


Instagram is perhaps the best social media platform to document your travels. Why? Instagram is like a visual diary – capturing a moment or memory from each day that you would like to remember because it made you feel so good that you thought you had to capture it in square form and share it with your followers. I really love instagram.


Because of the short lifespan of uploads, this can be more of a blessing than a curse if you wish to update your friends and family as you go along but not be ashamed of the out-at-3-am uploads that ensue. Snapchat is a great way to update friends and family in a quick and easy manner, no real thought required. Hassle free. Time friendly. Add me on SnapChat! Username: BrookeSaward

Social Media: For networking


If you’ve started a blog, waste no time in getting yourself verified on Bloglovin’. This social media platform is ideal for bloggers and blog readers, as it is a social feed of all the blogs you follow and allows you to find so many great new blogs along the way. This is by far my favourite platform for networking as it allows me to connect with other bloggers around the world both in the travel category and far beyond!!


Twitter is for me (and many other bloggers) a less time consuming way to update readers. It takes a lot less time than a blog post and has a better rate of interaction because of its’ restriction to 140 characters or less. Although I prefer the visual social media platforms when documenting my travels, twitter is still a great platform to network and connect whilst travelling.


What do you think? Do you like the way we document our travels online or think there is something missing in the realm of travel-friendly social media platforms!?

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    March 19, 2015 at 4:05 pm

    Great tips! Thank you brook 🙂
    What blog platform do u use ? U also use wordpress? I dont know how many time i have changed lol. I should really start to stick to one.

    March 19, 2015 at 3:41 am

    great post brooke.. going to check out that camera
    i’ve totally just treated myself to a louis travel bag too (dont tell my mum) haha

    Sarah Y.
    March 19, 2015 at 2:07 am

    Really enjoyed this post! I am currently in the verrrrry early stages of launching my travel blog. You’ve provided some great suggestions here as well as an important reminder that one should never stop improving!

    March 19, 2015 at 1:34 am

    Nice article! We’re also on instagram, bloglovin and twitter and for us these are also the best platforms to connect with people!

    March 18, 2015 at 12:29 pm

    I love that so many people are deciding to document their travels with blogs. It allows everyone to “see” so much more of this gorgeous world!

    March 18, 2015 at 9:27 am

    I actually just started my travel blog, inspired by you Brooke haha. I’d love some feedback, both good and bad 🙂


    Growing Positive
    March 18, 2015 at 2:36 am

    Some really useful tips, thanks! Taking good photos is definitely key because it’s what people see first and attracts the readers likes bumblebees to a colorful flower. Definitely want to start taking better photos, it’s just a matter of time until I get a new camera. Do you edit your photos a lot too?

    I lived in London for 18 years and there’s always hidden jewels hanging about. All the famous stuff is close together but if you get a chance to spend more time there, then definitely go a little bit further and explore further out. Greenwich, Camden and Chelsea are all really special and less touristy too! Looks like you had fun 🙂

    Growing Positive

    Daniel Esfahani
    March 17, 2015 at 4:51 pm

    Great tips, thanks!

    Kayla-Paige Willsher
    March 17, 2015 at 8:45 am

    Hey Brooke! I just wanted to say that I absolutely love your blog, I have been reading it for quite a while now! You’ve inspired me with my own blog and I dream that it will be as good as yours! I’m working on it! Keep up the good work, i look forward to hearing where you go next!

    March 17, 2015 at 6:20 am

    Great tips, I love Instagram as well, I could look travel photos through Instagram for hours!

    Adam Highfill
    March 17, 2015 at 2:13 am

    Thanks for the post. I don;t typically focus on travel, but i do travel alot. This is encouraging to share my travels and life abroad with my business followers!

    Adam Highfill
    March 17, 2015 at 2:11 am

    Thanks for the post. Don’t typically focus on travel, but i do travel alot! This encourages me to share stuff from travels and my life abroad to my business followers.

    Brittany Gosnell
    March 16, 2015 at 10:12 pm

    Amazing post! I find sometimes that I’m drowning is social media options. Apart from my blog, I tend to gravitate towards Instagram the most. It’s also the platform I use when trying to keep up with other peoples adventures.

    Jennifer @ This Off Script Life
    March 16, 2015 at 9:16 pm

    I moved to Europe from the U.S. a couple of years ago and realized that starting a blog would be the best way to document my travel experiences. I only wish I had started sooner! To make my writing as vivid as possible, I also keep a pocket-sized journal with me when I travel. This way, I can quickly jot down my impressions of a place before memorializing them in the blog.

    March 16, 2015 at 8:48 pm

    Hey brooke, I’m setting off for a European adventure in little over 4 months where I will be doing a tour with a friend, and then setting off to take on Ireland,Scotland and London as a solo travel. Might I add this will be my first time travelling ever !
    I was wondering if I could hear your take on accomodation when solo. Hostels/dorms vs. single rooms in hotels. I’m keen as a bean for the money I would if I choose a shared dorm, however I’m worried about the idea that I may not be comfortable.. And I really like my comfort.
    Thanks for the blog updates that have driven my passion for travel. Keep up the inspiring work

    March 16, 2015 at 8:28 pm

    I use all of these to document my travels, but only recently I started a hand written journal. I think its great to document my travels online but handwriting them too is nice. Plus I keep tickets and receipts in my journal. 🙂

    Ally Gong
    March 16, 2015 at 6:09 pm

    Love these tips! Whenever I put more time into blogging, I feel guilty that I’ve stopped journaling… 🙁 The struggles of balance. This post was definitely motivational though! <3

    March 16, 2015 at 4:34 pm

    On a recent trip, I did both a travel blog and a handwritten journal. It was nice to have both, as I really connect to keeping things from certain places, like tickets and things like that which are very great to stick in to a journal. Of course once I returned I printed photos to put in the journal as well, but the online blog was so handy for family and friends! No boring slide night for them on our return!

    Samantha Elisabeth
    March 16, 2015 at 4:26 pm

    Love this! I actually wrote a post in my last instagram round up about why I like to take pictures and blog about my travels (amongst other things). Ultimately, I think it’s hard for me to absorb where I am in the moment. Everyone is different, but the way I enjoy my travels and experiences is to write about them or take photos and look at the photos again and again.

    March 16, 2015 at 3:38 pm

    Those are the common way to documenting anything in this time of digitization, But I seriously not thinking those are the only way to keep our document forever.

    You are great

    March 16, 2015 at 1:33 pm

    Sometimes I wonder if we should spend out time soaking a place in, or quickly taking notes and photos for social media… and lose the spiritual connect

    Lisa @ Strum Simmer Sip
    March 16, 2015 at 1:02 pm

    Great tips – it’s so true that new bloggers need to diversify their social media via twitter, facebook, bloglovin, etc. you never know who is going to come across your site and how they will get there is totally depends on where you share your content! I’m seriously considering getting that Olympus of yours… xo Lisa

    Angeliqa Jonsson
    March 16, 2015 at 12:48 pm

    These are some great tips Brooke! I really enjoy your simple writing and your way of communicating. Great work! 🙂

    March 16, 2015 at 10:39 am

    It can be tough for new bloggers starting out, but these are some great tips! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    Diana Cloudlet
    March 16, 2015 at 10:05 am

    It’s a really great post! Thank you for sharing!
    Like your blog very much!)
    p.s. new post – how I met Victoria Beckham

    Diana Cloudlet

    Marie @ Marie Away
    March 16, 2015 at 10:00 am

    Great tips, I completely agree that these are the essential for digital documentation. I’ve had the same issues with my travel photography… I still feel like I’m hit and miss with accurately representing the vastness of a place in just a snap. I’ve actually purchased that Lonely Planet book before, but have been lazy with really delving into it, I’ll have to pick it up again 🙂

    March 16, 2015 at 9:01 am

    Good tips! I think beautiful image and great text always go hand in hand, but often either medium can stand alone depending on the audience, though I feel images are what often keep a blog audience interested!


    March 16, 2015 at 8:23 am

    A great post and so very true. Working in the travel industry (I’m a travel lecturer) means I have plenty of topics but it’s how you get your ideas across that are really important. Always looking for ways to improve. A post that gives further encouragement, thank you.

    March 16, 2015 at 7:49 am

    Thanks for your advice and the tips 🙂
    My sister is thinking about starting her own travel blog. She also works at a travel agency so she has a lot to talk about 🙂 But she never blogged before. I guess starting from zero is very tough.

    March 16, 2015 at 7:35 am

    I love this so much! I think social media and blogging have been so huge in documenting travel! I kept a study abroad blog when I went to Spain, and I am so glad I did so. I am also one of those people who love to keep physical momentos, like a journal or printed photos, but there is so much potential for digital documentation right now–and I can’t wait to see where it goes!

    March 16, 2015 at 6:44 am

    You know – I sometimes feel like there is a great danger of getting lost in the social media world. There are just so many of them. At the end of the day you really should focus on traveling and telling your story – not sharing half ready content on 20 different channels. So focusing on two is a sound advice!

    Personally speaking I like tumblr a lot. It’s a great way to discover new things and also gives you opportunity to actually share some information (unlike pinterest).

    other than that social media really is my greatest challenge. I’ve been writing, traveling and taking photos all my life – but I was always the shy guy. Which doesn’t really put me in the best position to get friends with total strangers on the internet either 😛

    March 16, 2015 at 6:34 am

    I started my blog while I was traveling, and knowing that many travels were ahead. I wanted to use it to document all the changes happening, and as an outlet for my number one passion (photography). Over time though, it’s slowly changing from a humble jumble of everything I love and want to share, to posts featuring travel tips I want to share, alongside with my beloved photography. I love where it’s going now 🙂

    Luna | Flowers and Pearls
    March 16, 2015 at 6:30 am

    I really like instagram for posting pictures! It’s so easy and a fast way to keep people updated.

    Le Petite Gaby
    March 16, 2015 at 5:00 am

    Thanks for the advice! Even if your not a travel blogger this tips are helpfull for any bloggers!

    Asli Bildirici
    March 16, 2015 at 4:56 am

    This is a great brief about getting better at blogging. I’m still working on many of these things so it was very helpful to go through everything point by point. Also thanks for suggesting Lonely Planet’s Guide to travel photography. It was just what I needed.

    Girl Against Oleka

    Jake Ryan
    March 16, 2015 at 4:25 am

    Love this post 😀


    Alice ENGELVIN
    March 16, 2015 at 4:06 am

    I agree Instagram is the best social media and it helps your blog to have more readers! Indeed, I found your blog thanks to you Instagram account so .. And until now, I read your blog whenever you post an article !! xo Alice from France

    March 16, 2015 at 3:38 am

    I like the way you document your travels online – in my opinion there is nothing to improve!
    xx from Germany/Bavaria, Rena

    March 16, 2015 at 3:29 am

    Instagram is my favorite social media platform as well! I agree it is very much like a photo diary 🙂
    XO Janina