Photo Books & Backups from Our Travels

If you travel a lot, you know how many photos you take — and how few of them you probably print. We snap them on our phones and with our fancy DSLRs (if we have them), and then we save them to a folder somewhere on our computer. Sometimes we Instagram or Facebook them (or both), but then what happens? Where do they go? Where will they be in a few years when we want to look back at them?

From 2006-7 I lived in Taipei, Taiwan. That year I traveled through Taiwan, Hong Kong & Macau, Korea, China, Tibet, Mongolia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, and Indonesia. I took thousands and thousands of pictures, which I backed up on an external hard drive. That hard drive crashed several years later, and I lost the high-resolution versions of most of my photos.

Thankfully, I’d put some of the photos on Shutterfly (affiliate link) so that I’d be able to print them out for scrapbooks later. I lost a lot of my pictures that year, but I didn’t lose all of them. My Korea photos, for instance, had been uploaded to Shutterfly for prints. Even though I can’t download them in high-resolution now, I can still have them put into a photo book or printed if I want to.

When you love to travel, you probably also love to look back on your past travels — or even show them off to friends and family. That’s why I back my travel and family photos up in two different locations and also make photo books of our favorite memories.

Shutterfly Free Stuff

External Hard Drive Backups

First I back my pictures up to an external hard drive. We bought a MyCloud wireless hard drive last year, and it’s been great for us. We can upload our pictures, music, and other files over WiFi, and we can even access the hard drive remotely. With two terabytes of memory, we haven’t even come close to reaching the MyCloud’s memory capacity, and we love that it works fluidly with both my Mac and my Nick’s PC.

Dropbox Backups

Our second form of backup is also cloud-based, but it’s entirely online (no physical hard drive to carry with us through each move) through Dropbox.com. We pay $9.99/month for the service, but it gives us a ton of storage that we can access virtually from anywhere with an internet connection. Dropbox is a great tool for photo sharing, too! When we have pictures of our kids that we want to share with the grandparents, we can send them a link to the folder with those photos in them. Unlike sharing on Facebook or other social media, this sharing is private and high-resolution, allowing grandparents to download and print out their favorite pictures to

Dropbox is a great tool for photo sharing, too! When we have pictures of our kids that we want to share with the grandparents, we can send them a link to the folder with those photos in them. Unlike sharing on Facebook or other social media, this sharing is private and high-resolution, allowing grandparents to download and print out their favorite pictures to frame at home.

Shutterfly Albums

Shutterfly Photo Books on www.MilliGFunk.com

Finally, I try to make Shutterfly albums of our favorite trips and memories. In 2015 I made our first family yearbook — a hard-cover album that’s filled with all the fun snapshots and some of the more important memories (like Small Shaw’s first birthday) from 2015. We love digital photos, but we’re far more likely to pull an album off the shelf than we are to search an external hard drive or Dropbox for pictures from the past.

I’ve tried a few different online photo printing services, but Shutterfly is my favorite. They almost always have some sort of significant sale on their products like this 50% off offer for hardcover photo books from now through Wednesday the 24th of February (affiliate link), their site is easy to use, and they ship to APO.

How does your family keep your travel photos easy-to-access and safely backed-up after your travel adventures? I’m always curious to hear what new programs, applications, and services other shutterbugs like using, so leave a comment today!

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