What to do with all your holiday photos?

We live in the age of Digital cameras with memory cards that can store 1000´s of photos. Professional photographers and travellers want to have as much space available as possible. Just think how many photos you can take with a 32GB card? Yes, I was amazed to see that 32GB cards are now available!

Imagine you are on holiday with a mega size memory card and you are snapping away. You want to capture each moment, building, sunset, sunrise and treasure every moment. Great! After arriving back home you realize with a shock how many photos you have. What do you do with all of them? Do you keep it on your hard drive, back it up on DVD´s, store it off-site or on an external hard drive? Do you look at your photos on a regular basis or do they get ´lost´ somewhere in the digital world?

I was curious to know what other travellers do with their photos. To satisfy my curiosity, I did some research.


Many people use Flicker, Photobucket and Picasa to store photos. But there are other sites where you can create and print your own travel photo book, canvas wall art, desktop plaques, storybooks, cards and stationery, wall decals, calendars and many more. You could even earn some money in the process and have fun!

Here is a list of websites that I have discovered in the process. Maybe you have come across some of them but for me it was a first.

1. Blurb.com

2. Shutterfly.com

3. Smugmug.com

4. Zoomr.com

5. Mpix

6. Flattenme

7. Canvaspop.com

People have some interesting ideas and use photos in very creative ways:

1. Desktop backgrounds
2. Christmas gifts for family and friends
3. Annual calenders
4. On line galleries with links to friends and family
5. Selling photos
6. Mouse pads
7. Digital photo frame (We want to buy one for my mother-in-law who lives in Russia. It is even remote controlled)
8. Scrapbooking (A personal hobby)

One traveller said that his best photos go on the website, the very best go into a travel book and the best of the best go on the wall. I like his style!

What do you do with your photos?

I have been fortunate to have done quite a bit of travelling over the last 10 years. By heart I am an adventurer and I love exploring new places, cultures and food. Travelling can become stressful and expensive. Over the years I have learnt to travel as cost effective as possible, simply by travelling more clever. Nelmitravel.com is a Adventure and Budget Travel site where I review Airlines, Accommodation, Transport, Restaurants and give helpful travel information.


  1. I love some of these ideas, Nelieta! I haven't heard of a lot of these sites, but am looking forward to checking them out. Thank you so much for sharing this terrific information! ❤

  2. Nelieta,I tend to take the photos and throw them in an external drive… sometimes I use them as desktop bg. and of course this moment in time.xoxoxJess

  3. I'm old fashioned as I still own a camera that takes requires film. It takes wonderful pics and is still going strong despite being a decade old; it went with Erin and me across Europe and made it home in one piece. That said my next camera will be digital and to answer your question I put my photos in albums or shoe boxes 🙂 Take care!!!

  4. Hi David, thank you so much for your comment! There is something magical about photos in an album or shoe box! Especially when they are old and you sit with family and go through them. There is always a surprise and you never know what you will find! Love it! Have a great week David!

  5. Hi Sailor, I also use Picasa but have been uploading photos in Photobucket. Personally I prefer to back it up on DVD´s and to share only the ones that I want to share with the world. Thanks you for sharing your thoughts.

  6. Wow very useful tips Nelieta .Now i have a big problem on Nov end i m going for a national tour of India .I need to buy the camera and its memory card .If not i need to travel with my 8Mega pixel :)… Let me look at the sites which u have listed here .

  7. This is a very helpful post since I am trying to decide at this very moment how to organize and store my photos most appropriately. Thanks!!!

  8. This is very exciting and interesting Nelieta. I actually prefer using my own photos to my diaries and blogs. But I don't store them in any of those sites you cited. My mom likes scrapbooking too… It would be a fun way to try any of those 🙂 Thanks for sharing 😉

  9. That's a lot of places. It's amazing what the internet can provide us with. No need for albums that take up so much space anymore

  10. wow! really helpful info! I use to store my photos in my old pc but when it crashed and my bro deleted it, i figured i should've a back up drive. although I have some stored in flickr, it's cheaper if i buy a small external hard drive. but I need to buy another back up drive though so in case the hard drive gets lost on the road, i still have one left at home

  11. Hi Sheril, wow you have some exciting times ahead! A National tour of India! If you have the money go for the bigger memory card but you have to download your photos. We have met some people who have travelled Argentina and never downloaded their photos and then their camera got stolen with all the photos gone.

  12. Thanks for the comment Melissa! Scrapbooking is a lot of fun and I thoroughly enjoy scrapping the photos. It can be very soothing and it always brings me great joy to look at these photos and the end product.

  13. Hi Larry, I was very surprised to see so many places available on the Internet. I agree with you it is fantastic with what the Internet can provide us. I still enjoy albums but it does take up a lot of space. I don´t have space in my house but I do enjoy going through the albums in my parents´ house 🙂

  14. Thank you Gael! I have lost so many photos over the years and every time I want to cry. It always happened when I changed PC and even twice when it was backed up on CD! I think the best solution is to buy a small external drive and store your photos there.

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