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5 Fun Ways To Share and Save Your Adventure Travel Photos

Posted by Jane Carswell on Tue, Nov 30, 2010
by Ellen Barone

Photographer at the BugbaoosToday's pocket-sized digital technology makes it easier than ever to gobble up memory cards with our adventure travel experiences. Snowcapped mountain vista. Click. Fiery island sunset. Click. Whale tail. Click. Laughing ski buddies. Click.

Now what?

Whether you want to share your vacation photos with a neighbor down the street, your grandmother in Florida, or the friends you met along the way, there's a photo sharing service to help you do it.

Here are five fun ways to send, share and save your travel adventures.

1.     Facebook: If an iPhone is your travel camera of choice, then
Facebook is one of the easiest ways to snap and share. Most smart phones have pre-installed Facebook-enabled features that can post your photos as fast as you can take them. Better yet, friends and family back home will feel like they've been along for a virtual trip.

2.     Photo sharing sites: Easy to use websites like Photobucket,
Flickr, and SmugMug have revolutionized the way we share photos. Functional, fun and friendly, you can comment and connect with other photographers while showcasing and storing your images. A growing number of adventure travel companies are creating online photo groups, making it easy for returning guests to see their travel companions photographs, while visually including future guests in the adventure.

Ask your travel provider if they host an online platform for guest
photos like CMH Summer Adventures does on Facebook.

3.     Photo books: Once upon a time it took years, an agent, and big bucks to publish a high-quality photography book. Now thanks to services like Shutterfly, Lulu, Blurb, and iPhoto, anyone can be a book publisher.  And the results are staggering. I've seen beautiful and creative self-published photo books produced on photo tours, as travel cookbooks, for family reunion keepsakes, given as gifts and sold commercially.

4.     Digital Photo Frames: My family gave the eStarling wireless
photo frame
to my parents a few years back and it is still a huge hit. After all, there it sits on their coffee table in Newark, Delaware, when suddenly a picture of me heli-hiking on a Short Escape in the Bugaboos, for example, flashes onto the screen, emailed straight to the frame's unique gmail address. The frame streams Flickr feeds and video clips,too. How cool is THAT?

5.     Make Your Own Movies: The only thing better than publishing a photography book of your adventures is producing your own movie! With programs like Apple's iMovie, Adobe Premier Elements and Windows Movie Maker, you can drag and drop images, add Hollywood worthy intros and transitions, sync images to music beats, and your movie is ready to send and share with your friends using Facebook, YouTube, Flickr or Vimeo.

Enjoy and be sure to share!

Travel expert Ellen Barone did what many of us only dream of doing: at the age of 35, she traded a successful academic career for the wild blue yonder and set out to explore the world and herself. In the dozen years since that intrepid decision, she has turned passion into profession journeying to more than 70 countries in search of evocative images and life-enriching adventures. Learn more at

Tags: Adventure Travel, For Fun