Guest post by Jamie Anderson After returning from an amazing vacation, it’s hard not to bore your friends and family senseless with photos and videos. Here are some fun and unique ways to document your trip that’ll keep them interested: 1. Use props Try to steer clear of the obvious: shots of the Eiffel Tower, say, or endless landscape photos. While these may make nice keepsakes for you, chances are others will find them dull. Instead, try adding personal touches. Before I went to Kampala, Uganda, I was given a small stuffed giraffe named George, and he has featured in all of my travel pics ever since. Similarly, Lego fanatic Angela Stirk of Orillia, ON, has been documenting her trip to New Zealand using tiny Lego avatars of her and her boyfriend. 2. Personalize photos Why not make personalized mementos for the people back home to show them that you were thinking about them during your trip? You could write a friend’s name in the sand and take a photo of it, or you could photograph some object that has special meaning for you both. 3. Make a zippy slideshow Remember listening to your aunt drone on during her epic travel slideshows? “This is our hotel room; this is Tom on the beach,” etc. How about using only your best shots and “narrating” them with a favourite song? You can use apps such as iMovie or Magisto. Check out artist Rick Mereki’s video " Move" for some inspiration. 4. Create a blog Keep your friends and family up to date while you’re away! A blog saves them from having to endure your photos all at once when you’re back. You can post photos, status updates and videos to Facebook, but if you don’t have access to the Internet on your travels, an app like TravelPod allows you to post updates while offline. (They’ll sync up and go live once you’re back in wi-fi range.) For inspiration, check out Marie Vallieres’ travel blog. 5. Make a scrapbook If blogging isn’t your thing, maybe scrapbooking is. If you like to keep handwritten notes and take photos with an actual camera, the app Artifact Uprising allows you to upload all of those photos and scanned pages and turn them into a book that your guests can read at their leisure.