That Facebook Album Isn’t Enough: Keep Your Travel Memories Safe Forever

Posted November 10, 2015 by Sarah Pike in Tech

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If you’re a frequent traveler, you likely have a solid routine down. You know the best ways to pack, how to easily get in touch with your faraway friends, where to find the best hostels, and how to find the closest, cheapest Wi-Fi spots. But how often do you think about how securely your favorite travel memories are stored? Be wary of both where and how you store your files.

Uploading travel photos to Facebook is fine, but to be certain your files are truly preserved, keep them safely stored in multiple places. Storing content on your phone or laptop alone won’t cut it. At the end of each day you should hook up your phone and/or camera to your computer and copy the files over to a dedicated folder on your computer and get an external or internal 500 GB or 1 TB (or even larger) storage device.

In addition to a physical storage device, cloud storage is key. With so many cloud storage services out there, you can find a variety of low-cost options. Don’t choose the first or cheapest one you find, though; browse through trusted services and read reviews to see which option best meets your needs.

And before you shell out the money, take advantage of your trustworthy free options. Windows Backup aka File History on a PC will create automatic copies of files, and Time Machine on Mac automatically backs up everything on your hard drive. Dropbox Basic accounts offer 2GB of free space; you can even earn more free space by referring friends. And if you’re not already taking advantage of the free cloud storage Google Drive offers, do it. You get 15GB for free, and if you use Google Drive from a school or work account, you get 30GB for free.

If you’re like me and feel like any extra minutes spent saving, transferring, or uploading files is the worst thing ever, the good news is you can automate pretty much everything nowadays. Your cloud service and external hard drive (if you leave it plugged in!) should automatically save your files without you having to think about it. Just be sure to the settings to make sure your programs are backing up as often as you’d like.

It’s time to stop relying on social media and email to do the job as file storage. Get your digital storage plans in place and never stress again about the possibility of losing your travel photos or documents.

About the Author

Sarah Pike

Sarah Pike is a freelancer, college writing instructor, and wanderlust sufferer. When she’s not writing, teaching, or traveling, she’s probably binge-watching RomComs and dreaming up her next trip. She also enjoys following far too many celebrities than she should on Instagram. You can find Sarah on Twitter at @sarahzpike.

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