Traveling With Kids | 100 Memories List

by , posted on October 3rd, 2013 in Traveling With Kids

100 Memories List for Traveling

One of the first things that my kids do when we arrive back from a long trip is our traditional 100 Memories List. This list has become an important part of the way our family holds and remembers the big and little details of our trips around the world.

The 100 Memories List is something my children learned from my mother who has been making memory lists since she was a little girl. And ever since my mother has been visiting us in Italy she has involved the kids in helping her compile her memory lists of their time spent together. It has become a special way to end her trips and gives the kids something to look over after the inevitable difficult good-byes.

And over the years the kids have slowly begun the tradition of making these lists after our own trips. Sometimes we work on one all together and sometimes we each make individual ones and compare what memories were important enough to make each person’s list.

And you’d be amazed at what details actually show up on these lists. The places visited, the people met, the food eaten, the strange observations made and even many little funny details that normally would most likely be forgotten if not written down soon after the trip.

I love reading back over these lists from years past and am always pleasantly surprised and reminded of many little “forgotten memories” that are triggered by a few words.

Does your family have any special way of recording memories of your trips and travels? I’d love to hear about it.

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13 Responses to “Traveling With Kids | 100 Memories List”

  1. Jennifer Cooper Says:

    October 3rd, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    I’m going to have to try this. Sounds like a great exercise.

    We typically take photos. Lots, and lots of photos ;) It would be nice to hear about the experience from the kids’ perspective though. What little things *they* remembered.

    Jillian In Italy Reply:

    I’m pretty sure the kids included “camel farts” on our Morocco memory list.

    A kid’s perspective is definitely different from ours!

  2. Molly Says:

    October 3rd, 2013 at 7:29 pm

    This is a fan-freaking-tastic idea. I so wish I had done this with my kids for the trips we’ve already taken.

    Jillian In Italy Reply:

    You could try to compile a memory list of your trips from the past. It would be interesting to see what the kids remember compared to what you remember.

    Molly Reply:

    I might just do that!

  3. Barb Says:

    October 3rd, 2013 at 8:10 pm

    I love this!

    We decided to try something new for our trips moving forward. We are going to collect post cards of the places we saw and write them to each other. Instead of mailing, we’ll put them in photo sleeves in a travel binder. Not sure how it will work yet. But I might make of a hybrid of your idea with ours.

    Thanks for sharing!

    Jillian In Italy Reply:

    Love the postcard idea as well! I think a mix of the two would be fantastic!

  4. Giulia Doyle Says:

    October 4th, 2013 at 10:52 am

    I did this after I graduated from university. I made a huge list of memories, sayings, insider jokes, etc. for my photo album and gave my friend/roommate a copy. I go back now and have to laugh at some of the things I put down – there are also a couple of things where I’m clueless as to what I was referring to.
    Great idea to do this after a trip.

    Jillian In Italy Reply:

    I can’t understand any of the inside jokes in my high school yearbooks now. Seriously!

  5. Giova Brusa Says:

    October 4th, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    I love this idea so much – being a lover of lists and all, I don’t know why I never heard of this before.
    I’m going to start doing this for sure, I’ll start with 50 to warm up ;)

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  7. Judith Says:

    October 4th, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    What a clever idea and beautiful family tradition! I love lists and maybe this is a faster solution than the entire diaries with random day stories I used to write (before blogging), which I miss a little bit but always took so much time. I’m off to the South of France tomorrow, so this is perfect timing ;)

  8. élise* Says:

    October 12th, 2013 at 9:52 am

    such a great idea! my 2 years old son doesn’t speak very well yet, but I always find nice and interesting the words he tells us when talking about something that happened in the past. Different memories for sure!

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