Tell your travel stories in character

by Lara H Posted on May 31, 2008

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While looking through Gallery travel books today, I discovered a creative way to share travel stories. The idea comes Gallery member MelindaM54.

Melinda’s children were unable to travel with her when she went on business trips, until one trip, when she found herself accompanied by a stuffed guide, ChiChi, who had been hidden in her suitcase by her daughter. ChiChi came home from her trip with an entertaining story to tell.

In “ChiChi Goes to Monaco”, ChiChi keeps a diary of his visit to educate his young owner of the country he visited and what he saw.

Are you going somewhere that others in your family would love to learn about? This is a great way to share the story with them in a unique way.


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  1. Rachel B Says:

    Melinda’s daughter must have felt so special when she received this book, and I love that it’s from Chi Chi’s point of view. Next time I travel I will seriously consider taking a mascot along. This will add a whole new dimension to the memory making process, and how fun it will be to journal in the voice of the mascot. Thanks for sharing this tip!

    Rachel B
    Community Curator

  2. AmyS2310 Says:

    What a great idea, this summer, my children and I will be traveling back to visit family. We will be gone a few weeks with out “Daddy”. This is a such a fun idea. We will definatly be making a book out of our trip. ChiChi’s book has provided some wonderful inspirtion.
    Thanks Chi Chi

    Shutterfly Gallery Guru

  3. LindaMHodnett Says:

    I just love Melinda’s idea. I think it’s a great way to get kid’s involved and excited about travel, geography and different cultures.
    I bet all the kids are just waiting for Chi Chi’s next adventure!

    Shutterfly Gallery Guru

  4. BarbaraJ Says:

    This is a great idea. Our last trip to Alaska we took at little fish and took pictures of the fish with our group. We had a friend that could not go on this trip and this was her fish. We really had fun with it. This also got the attention of all the people around us. We were traveling with a group of 24 and the travel agent could not go. Her book will have the little fish in all the pictures. Fun also!

more about Lara H

By way of introduction, I’m LaraH. I’m a long-time customer of Shutterfly (beginning in January 2000 with the birth of my first daughter) and now an employee (since mid-2004). I’ve been making photo books since we launched the product in June 2005, but in that time it has evolved from a work responsibility, to a hobby, and dare I say passion. Most of the books I make revolve around my children and our family journeys, so I thought it was a fitting way for you to get to know me better to see “ My First Photo Book.” It’s the story of my daughters’ first few years, told mostly through pictures.

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