It’s Time For Our Annual Travel Tradition

Families have their traditions. For some people, it’s meals. For others, it’s taking a picture at a certain location every year. For Sharon and I, we’ve come up with our own little tradition. Like most traditions, we didn’t plan on it becoming something we’d do every year. It was more of a fun thing we did once and then we realized we liked it. We liked putting it together and then we got to enjoy it for the upcoming year. Who knows…maybe it’s something you’d like to do too.

We make a calendar using some of the photos we’ve taken in the last year

Sure, it sounds cheesy. There’s plenty of calendars we could easily buy from a store.

There’s a Star Wars Calendar, which would be AWESOME:

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A Walt Disney World Calendar (which I had for many years):

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Or a Demotivator build-it-yourself calendar from Despair.com (yes, I bought this calendar for one year. It was a bad year. 🙂 )

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Why go through the time and expense of making our own calendar? Several reasons:

  • It forces us to download all of our pictures from our phones to our computers
  • We get to look at all of the pictures each of us took that the other person never got to see
  • We get the chance to reflect and look back at all of the fun times we’ve had over the past year
  • We have to go look at Facebook or Instagram and find all the pictures we “know we’ve seen” but weren’t ours (such as when a friend took the picture and posted it online) and download them to our computer.

Here are a couple of months from 2017:


Not all of the pictures we use are from major events like vacations (i.e. when we visited a bunch of places where they filmed The Sound of Music in Salzburg, Austria – you can read more about that trip if you click here). Some are from little things that bring back fond memories (i.e. going to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at WDW with our friends Pippa & Pete, Dobby in front of the Christmas tree, and our overabundance of [Note from Sharon: Shut up, Joe] outdoor Christmas decorations). We don’t even get to use all of the pictures we pick out. However, it’s still fun to see the things that stuck out from the last twelve months.

Here’s some of our outtakes that didn’t make the calendar this year:

We had a wonderful trip to Key West (you can read about it here, here, here, here and here).

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and we also spent some time visiting South of the Border.

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We got to sit on stage to see Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 in New York just weeks before it closed:

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Sharon spent way too much time at Buc-ees when we visited New Braunfels, TX (Note from Sharon: Be grateful…I could have spent even more time there):

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but we still left some time to visit Salt Lick for some Texas barbecue.

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I was way too happy that I was able to visit a National Park (Note from Sharon: Look at that cheesy grin!):

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Make that two National Parks! (Note from Sharon: I call this one, “Ta-da! We’re at the Grand Canyon!”)

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And lastly, we put up WAY TOO MANY decorations (Note from Sharon: Shut UP, Joe!) decorated the house for Christmas.

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It’s a chore to put the calendar together each year but we have a blast doing it. I still use the calendar function in iPhoto since it’s built in to the program where I store my photos. I’m sure Apple will stop supporting it, just like they no longer update iPhoto but for this year it still works. I figured they’d be charging extra cause, you know, they’re Apple, but when I looked at pricing the other services like Shutterfly, Walgreens Photo and Amazon all charge about the same. Figure on paying $20 plus shipping for a basic 12 month calendar. I found this article that compares several of the major players in the market.

So that’s our family tradition. You’re welcome to steal the idea. I’m sure we weren’t the first ones to think of it, anyway.

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