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The Trip Slideshow

October 25th, 2009 · 7 Comments

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A friend of mine recently got back from Europe. He sent out a tantalizing email summing up his trip and included links to photos with mini descriptions for each album. As I was reading the descriptions, I realized that I really would rather hear the stories about each photo in person. Then I realized that I couldn’t really remember the last time any of my friends or family sat down to really listen to ALL the stories that went with all the pictures from a trip, whether mine or a friends. I think this is a lost element of traveling, the post-trip. We often get to share snippets of a trip with many people to the point where we get down the 60-second elevator version of it. I for one want to bring back the trip slideshow. Put me on a couch and in front of a projector and tell me every detail of your trip so I can vicariously be there.

Everyone wants to travel but not many people want to listen to others’ adventures. It was one of the oddest things for me to come back from my first big trip and had to sum it up in a short sentence to answer to the general question asked by everyone, “So how was the last 6 months of your life?” One of the most fantastic parts of traveling are the stories that you experience whether airport disasters, experimenting with new food or connecting with a local. Stories need to be told and a key part of the equation is having someone there to listen to them. The trip slideshow is a lost art that needs revival for this very reason. So next time a friend gets back from traveling, take the extra time to really listen to the stories and hope that you have a friend that will listen to yours too! Having been in both positions as the listener and story-teller, this part really completes the trip and keeps the wonderful memories alive in a much richer way than the one-sentence summaries!

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7 responses so far ↓

  • 1 heidi // Oct 28, 2009 at 12:45 am

    I love to read or hear travel stories. It is wonderful when you share travel stories with friends to keep the memories alive.

  • 2 conor // Oct 30, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    I think nowadays people think they are too busy even when they aren’t. And I like this idea, I love reading travel blogs for ideas and sometimes just for a laugh at some of the whacky things people get up to.

  • 3 Helen Todd // Nov 2, 2009 at 11:46 pm

    Hi Conor! Glad you like my idea for the trip slideshow! I totally agree that people get caught up in being “busy.” It’s nice when we can unplug and just focus on being in the present. Thanks for reading!

  • 4 Helen Todd // Nov 2, 2009 at 11:47 pm

    Thanks Heidi! Travel stories should definitely be kept alive!

  • 5 Mike // Nov 6, 2009 at 11:50 am

    I, too, love the idea of slideshows. I don’t think that we’ve “lost” the art form. Rather, I think that it’s migrated online. When you take all of the snippets that are posted as status updates, they are, in effect, the same snippets that you would hear in a slideshow. The problem seems to be that we no longer sit down and do it all in one shot. That, and we eschew the human interaction… I tried to do fairly detailed “slideshows” during the Olympics & in the months following while I was still a newbie in Beijing. While doing it, I often had an image of me putting on a slideshow as I arranged my photos & wrote captions for each.

    Maybe this isn’t something that we “don’t” do anymore. Maybe it’s just something that we do in a different way.

  • 6 Helen Todd // Nov 7, 2009 at 7:48 pm

    Hi Mike – thanks for the feedback! You have a good point about how it has been migrated online but I do have to say that the in-person part of sharing a trip is really important and having someone who will sit and really listen even more crucial to the equation. Maybe it’s the artform of listening that we need to work on :). I like your idea of writing photo captions like you’re presenting a slideshow! Hope all is well back in Beijing!

  • 7 carmel // Nov 18, 2009 at 9:56 am

    It seems to me that people are always going going gone! The thing about digital cameras is that everything stays on the PC and never gets printed I havent printed a photo in so long and its a shame!

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