Travels

Tips for storing travel photos

You are going for a long travel season and you know in all probability that you will fill the camera's memory with photos and videos in just a couple of weeks. You still have the religious habit of traditional cameras and you only give the button when the occasion deserves it. Even so, it is very likely that your memory card eventually becomes bulimic and cannot swallow more pixels in its belly.

What can we do to keep the photographs and return home with at least 10GB of weight in my pocket? Here are some tips for storing travel photographs in the modern era with minimal money and resources.

When I traveled to Asia for six months in 2005, I didn't even know what the hell a USB key was. I carried a Canon Ixus 30 with a 250MB memory card and returned home without missing a single photograph of the ones I took.

In most of the world there are cyber cafes. There are more than restaurants in some tourist sites and you will not have problems plugging the camera and downloading the photographs. You can also make copies on CD when the memory is full and check the quality on the same cyber PCs. This last data is important since both in Thailand and in China I had to ask for a new copy because the first one could not be read.

After the trip, I returned home with eight great CDs containing all the photographs I had taken in Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, China, Nepal and India. If we count it we get a total of 2GB. If we divide it for six months we realize that there are very few demonstrating that this method, although useful three years ago, is not the most suitable for the days that are running today.

During my trip to Peru last December I took an Ixus 50 with a 1GB memory card and a 2GB USB key. Yes; Unfortunately, my old Ixus 30 died in a sandstorm amid the dunes of Erg Chegaga. That is, he wore nothing from the other world. Both pieces today are very cheap in any computer store and there are models four or five times higher at a very good price.

I used the same method on the cybers again but instead of copying the photographs to CD I did it on my own USB and I had plenty of space to occupy the multiple photographs I took during the 24-day trip plus the extra giga I had in the camera card

Surely it would have been more comfortable - I would have allowed more resolution photographs, make more videos, etc. - if I had taken a secondary memory card and a USB key with more information capacity. Even so, I don't remember any time when I was deprived of taking a picture that I wanted during the trip.

And you, do you use any different method to store your travel photographs?