Travel scrapbooks are wonderful ways to commemorate a recent vacation. You can use mobile apps to put together a virtual scrapbook, including photos, videos, text, maps, routes, waypoints, dates and more. Some apps will even allow you to add real-time information as you journey along so you can share your experiences with your friends and family right away.
Free for iPad/iPhone
This app lets you easily record your recent travels on your Apple device. Once you have created a trip album, you can re-experience your travels, including stops along the way, notes, photos and videos, on a map or in slideshow form. You can add as many albums as you wish, and share them with your friends and family, too.
Thanks to Google Earth integration, this app enables you to share real-time updates of your trips with friends and family. As you go from one place to another, you can add your route, waypoints, photos, videos, comments and blog posts. Further statistics, including distance, time, and geography are recorded in real-time, too. The app is particularly social media friendly, allowing you to share your content via Facebook, Flickr, Picasa, YouTube and Twitter.
$2.99 for iPhone
In contrast to the previous apps, Trip Book offers a practical approach to the travel scrapbook. Specifically, it allows you to keep track of your expenses. From food and drink to cabs, flights and more, you can categorize expenses by type and even use multiple currencies. As for the scrapbooking aspect, you can also take photos or tag existing images to the planner. All of these features work offline, meaning that you won’t have expensive data bills to deal with.
$4.99 for iPhone and iPad
If you own a Mac, chances are that you are already familiar with iPhoto for desktop. The companion app lets you take its features on the go. In addition to advanced editing tools optimized for a touch screen, the mobile version of iPhoto allows you to create photo journals. Here, you can include not only images, but also text, maps, dates, and even the weather. When you’re done, you can use iCloud to publish your journals as web pages and share them.
Free for Android
While this app does not create a scrapbook in and of itself, it will help you capture great photos during your trip. True to its name, the Sunrise Photo app calculates sunrise and sunset times for destinations worldwide based on GPS data. In addition, the compass feature will indicate the position of the sun, as well as true North. This way, you can plan your photo sessions accordingly, and get ideal lighting for your landscape shots as well as the best possible sunset photos.