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Create an awesome travel photo book: Tips for bringing your travel memories to life

At Skyscanner, we’re all about helping people explore the world. However, at this difficult time for everyone, it’s become harder to do what we do best: travel. But we will travel again when this is all over. We will go to the places we want to visit, and we will see the faces we long to see. We will get through this.

Until then, let’s remember the adventures past. Photo books are a great way of reliving your favourite travel memories. We asked the team at Photobox to share their tips for creating the perfect photo book. Photobox is a brilliant website for creating bespoke photo gifts perfect for looking back on fond memories and looking forward to being with friends and family again.

What is a photo book?

A photo book is a bit like that vintage photo album you’ve got lying around somewhere, only a little more put together. Whether you want to capture the best moments from a girls’ trip, share the story of your international travels, or simply put last year’s family holiday down on the page, a photo book is a great way to relive your adventures whenever you’d like.

Photobox has 23 different photo book styles to choose from and a range of sizes, so you’re sure to find one that suits you. Each book is full of gorgeously glossy pages packed with your pictures and they’re all completely customisable. From the cover to the captions, the backgrounds and themes, it’s all up to you.

How to design your perfect travel photo book

We know what it’s like. You have heaps and heaps of photos from your trip, but where do you start when it comes to making and designing your photo book?

Beautiful photo book with flat lay image spread across two pages.
Courtesy of Photobox

Tell your story

Before you start, take a moment to think about how you want to structure your book. Do you want to tell the story of your trip chronologically, or make chapters dedicated to the food, the architecture, or the beach? If you travelled around, consider creating a new section for each city you visited.

Don’t forget to add captions and dates to your pictures, so you always remember the names of places and the little stories that happened on your trip. Tell a lengthy anecdote or even a poem that sums up how you felt. There’s nothing to stop you using an entire page for text. It’s your holiday, your book, your rules.

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Collect your photos

You probably don’t want to include every single random shot you snapped, so spend a little time selecting your favourite pictures. Ask friends to send you their photos too!

You don’t have to stop at photos. Scan or photograph tickets, maps and other memorabilia you collected on your trip and include them in your photo book. Photographing memorabilia as a collage on a solid background makes a fabulous chapter heading or cover photo. You’re bound to have heaps of photos of the major landmarks.

Polaroid pictures from a previous holiday spread out on the bed.

The ones you’ll look back on most fondly aren’t the perfectly framed shots but the ones of you and your friends larking around with the landmark as a backdrop. You’ll want at least one of your artistically shot, picture-postcard photos, but it’s your personal memories that will make you smile.

Copyright-free photography sites like or are great for finding any shots you weren’t able to capture on your trip. Always handy in case you didn’t manage to get a tourist-free shot, or it rained all day!

Design your photo book pages

Mix up your photos with different page layouts – something easy and quick to do with Photobox. It’s fun to splash that one extra-special photo full size on a page – or even across two – and then have a collage of smaller photos from the same day or place next to it. However you lay out your pages, aim for a maximum of nine photos on any one page.

Give the cover some love

People say you should never judge a book by its cover, but the cover of your travel photo book should look amazing. The cover is where your most stunning photo should live (and you can include it again on the inside pages). We love it when a photo fills the whole cover, and adding the book’s title against a backdrop of sea or sky looks fantastic.

If you add the name of your book (and dates, if you like) to the spine, you’ll be able to find your book on a shelf at a moment’s notice. With Photobox’s Classic Photo Book you can choose from 10 different colours for the cover.

Photo book front cover with window showing couple exploring the colosseum.
Courtesy of Photobox

Try matching the colour to the theme of your holiday. Think green for a camping trip, pale yellow for the beach, or wood effect for visit to the forest. Create a new book for each family adventure and you’ll end up with a rainbow on your shelves. If that’s not quite your style they also have a wide range of other designs to suit all tastes, from the Lay Flat Photo Book to the Little Moments Book – perfect for that little city break!

Ready to create your photo book?

Let’s start creating!

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