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Travel is meant to be shared. Even before the social media era, documenting your travels was important, because it allowed you to share your adventures with loved ones upon returning home. Preserving your pictures in a photo book lets you share those travel snapshots for years—or even generations—to come. Because, really, your travel photos capture not only a memorable vacation, but also a unique snapshot of an evolving destination. Whether you’re looking for a photo book that will give life to a vacation after it’s ended, or you want to immortalize the history of an ever-changing destination, these are the best photo books to organize your travel pictures.
Printique is an Adorama company specializing in professional-quality prints. Their luxury style is apparent in the types of photo books they offer, from leather books to hardcover albums. If you’re looking for a polished wedding album, Printique’s work has the gravitas for special events, while also offering day-to-day items, like photos printed on mugs and personalized calendars. If there’s a travel snapshot that you want more prominently displayed, Prinitique will actually make you an acrylic print of that photo; “each acrylic photo print is hand-engineered in our lab, using state-of-art technology,” according to Printique’s website.
Mimeo Photos’ handcrafted books are easy to put together, and come out with a smart-looking finish. The custom photo books can be up to 100 pages, in soft or hardcover format, and creators can choose from five different photo book sizes. Mimeo photo books stand out thanks to their beautiful ink, thick photo pages, and impressive selection of themes, fonts, and designer backgrounds. Their fervor for “showcas[ing] each chapter of your life with a custom photo book,” is particularly poignant because the finished hardcover photo books really do look like chic picture books meant to be displayed on the coffee table.
A trusted photo book and print maker, Snapfish offers a wide array of photo book options. From linen photo books to layflat hardcover books, they come in various sizes and with multiple layout options (including a travel-specific layout). Snapfish is a smart choice if you’re looking for a company that offers versatile photo books, as well as gifts, photo-centric home décor, and even canvas prints. Their expansive array of products makes them an easy one-stop shop for all your photo needs.
For customized photo books made with high-quality materials, Artifact Uprising is a terrific choice. They offer a line of memory books, broken down into travel photo books, milestone books, baby books, and scrapbook albums. They have a similarly wide selection of albums, not only offering leather coverings, but producing mini photo books, or even Instagram-friendly photo books. If you’re looking for a company that will frame your travel photos, or make them into calendars, Artifact Uprising features extremely tasteful accents, pairing their calendars with an optional brass easel, or offering chic gallery wall framing, such that you can put together a cohesive array of pictures in matching frames of various sizes.
Mixbook Photo Co.
Mixbook is an easy-to-use platform with functional photo book templates that will let your travel photos shine. They have travel-specific photo books, as well as seasonal and holiday themes (perfect for a multi-generational family trip taken over Christmas). If you’re looking to add more pizazz to your photo books, browse their designer collection, which is inspired by Mixbook’s creative partners, like Martha Stewart and other leaders in the home and design space.
An excellent fit for Prime members looking for photo books, Amazon Prints may be best known for good-quality photo prints and reliable photo storage, but they make beautiful photo books, too. Their photo book options are straightforward—premium, standard, hardcover, and softcover—and come in one size. Amazon Prints’ premium photo book starts with 20 pages—but can accommodate up to 74 pages—and features layflat bindings, double-thick pages, and a laminated cover. Amazon also has high-quality photo paper offerings: pearl, luster, or glossy/matte paper.