Traveling is the best! Documenting it for when you get home is even better.
But how many of you actively back up your photos when you are on the road traveling?
Or have you ever backed them up?
Before cell phone cameras were handy having to get your photos off of your camera was a normal thing.
But now, I can’t tell you how many people tell me that the only place their precious memories live is on their phone!
It’s not likely that you’ll lose all your data on your phone but it can happen. And backing up your important memories is just a good habit to get into anyway.
But short of lugging out your computer or waiting till you get home how can you make sure to protect your photos while you are on vacation?
Why you should back up your photos
First of all, let’s talk a bit more about why it is important to back up your photos from your phone or your digital camera in general.
Even if nothing happens physically to your phone your data can become corrupted. It happens.
And the only thing you can do to fully protect yourself is to save the photos or important information that you store on your phone is to save them in more than one spot.
Now let’s talk about life happens shall we… you drop your phone and it gets smashed to smithereens or you drop it in water and it becomes waterlogged.
You may or may not get the information back, so why take the chance.
These things can happen even when you are on vacation and in fact, I’d argue that they are more likely to happen because you are relaxing by the pool or chilling at the beach.
Tools to back it up
If you carry your laptop with you on vacation you can definitely use your cable to transfer the photos. But this takes time and wouldn’t it be awesome if it did it automatically while you’re enjoying cocktail hour by the pool?
That’s where cloud backups can save the day. All you need is internet access.
There are SO many services out there that will automatically store your photos for you. Sometimes it is just a setting within the app and telling it to actually sync your photos.
Here are some places you can start…
Amazon Prime Photos. Currently, you can store photos for free automatically if you are a prime member.
Dropbox. This is a cloud storage solution I use every day for life and business. It comes in handy when I need to share a file between devices.
OneDrive. Google’s storage solution. I don’t use this one for photos but I think they have an app that will sync your photos automatically.
It only takes a second
So be prepared. And sometimes storing your photos in 3 places is even better because crazy things can happen.
I personally love taking travel photos and photos in general so knowing that I don’t have to worry about backing up my photos is one of the best things I can do for my vacation.
I just get to relax and let technology handle it.