3 Free & Easy Ways To Share Your Vacation Photos — Besides Instagram

If there's one generally acknowledged rule to Instagram success, it's that you should not post more than one photo in a single day — unless you're okay with some of them taking a hit in the likes department. But when you're taking upwards of 30 to 35 pictures each day on vacation, this complicates things. Sure, you could resort to creating a slideshow, but even then there's a 10 photo limit on what you can share.
In some ways, this is a good thing: Instagram forces you to curate the many photos you're taking each day. But when you want family or friends to see all of your photos — and have the option to download and save them — Instagram isn't the best option.
So, with the 'gram out of the picture, how do you share all your shots of cocktails at sunset and bluer-than-blue oceans? Ahead, our three picks for quick, easy, and free ways to not only send your photos to family and friends, but also tell a story about your trip through your images. If anything, think of these as a way to save time recanting the same details to all your relatives at the next family reunion.
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Share From Your iPhone

If you're with the people you want to share photos with and you all happen to have iPhones, the quickest option is to AirDrop your photos. Just make sure everyone has their AirDrop and Bluetooth turned on (swipe up to your Control Center to access both), and your photos can be shared wirelessly.

If this isn't the case, go to your camera roll, select the photos you want to share, and choose iCloud Photo Sharing > Shared Album > New Shared Album. Enter a name for your album, and tap the "plus" to select which contacts you would like to share the album with.

For those people who aren't on iCloud, you can still share the album with them by designating it as a public website. To do so, go to the shared album you just created within your photos, and tap "People" along the bottom. Toggle on on "public website" to get a link that you can send to anyone, allowing them to go to the album online.

Approximate Time Required: Three minutes or less
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Curate A Google Album

If you want to go a step further and tell a bit of a story around your images, opt for Google Photos. The app, available for both iOS and Android users, lets you upload hundreds of photos from your camera roll in seconds. Create an album and choose to arrange your photos by date or pick a custom order.

From there, add text where you see fit, as well as the locations where the photos were taken. This might save you from fielding a million questions from your great-aunt about where you shot that sunset.

When you're ready to send the album along (you can always go back and add more photos or edits at a later time), tap the ellipsis in the upper right-hand corner and select "sharing options." Here, you'll see a link that you can copy and send to direct others to your album, as well as additional controls. If you went on a trip with friends, you'll probably want to leave "collaborate" turned on so that they can add their own photos and videos to the album. On the other hand, if you only want your family to see your photos, you might want to disable the collaborate tool before sharing.

Instead of sending your album link individually, return to the album and tap the share icon in the upper right-hand corner. You can type in the emails of your friends, or choose names from your contacts to send the link to multiple people at the same time.

Approximate Time Required: Five minutes or more, depending on how much information you want to add
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Create An Adobe Spark Page

For an even more narrative approach, try an Adobe Spark tool. You can create a video by combining photos or footage you shot on vacation with music to create a fun look at the trip. Or, add your photos to a Spark Page, it'll become a scrollable experience you can use to walk someone through your trip from start to finish. The nice thing here is that the viewer doesn't need to click through to view all your images as they would in a typical slideshow format — they're all already loaded onto a single page.

You can choose from different stylized templates, similar to the ones you might use in a PowerPoint presentation, and add captions to your photos. If you have video clips that you want to intersperse, you can do that, too.

Once you've finished your page, tap "Share" along the upper toolbar. You'll get a link that you can send to family or share on Twitter or Facebook. And, if you do end posting a photo of your trip on Instagram, just add the link to your bio and direct friends there. A good ol' "Link in bio" caption never hurt anyone.

Approximate Time Required: 10 minutes, or more, depending on how much time you spend picking fonts and writing text