I've always been guilty of being a sentimental packrat. I've saved many random things over the years that are tied to some memory or experience that I'd like to reflect back on someday.
One example of my obsessive behavior on this front is something I began doing back in 2000, when I began to travel a bit more after college: I started saving my boarding cards from each flight that I would take. I've continued to save them to this day, and even as airlines have introduced options to print-at-home and scan your mobile phone, I still religiously print mine out at the airport before each flight in order to save this memento from each trip.
I've lost some of them along the way, but over the years I've amassed a huge pile of boarding cards which have been tucked away in a box, stuffed in a closet of a spare room of my house. Every once in a while, I'll find myself shuffling through them, reflecting back on the different journeys I've taken.
In order to better organize and preserve these memories, I've digitally archived all of the boarding cards and hacked together a simple website to serve as a living representation of the collection as I continue to add to it. By capturing the details of each flight, I'm now able to better visualize the collection in new ways, such as on an interactive map or through leaderboards.
Feel free to check it out here.