Traveling is an amazing thing. It opens our eyes up to new people, new food, new ways of life. Traveling can make you realize that you never want to stop discovering – or possibly that you’re happiest when you’re right at home. Two summers ago I had the great fortune of traveling to over a dozen countries in one trip. Lots of people love to collect souvenirs or to have their pictures taken in front of famous monuments or gorgeous landscapes as a way to remember the trip – not me. At the beginning of my trip, I just so happened to take a photo of my little striped backpack with the Swiss Alps in the background, and that’s how it all started…
I now have almost 20 pictures of this little guy chilling in different places around the world. Every time I look at one of these photos, I remember exactly where I was and how I was feeling. I remember who I was with, what the weather was like – sometimes, even what I was wearing. It’s such a fun reminder of where I’ve been and all that I experienced while I was there. Here are some other fun ways to remember where you’ve been. How do you remember your travels?
Create a book of pressed flowers
I love the idea of having a book of pressed flowers – each flower from a different place you’ve been. Just pick a wildflower whenever you’re in a new place, close it between two pages in a book, and let it dry! On each page you can label where the flower was found and maybe include a little blurb on how you’re feeling right at that very moment.
Have a trip song
The next time you go on a trip – especially a road trip – make a point to listen to a certain song at least once a day. Whenever you hear that song, even years after you’ve returned, your mind will go shooting back to those days on the road and all of the beautiful memories you created during that trip.
Start a rock collection
Similar to the pressed flower idea, it would be fun to collect a tiny stone every time you visit a new place. When you come home, you can put your rock collection on display, arranging them altogether in a pretty pattern. It would be so cool to see the collection of rocks together as one, with each piece representing a different experience, a different emotion, a different time, and a different part of the world. It would also be amazing to watch the collection grow over the years.
Discover and collect new recipes
One of the best parts about traveling is all the different kinds of food you’re able to try. It would be awesome to bring back a new recipe with you every time you visit a new place – even if it’s just a quirky grilled cheese you ate at a café in California. Every time you make that dish, your mind will be brought back to that very afternoon in that very café with those very people you first enjoyed it with.
Take note of the little things
A travel journal is an excellent tool to use because putting your thoughts into words can really help you to feel certain emotions and reflect upon your experiences. It can be a tough task to keep up with, though, as I’ve seen for myself. I love the idea of keeping a small notebook with you whenever you’re on a trip, and – instead of documenting your trip in depth – just taking little notes whenever you feel so compelled. Little notes about little things that may otherwise go forgotten, like: “The clouds overhead are forming the shape of a castle” or “The sweetest elderly man just told me I was beautiful” or even “I just spilled an entire cup of coffee all over my dress.” Looking back on the little things will make your memories much more vivid – and meaningful.
What little things do you do to remember your trips?
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