We've all been there. Buying endless souvenirs (how many keychains can you possibly be using??) and trinkets that most times end up in a lost and forgotten drawer collecting dust bunnies. Sometimes we get a little more creative - filling up a bottle of sand we've been lounging around in on that exotic Caribbean get-away only to become just a nuisance of a bottle and getting tossed with next week's garbage collection.
I will admit, I still can't resist a tiny Eiffel Tower key chain, but I have found a way to preserve a memory of a travelled place that will last a long time. Scents.
Now, every time I walk into my powder room, I think of that particular stay in Paris.
This past summer, while visiting my hometown Zagreb, Croatia, I accidentally stumbled upon a beautiful shop "Notes of Zagreb". They carry heavenly scented room sprays, candles and diffusers, inspired by what makes Zagreb such a beautiful city.
There is a bottle of The Well of Life that sits on my work desk and every time I want to be taken back to my Zagreb, I spray a little bit of the goodness.
So now I've made a new tradition. Instead of useless souvenirs, I look for a specific fragrance found in my place of travels that I can take away home with me. I don't have to go very far to be brought back to that special place. I just have to close my eyes and savour the scent.