There is a sense of freedom, curiosity and playfulness when journeying to distant places — new perspectives are gained, epiphanies emerge and our hearts expand.
Bringing home special mementos from places that have profound impacts on our lives us is vital to keeping the energy of these important voyages alive.
Whether it’s a painting purchased from the artist who is painting in Luxemburg Gardens on a rainy day, seashells gathered on Florida’s coastline, textiles acquired in a remote Indian village or the smallest relic, you can display them in your home and be forever reminded of those special moments.
Here are my recommendations for buying meaningful travel keepsakes:
1) Create an objective for your voyage. Beyond the special moments spent at the best museums and restaurants, think about what you want to experience and explore and bring home from the trip.
2) Forego the quintessential touristy bric-a-brac. Instead, choose items that represent special moments during your stay. In Rome I had a bespoke pair of shoes made that forever remind me of the time, place and the everlasting memories of that trip. Let them fuss over you.
3) Buy from local craftsman and artisans. Support their creativity and make a friend in the process. It is interesting to own hand-made objects such as woven baskets and rugs; and to know the person who made it.
4) Look for stones and shells.
5) Put yourself in a position to be offered special mementos. I came home with a beautiful traditional Indian painting when I attended a friend’s traditional Indian wedding, not to mention a handful of new, interesting friends.
6) Choose treasures that inspire you, forego anything that will clutter.
7) Make it personal.