Travel memories can be as simple as a moment or an experience placed in the filing cabinets of our minds. I know that when I’m at home between adventures, I’m sometimes reminded of a friend I met along the way or a beautiful landscape that took my breath away when I pull one of those little files out of my memory.
Sometimes a t-shirt might be just the thing to remind me of a place, like the one I picked up at the top of Mount LeConte which could only be purchased at the lodge accessible by foot. I’ll always think of that eight hour hike with my mother, just the two of us alone on the trail with the mists of the Smokies closing in on us as we tried to make it to the lodge before the sun set or a bear ate us.
Other moments might be remembered with a Christmas ornament. As I decorate the tree each year and place a few special ornaments on a branch, the kids smile and we’ll laugh remembering a road trip where the three of us loaded things into the car and took off for a few days to parts unknown.
Jewelry can also be a special reminder of a place or a person. I have a lovely pink pendant from Park City, Utah and also a cameo set I purchased while visiting Herculaneum. I bought these for myself and admit that I do enjoy these types of items. One item of jewelry that has the most meaning from my travels is my Pandora Bracelet. At Christmas my grandmother gifted me a starter bracelet with a fitting charm — a suitcase. Since then I’ve collected a few special charms from places that hold meaning for me.
On my most recent trip I left Las Vegas with a double wrap leather Pandora bracelet with a few limited edition charms. I’m wearing it now, smiling and thinking of how fortunate I am to have had such amazing travel moments to place in my memory’s filing cabinet.
What do you collect from your travels?
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