Gathering Souvenirs

SOUVENIR: a reminder of a place visited, an occasion, or a person; a memento
CHRONICLES: records, narrations, or reports about events or experiences

• JOURNAL: I carry a travel journal with me in my purse or backpack so that I can write down interesting information that I learn and impressions I have as I go along. This might include facts or statistics spoken by a tour guide, descriptions of a particularly good meal, feelings about an experience, or an account of a memorable encounter. I may or may not add to those notes when we get back to our hotel, depending on my exhaustion level, but the notes help me remember things I would have otherwise forgotten by the end of the trip, or even by the next day. Because I write at least a few words about every major stop along the way, my notes also help me identify my pictures later on.

• PHOTOS: Everyone who travels takes pictures, but sometimes the trick is knowing what the pictures are of when you get home, especially if you take as many as we do.  At the beginning of every day, I take one marker photo that tells me where I am, usually a handwritten note on a piece of paper. That way I at least know where each day starts and stops in my photos. I also take pictures of signs that give information about the painting or sculpture or church or monument that I just photographed. Again, that helps me identify places and things later on.

• READING: One of my favorite things to do in connection with travel is to find a book related in some way to at least one of the destinations on my trip. Sometimes I read the book before I leave, sometimes during the trip, and sometimes after I get home. The books may be history, biography, or fiction, but I find reading related material deepens my understanding of and appreciation for the places I visit.

• FOOD: My husband loves to eat, and he especially loves to try new and unusual foods. Tasting local cuisine really enhances our travel enjoyment.  In addition, we almost always come home with at least one ingredient to try in our own cooking, such as a spice, sauce, or paste, and we like to search for recipes that help us to re-experience some of our memorable dining moments.

• METHODS OF TRAVEL: PLANES (JETS, FLOAT PLANES, SKI PLANES, ETC.), TRAINS, AUTOMOBILES, OUR OWN FEET, CRUISE SHIPS, ROW BOATS, TOUR BOATS, BICYCLES, BUGGIES, TUK TUKS, CAMELS, HORSES, ELEPHANTS, AND HOT AIR BALLOONS: We have tried and loved them all. 

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