"I buy a new fragrance for every big trip" – and other rituals travellers live by

A superstition? Or maybe just a habit. Travellers are certainly not made equal.

Whether it's motion sickness tablets, HELLO! Magazine, a neck pillow, buying a fridge magnet in every city you visit or even eating something specific while discovering a new destination, we all desire different comforts or set and follow specific rules when travelling.  

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We asked a few other avid travellers about their packing and travel rituals: 


Natalie Roos of Tails of a Mermaid, says: 

"I buy a new fragrance for every big trip so that I can connect the scent with memories from new destinations. Gucci Bloom takes me to Paris. Elie Saab reminds me of Bali. It’s a powerful way to transport yourself long after you’ve returned from your travels."

The world’s leading travel company, Trafalgar, has now even creates a fragrance with iconic French perfume brand, Fragonard Perfumery, exactly for the purpose of creating scent memories while travelling.

"When one travels all five senses are used, but the sense that stands out the most is smell,” says Teresa Richardson, Managing Director of The Travel Corporation in South Africa.

“It instantly transports us back to moments in time, connects us to places and reignites special memories and Trafalgar wanted to celebrate this core connection.”

La Belle Vie the Fragrance for both men and women is available exclusively for Trafalgar guests travelling through France, on itineraries visiting Paris, Eze and Grasse. 


"I eat ice cream every day when travelling, often forgoing actual meals."

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"I guess we have a few different rituals like, the first day in a new city we always wake-up before sunrise and explore it with no crowds. We also embarrassingly have to buy a magnet in each city we visit. It's the only thing we collect #typicaltourist." 


"Whenever I travel, 90% of the time it involves a transit stop in Dubai. I don't care if it's only a two hour stop or if it's at 3AM, I HAVE to have a Shack Stack burger from Shake Shack on the airport - it's pricey but it's also non-negotiable!"



"I always mark my trips with music. There's a song or a playlist I associate with almost every trip; hearing it takes me straight back."

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"I head to the closest bar and try out the local beers."


"A massage! (albeit always ridiculously overpriced, I can't help myself)." 


"This might be a weird one but no matter where I go or what I do, even if it's to a 5 star lodge, I take my own bar of Dove soap."




"I know this might be a weird one, but I always take a large, light and beautiful scarf/pashmina/sarong, spritzed with my favorite perfume. On planes I shelter under it from the noise and smells and lack of privacy, and in my travels it works as an accessory, a warming shawl and a beach wrap. It’s kinda like the towel in the Hitchhiker‘s Guide to the Galaxy, but with a feminine twist."


"Mentos. It helps so much for motion sickness."


"I always take a selfie stick on my travels."


(Balicasag Island, Bohol, Philippines. Photo: Richard Chen)  

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