"I eat ice cream every day I travel" – 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 for in-transit or always buy a fridge magnet or eating something specific while discovering a new destination, we all desire different comforts or set and follow specific rules for ourselves when travelling.
One traveller I know ensures she always pack an extra outfit in case her luggage takes a longer detour. It's developed into a kind of a superstition that her luggage will go AWOL if she doesn't do it.
I always pay really close attention to the smell of my face oil, or fragrance I take with as nostalgic scent memories are very real.
We asked a few other avid travellers about their packing and travel rituals:
Natalie Roos of Tails of a Mermaid says the same:
"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."
"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."
"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."
"The Red City Bus Tour, always."
"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."
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