It always fascinates me what folks like to collect — especially so in the “travel sphere” culture. There are those who love to collect boarding passes. Others only care about as many photos as possible from every place they visit.
My wife and I like to collect art. Now when I say “art” I am NOT talking about investment quality art you will one day see on “Antiques Road Show” appraising for thousands of dollars. What I am talking about is items from local artists that will evoke in me a flood of memories from that trip.
Take the above as an example. On our amazing NCL cruise to New England further north, we had the chance to see tons of whales — including calves — right from the ship. In one port along the way, we found a local artist that did acrylic whales and I love looking out into my garden and seeing this reminder of that adventure.
Next up, we have one very old memory and a more recent one. The top print is the one that mesmerized the charter “Cameron Frye” in the iconic Ferris Bueller’s Day Off in the Chicago Art Museum. Years ago, I took my mom and her best friend to see the museum and enjoyed a sunny day in the Windy City.
The photo below it was taken by a local New Orleans photographer of the Banksy on the outskirts of the French Quarter where we stayed for a few days before our western Caribbean NCL cruise this past February (still working on that review).
The next one just makes me smile every time I see it. On one of our transatlantic crossings, we stopped at Funchal and took a Segway ride around the area near the port. The above street is one of the places we passed by on our tour. Simply an amazing part of the planet to visit.
Below that, we have a drawing from just around the corner from the Coliseum. It was my first visit to Rome as an adult. My wife and I had a blast for a couple of days on a stopover on a Delta SkyMiles award trip home (yes, Delta used to offer “free” stopovers on award tickets)! What a city to visit.
Our visit to London was another really fun trip. We did most of the touristy things but also on the AVgeek side got to enter the private Virgin Upper Class airport entrance and spent time in the LHR lounge. So many fun memories.
Next up, on another transatlantic crossing, we visited the Canary Islands for the first time ever. We had a really fun walking tour with breathtaking views (I love walking tours — especially during cruises because it helps you justify all the meals you are enjoying onboard).
Once again from an NCL ship on a central Caribbean cruise, we visited the ABC islands and on one of them picked up a print reminding us of the Dutch influence on that part of the world.
The last one is a gift I treasure from my mom who earned a bachelor’s degree in textile design and created the above of myself and my Lisa sitting on the dock of the summer house in Sweden. Yes, it is a very Swedish summer that I have a coat on and my wife is in a swimsuit!
Normally all of the above motivates me to always think about the “next” adventurer we are going to take. With the virus keeping us grounded for who knows how long, now these items give me time to reflect on the amazing memories millions and millions of travel points have afforded us over the many years.
Your turn – do you collect anything from your travels? Do you display them in your home or in your office? I would love to know. – René
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