Travel and Scents: Embolden Your Memories and Experiences

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Those who know me well shouldn't be surprised that I'm writing about travel and scent, together. I have a deep passion for and an extensive history with both areas -- past and present. 

 

Throughout my life, I've been lucky enough to travel the world extensively and to experience places and things that have made me who I am today. My history and my experiences are a huge part of me, as they are for anybody. By the very young age of 4, I had lived and moved between 3 countries, had 2 accents (British English and American English), spoke 2 languages, and traveled to numerous countries -- experiences that I still remember very well despite my young age. Aside from spending my summers with my family in Japan, the traveling continued...

 

And in my career before fragrance, I ended up working in the travel industry - in Sales for an airline and for a luxury boutique hotel, managing a portfolio of Corporate and Leisure Accounts across several regions in both roles. Naturally, working in the travel industry, I was able to travel to unique locales and stay at beautiful properties -- both for work and in my off-time. I will never forget the memories made and the awesome experiences had.

 

[On a bit of a side note, I know way too much of the ins and outs of how airlines and hotels work -- making me a crazy person when it comes to planning my own travel! If any of you have any questions about the best way to book your travel, or if you are part of a company that needs to re-vamp its travel program, I'd be happy to impart my knowledge. As you can imagine, there's a lot that goes on behind the scenes and a lot of factors you need to take into consideration when meeting travelers and corporate needs and to maximize cost savings.]

 

One thing that has been a constant for me (sometimes subconsciously especially when I was very young) throughout my travels is that I've always been very aware of the scents and smells of where I am. This is not surprising considering what I do now for a living. But this constant has always allowed me to feel a sense of place as well as a heightened memory of where I am. 

 

... the scent of the air when entering a certain department store in Tokyo from the subway entrance...

 

... the smell of pungent spices at the supermarkets in Bahrain...

 

... the scent of the hotel's lobby when I would go to Calgary every month for work... 

 

... the scent of plumeria and warm air upon landing in Hawaii...

 

And the list goes on and on...

 

What I'd love to inspire you all to do is to really take note of your surroundings when you travel -- more than pictures, more than just visiting the normal sights, more than the norm. Take the time to be in touch with your senses -- especially your sense of smell when you travel. What you remember of the scents and smells of where you are will embolden your memories and your experiences. Whether it's the smell of freshly baked bread in the bakery next door, the perfume you decide to wear on your travels, the scent of the wood-burning fireplace in your cabin, etc... whatever it is, let your olfactive senses be heightened when you travel. It will add a personal dimension to your experiences and your memories and will always stay with you. 

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