The word souvenir is French for to remember, but the tacky t-shirts and plastic keychains that clutter souvenir shops and tourist attractions in cities all over the world hardly evoke great memories of the place itself. Next time you travel, skip the trinkets and bring home these meaningful souvenirs instead.
Jewelry and Art: Buying local, hand-crafted jewelry and art can be a great and affordable way to bring home a meaningful and beautiful souvenir while also supporting the community you’re visiting. Local artists often sell original paintings and sketches of local scenery, landmarks and monuments, while jewelry may be made from locally crafted beads or metals.
Notes and Photographs: Documenting your favorite cafés, excursions and hotels can be helpful in reliving your trip later on, and can be great to pass along to friends and family who come to you for travel advice.
Friends: The best part of traveling is the people you meet along the way. Exchange addresses, emails and social media accounts with friends you meet during your trip as a way to stay in touch and make sure your adventures live on in a new friendship.
Escape with your gal pals to Hidden Leaf Baja in Todos Santos, Mexico. This luxurious, private oasis sits on two acres and consists of a main house and a casita. Nestled between ocean and mountains, it features a saltwater swimming pool with a swim-up bar, saltwater hot tub, fire pits, outdoor pavilion with a sitting and dining area, and a rooftop lounge to watch the sun rise above the mountains and set over the ocean.
United Airlines remains firmly committed toward sustainability in aviation. The latest development in its eco-conscious goals includes working with Oxy Low Carbon Ventures to commercialize the production of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) with biotech firm Cemvita Factory. Cemvita looks to develop a revolutionary new way to produce SAF by using carbon dioxide and synthetic microbes. Additionally, United Airlines Ventures (UAV) recently announced an equity investment in Fulcrum, and United has invested more in SAF production than any other airline in the world.
Up Norway recently launched new trips geared toward solo travelers. Each journey may be tailored to the traveler’s needs and preferences. Guests receive a digital itinerary complete with all travel details, personalized recommendations and 24-hour direct chat access to the Up Norway team for any questions and requests.
Fairmont Century Plaza recently debuted Winter Swiss Chalets, transporting hotel guests and locals to the Alps as Los Angeles’ first après-ski dining experience. Three beautifully built, wooden Swiss chalets sit on The Bar’s outdoor patio.
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