When you travel, do you have a ritual that you follow? Is there something you do on every trip that is your “thing” that makes your trips memorable? As I sit here filling out a pile of documents to apply for a visa to visit China this summer I started thinking about my favorite travel ritual and I decided to share it with you here. Don’t tell me if it’s stupid because I happen to think this is the most incredible travel ritual ever and I try to do it every time I leave the United States although I have forgotten a time or two. Thank God for the purchasing power of the internet! So what is this favorite ritual of which I am writing? Well, in order to tell you what it is, let me first tell you how I developed the idea.
First and foremost I decided to come up with some criteria.
These 6 criteria are listed here:
- It must be possible in any country
- It has to have universal appeal
- It must be something I like and appreciate
- It has to be something that most people would probably think is cool
- It has to be completely unique to each country I visit
- It has to be easy to get home with no challenges whatsoever
So what is the ritual I try to do each time I travel internationally?
Soccer jerseys! Yea, that’s it! Simple, isn’t it? But very very cool you have to admit! I realized very quickly that every country has its own unique soccer jerseys and that these were awesome ways to remember any international trip. I mean just stop and think! Every country loves soccer, right? Yes! So what could be cooler than a commemoration soccer jersey to remember your travels by? And, if you happen to be watching The World Cup every fourth year, you have any number of great jerseys to wear just for the hell of it!
This could vie for the shortest blog post ever but I hope you consider creating your own fun travel ritual. And, if you happen to think mine is awesome then by all means, adopt it as your own.
All the best to you my friends!
Here are a few of my favorites (after the USA of course!):
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