We’ve all accidentally left things behind on our travels: that nice new pair of sunglasses that are sitting on the desk in the hotel you just checked out of, the cellphone you left in the bathroom of that sketchy restaurant, the credit card you must have dropped at some point during your walk. It happens to the best of us, but more and more I’m finding myself becoming quite intentional with what I choose to leave behind.
When I was eight, my mom had to run all the way back down the aisles of the terminal in the airport to rescue Mickey Mouse from the seat on the airplane where I accidentally left him. I’ve never been able to live that one down and now Mickey is the first thing I check for before I disembark the plane, to avoid the temper tantrum that ensued on that day when I was eight.
But just a few weeks ago I purposefully left behind four pairs of my favorite shirts, a pair of jeans and a packet of snacks in the Himalayas rather than continue to carry them on my back the rest of the way up the mountain. I clipped one of my favorite sparkly pink hair clips into a little girl’s hair in Haiti when she pointed at it on my bag about a month before that.
Recently, travel has made me reevaluate the importance of things. When you’re hiking with everything you own on your back for a week, suddenly those nice shirts aren’t so important, they actually become a burden. And when you see a little girl’s face light up when she notices your hair accessory, you realize it really didn’t mean as much to you as it will to her anyway.
So, in the spirit of letting things go and leaving things behind…I want to hear from you! What have you left behind (intentionally or unintentionally) and why?
I want to create a little post of the lost and forgotten trinkets from our collective travels. There are a few ways for you to take part:
- Comment below–quick and easy.
- Email your story (and maybe a picture) to thepennilesstraveler(at)yahoo.com.
- Write your own post about the things you’ve left behind and leave a link in the comments below.