As we approach the end of the year, many of us get reflective thinking about the adventures and travels we’ve had. Looking back on weekends spent relaxing in a cabin in the woods or backpacking through southeast Asia or basking on a beach in Hawaii, the winter doldrums can hit hard. Because being back home for the holidays — waking up to a car covered in frost, going to work meetings, sitting inside and watching Netflix — makes those days where the sun was beating down on your face and the night felt endless, feel very far away.
That stuck feeling can wear on both you and your relationship. But before you start snapping at each other and funneling all your travel money into a 401k, convinced that life is behind you, AND YOU MIGHT AS WELL BREAK UP BECAUSE HOW DID YOU BECOME YOUR PARENTS??, you might want to take a breath and remember, you’ve had amazing adventures all year. And there are more to come.
Which is why we highly recommend you give the lady in your life a present or two that will serve as a reminder of your favorite explorations. These gifts will put a smile on her face and bring you both back to your favorite days on the road.
A food or drink item from one of her favorite trips.
The smells and tastes of a trip often linger in a way that causes just a whiff of a spice to bring you right back to where you were when you last smelled it — all the happy feelings you had bubbling at the surface. So why not get her a gift that will reawaken those traveling senses. Like coffee that reminds her of early mornings in Costa Rica, or Big Sky beer from Montana that will remind her of a week camping under the stars, or a bottle of Prosecco from a winery you toured in Northeastern Italy. Pick a food or drink that’s from (or reminiscent of) one of your favorite adventures together and then eat it together, talking about all those charming, funny details you’ve forgotten.
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A Vintage National Park Poster
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The kids are home from school today, with inches of new snow covered in a thin layer of ice on the ground. To combat this never ending winter, I will call on my memories of our National Parks trip last summer. . Generally I’m not a fan of reproductions, but, as only a very few of these Park posters exist, and sell at auction for thousands of dollars, I’m content with this torn apart calendar. . . #nationalparks #oldfaithful #nationalparkgeek #findyourpark #vintagefresh #pocket_colors #pocket_home #myownhomestyle #myfleamarketstyle #fleamarketdecor #fleamarketfinds #vintagefinds #vintagenationalparks
Vintage National Park posters make for pretty awesome wall hangings, but they’re especially cool if you pick one that represents one of your favorite road trips or camping excursions. It’s art that feels personal to both of you and every time you walk past it, you’ll get a little more inspired to rent a van and get back on the road. There are a lot of parks on your list to still see!
For more NPS designs with more of a retro-artsy feel, check these posters from the Fifty-Nine Parks project.