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engagelive:

A rapid-pace trip through three cities in three days studying smoking, non-smoking, wine, technology, perfume, and fashion. We’ll tie them all together on the return flight tomorrow. 

Going through my photos this weekend (cleaning out, really), I compiled a list of where I traveled in 2012. 

The full list: lots of California > San Francisco, Berkeley, Oakland, Oakdale, Yountville, Napa, Los Angeles, Palm Springs; the Midwest > Omaha, Kansas City, Detroit, Louisville, Milwaukee, Madison, Green Bay, a few small towns in Indiana and Illinois, and 15 minutes in Minnesota. We almost made it to Iowa, but ran out of time. Then came Texas > Dallas & Austin; and randomly, Washington DC; Asheville, NC; Salt Lake City; Edinburgh, UK; Dominica; San Juan, P.R; Toronto; New Orleans, LA; Las Vegas; and I closed out the year in Boston.

[links go to places I found interesting or recommend in each location]

I began 2013 in Paris, which was a brilliant way to start a new year (and I hope to repeat that every January, in Paris or otherwise). But the year has been slower-paced, which I can’t say I’m disappointed about - home certainly has its benefits. Though, it’s only July…

engagethinking:

Pick a weekend and stay at a hotel in your home city or home state.
Why? Experience your hometown in an entirely new way. 
I recently did this in NYC due to a long unused credit at a hotel. The experience completely surprised me. I saw things I never knew existed, like the beaux arts building in the photo above. Looking out over the city, I was reminded that New York City looks very different through the lens of a traveler.
We received recommendations to local restaurants, and hotel staff kindly offered suggestions for things to do as they obviously assumed we were from somewhere else. 
A good exercise in learning how your hometown does customer service and an easy, effective way to change your perspective.
(the building in the photo is the former NYC police headquarters, now a co-op. I first saw it from my hotel room window on Saturday when we checked in, then ironically found one of the duplexes listed in NY Times real estate section on Sunday.) 

From the weekend. We stayed at Mondrian Soho, which is a completely dreamy, beautifully designed hotel.

engagethinking:

Pick a weekend and stay at a hotel in your home city or home state.

Why? Experience your hometown in an entirely new way. 

I recently did this in NYC due to a long unused credit at a hotel. The experience completely surprised me. I saw things I never knew existed, like the beaux arts building in the photo above. Looking out over the city, I was reminded that New York City looks very different through the lens of a traveler.

We received recommendations to local restaurants, and hotel staff kindly offered suggestions for things to do as they obviously assumed we were from somewhere else.

A good exercise in learning how your hometown does customer service and an easy, effective way to change your perspective.

(the building in the photo is the former NYC police headquarters, now a co-op. I first saw it from my hotel room window on Saturday when we checked in, then ironically found one of the duplexes listed in NY Times real estate section on Sunday.) 

From the weekend. We stayed at Mondrian Soho, which is a completely dreamy, beautifully designed hotel.

On a recent trip to Paris, I bought a candle at Cire Trudon and burned it throughout my stay. It’s now at home and each time I light it, I am reminded of the fantastic apartment we rented on Ile de la Cite (and all the memories that come with it).
The post below was written for work, but the idea works for all journeys. Find a scent from the trip, place, or experience and bring it home with you. Helps with the memories.
engagethinking:

In his book, À la recherche du temps perdu, Marcel Proust wrote about the smell that brought him sharply back to the tea-soaked madeleines his aunt gave to him as a child. The passage sparked a discussion about the importance of scent on our ability to remember - that scent memory is perhaps the strongest and longest-lasting emotional memory trigger. 
Hotels have recognized this and are using it as a way to drive customer loyalty. Sicilian Fig, a candle with the signature scent of W Hotels, is for sale in hotel retail shops and online. Hotel Costes took it one step further and created a perfume out of the lavender-coriander-juniper-musk fragrance that fills the hotel hallways and guest rooms.
Evoke positive memories from your next gathering with your own signature scent. Find a fragrance that enlivens the meeting spaces you’ll be using throughout the event, and give your attendees their own travel-size version to take home. 
KC, Jersey City/NYC
*The candle in the photo is Ebenus (Ebonywood) from Carriere Freres Industrie, bought & burned in Paris, now evoking memories in Jersey City.

On a recent trip to Paris, I bought a candle at Cire Trudon and burned it throughout my stay. It’s now at home and each time I light it, I am reminded of the fantastic apartment we rented on Ile de la Cite (and all the memories that come with it).

The post below was written for work, but the idea works for all journeys. Find a scent from the trip, place, or experience and bring it home with you. Helps with the memories.

engagethinking:

In his book, À la recherche du temps perdu, Marcel Proust wrote about the smell that brought him sharply back to the tea-soaked madeleines his aunt gave to him as a child. The passage sparked a discussion about the importance of scent on our ability to remember - that scent memory is perhaps the strongest and longest-lasting emotional memory trigger. 

Hotels have recognized this and are using it as a way to drive customer loyalty. Sicilian Fig, a candle with the signature scent of W Hotels, is for sale in hotel retail shops and online. Hotel Costes took it one step further and created a perfume out of the lavender-coriander-juniper-musk fragrance that fills the hotel hallways and guest rooms.

Evoke positive memories from your next gathering with your own signature scent. Find a fragrance that enlivens the meeting spaces you’ll be using throughout the event, and give your attendees their own travel-size version to take home. 

KC, Jersey City/NYC

*The candle in the photo is Ebenus (Ebonywood) from Carriere Freres Industrie, bought & burned in Paris, now evoking memories in Jersey City.