Look at a photo of a place or group of people and I can almost guarantee that there will be a spark of a memory springing into your mind. 99.99999% of the times these memories will be awesome.
Sometimes after an incredible experience, returning to the ordinary day to day life can make it all seem surreal. Having a photo or token, something from that time keeps it all real. It gives you a little refresher and a boost of how it felt to climb to the top of that mountain, swim in natural waters by a waterfall, see that monkey, walk around a city, be at that game, spend the day with your friends doing that thing, the list goes on and on.
It may sound sentimental, but our experiences shape how we are. I want to remember how I got to be the person I am today and be proud of it. We have so much information whizzing through our heads all day, it is impossible to remember everything. It’s amazing how quickly memories start to fade. I’m not saying photograph every single tree and house you see, but if something sparks emotion from you maybe it is worth snapping a few shots of. I love that in my darker days (we all have them after all), I have keepsake frames to remind me that happier times will come and remind me of the courageous, life-loving, globetrotting person I can be.
What you keep is personal to you, you might like photographs, sand jars, postcards, ticket stubs, coasters, bottle tops, it doesn’t matter what as long as it holds that memory connection for you. If you find yourself smiling when you look at it, that is the keepsake for you.