Are you a treasure hunter and the type to scour beaches for shells, small or small treasures? We all love to experience something unexpected or discover a small treasure that comes to us by surprise and cherish the find. Whether you are taking a hike, walking at the beach or just enjoying a day outside, you’ll find lots of natural wonders or maybe be lucky to take back something that you’ll always remember from that time. Check out these other travel bloggers experiences on finding little treasures from traveling and what they have come across. These discoveries were mostly found by accident and how it bringing it home immediately rekindles that travel experience to always be treasured.
Finding those little treasures in your travels
Beach combing in Andalusia
I didn’t grow up by the sea. In fact, I had never lived by the sea before I moved to the Costa Tropical, in the South of Spain. It’s here in Andalusia that I discovered the shout of the seagulls from my bedroom window, the view on the blue horizon over breakfast, and the walks with my dog in the sand (as we’ve all seen in cheesy movies).
When I stroll on the beach, I instinctively look for nice polished rocks and seashells. That’s a habit I picked up during my backpacking travels in Brazil. Do you do that too? The ones I pick up, I used to just keep somewhere where they gathered dust. But I wanted to actually make something nice out of them.
The magical internet gave me the idea of combining the seashells with plants, particularly with cacti and succulents. They need little soil and almost no water, so they’re just perfect. I buy those plants from the shop, but I also plant my own; they grow amazingly well here! From the beach, I get the seashells and little rocks for adornment.
I’m happy with those creations: they keep me creative and make for great, cheap presents. My friends love them!
Anthony with GreenMochila.com
Found treasures in Maine
Exploring Penobscot Bay
Found treasure in Oman
I am a budget backpacker, which means, I rarely buy souvenirs or bring things back from abroad. This is usually due to my packing constraints, as my definition of backpacking generally consists of a standard 25L school backpack stuffed with clothes and little room for anything else.
However, I broke my habit during my Oman trip. After camping in Jebel Shams and the Wahiba Sands, I headed to Masirah Island for a quick stay. The island is known for its beautiful beaches, unforgettable diving spots, serene fishing hideouts. During one of my outings, I saw this giant white shell that laid motionlessly on the sand. It was fully intact. Unlike its smaller companions, this shell was the size of two of my fists. Its edges were erected and long, It was beautiful.
After some consideration, I decided that I couldn’t let this piece go. So I wrapped it up in some clothes and attempted to stuff it into my bag. It barely fit and had some edges that poked out of my bag, but I was able to fly it back home. (Some shells won’t be allowed to go with carryon so do check beforehand if you decide to do the same!)
Daisy with Oman Travel Guides
Finding treasure in Abkhazia
Herbs and Scents in your travels
It happens all the time: I go on a hike, I smell something (good) in the air, and then I have to follow my scent analyzer until I find the source. Depending on the power of the wind and the terrain, it can be an easy hunt or a very tricky one. Sometimes it’s a fragrant and aesthetic find, such as the frangipani flowers on the trees in Thailand or sparse lavender bushes on the slopes of Monte Verde (Cabo Verde). At other times, it’s a real edible treasure, such as roadside mint in Montenegro and basil in Italy. It’s nice to make some mint tea with a few twigs when coming home. The presence of the find is always temporary but makes the hike more memorable.
On nearly every island in the Cabo Verdean archipelago, I caught a whiff of something very lemony and minty. Sniffing out the inland plant (pictured) wasn’t hard, but determining the species and whether I could munch it or make a tea of it proved elusive. As always with foraging, it’s imperative to remain cautious. So besides stopping and smelling this plant every time I got the chance, I left it in peace. My memories of that trip are full of olfactory joy.
Iris with Mind of a Hitchhiker
Driftwood treasure in Hawaii
As a photographer I’m terrible at packing light. My suitcase and backpack are overloaded with cameras, lenses and other paraphernalia, which means that never have any room to bring back souvenirs from my travels. Which is why I collect fridge magnets – they take up almost no space in my luggage, and they don’t clutter up my little London flat with random stuff either. But after about 15 years of collecting I’ve become very picky about my magnets and I won’t buy any old tat – they have to mean something and capture a moment or a memory from my trip. Which is why sometimes I make my own.
If I’ve been somewhere and picked up a trinket, a badge, some small carving or even a bit of rock, I’ll take it home and superglue a small magnet to the back of it. So alongside my regular shop-bought magnets I’ve also got a little lacquered heart given to me by a pottery worker in Morocco, a small piece of obsidian glass and a bit of tezontle volcanic stone from a work project in Mexico, and a tiny ammonite fossil that I bought in a workshop in Morocco. But my favourite is a small bit of lava from when I climbed the volcano Nyiragongo in the Democratic Republic of Congo – not being a tourist hotspot they don’t sell fridge magnets there so I had no choice but to make my own and I love it!
Bella with Passport and PIxels
Fossils at the Staithes beach, England
During our road trip along the east coast from Edinburgh to Scarborough, we have stopped at many fantastic locations such as Bumburgh, Holy Island and Whitby – just to mention few.
The coast offers many opportunities for long walks and wanders. One small village, however, surprised us with amazing souvenirs – hand picked fossils!
We visited Staithes due to its scenic location and the fact that at low tide one is able to walk along a stony beach and search for fossils. We spent a nice day there walking, and walking even more in pursuit of fossils.
We were very lucky and determined, and found a few fossils with one being simply amazing! We photographed it and displayed proudly in our living room.
So here are our tips: visit the beautiful and quiet village of Staithes when the tide is low and best after a storm. When the water is wild it hits the cliffs and the rocks fall; new supply of fossils is ready to be picked up! It’s still not that easy to find fossils but that’s how you can increase your chances. Don’t be discourage after first half an hour, you may need a bit more than that.
Happy fossil hunting in Staithes!
Beata from Stunning Outdoors
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