One of the things I love about travel is learning about the customs, and superstitions of other countries.
Sometimes I adopt those customs as my own. Ever since my first trip to the middle east, I’ve reserved some red thread and blue beads to protect me in times of trouble.
I own several “Hamsa” hands as well.
I love to take photos of the notes in the Western wall and on my last trip there I left several of my own prayers in the wall. Prayers for my family, and my friends – many of whom have had a particularly hard year.
I’m a superstitious traveler. Every time I board a plane I have a ritual. I touch the outside of the plane with my left hand, and then my right, and then the left again. I don’t even know why I do it. It’s silly. But it’s comforting.
Travel opens a world of possibility but crossing into unfamiliar territory can also leave you feeling pretty vulnerable. I think that’s good for the soul.
What travel amulets do you bring with you? Have you picked up good luck trinkets along the way?
This post is part of Instagram Travel Thursday, hosted by some excellent travel bloggers including Kim Marie Evans of Luxury Travel Mom who always inspires me with her trips. I love her recent post about her trip to Paris. It’s great to see friends photos from the same places you’ve recently been. We both were at the Bridge of Locks!