Recently, on my birthday, I was walking by a big, beautiful fountain near my home. It was a gorgeous day, and I was in no rush, so I stopped to sit by the side of the fountain and appreciate the great weather. I looked down to see a handful of coins in the fountain and got an idea. I took out my wallet, counted out some change equal to the age I turned that day, made a wish, and threw the coins in the fountain.
The next time I travel and I see a fountain with coins in it, or a voluntary donation jar at a great museum or historical site, I’ll throw in coins equal to my age and try a new travel tradition. You can also throw in coins equal to the month or year you are visiting (i.e., this year, you can throw in fifteen cents), or another sentimental number, like the anniversary year of a significant other you are traveling with (i.e., ten cents for ten years together).
Many people have travel traditions. For example, some have a particular pose they do in pictures and collect pictures of themselves in that pose in front of landmarks all over the world. Do you have any favorite travel traditions?