According to science, it’s experiences—not things—that make us truly happy. You may be thinking duh, but we love the reasoning behind it. Experiences, from the very moment they happen, reach into our hearts, stretch far into future, and become ingrained in our identities. For years, perhaps even the rest of our lives, we’ll talk about these happenings—good, bad, wild, and wonderful. Case in point? When we asked Who What Wear, Byrdie, and MyDomaine editors to share their most memorable travel experiences, they were excitedly recounted with details that had our hearts aflutter and our wanderlust flaring up.
From an off-the-beaten path Colombian surf town to a backpacking trip that led to love, these tales of adventure have us itching to explore.
Kerstin Florian Sun Protection SPF 30 ($44)
Lonely Planet Pocket Barcelona ($9)
The Beach People The Amaroo Hand Drawn Round Towel ($99)
Govino Stemless Red Wine Glasses ($15 for four)
On the Road by Jack Kerouac ($12 and up)
Wallpaper* City Guide Paris ($12)
DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Cambodia & Laos ($18)
Baggu Canvas Backpack ($38)
Smythson Leather Travel Journal ($255)
Rick Steves' Pocket Venice ($10)
Canon EOS Rebel T5 ($399)
We want to hear about YOUR most memorable travel experience! Tell us about it in the comments.