If you haven’t noticed, we Two Drifters have a special love for vintage things. From our vintage travel engagement photos to our signature soft Instagram look, we really enjoy the vibe of the past. When traveling, we enjoy focusing on the history of a destination, and we’re always happy to visit old mansions, castles, and ancient sites.
It’s easy to be fresh and modern in today’s world. You can check into your flight using your mobile device, carry a theft-proof backpack, and even travel “virtually” if you want. These things are great, but now and then, you may want to inject a touch of the old-fashioned into your travel. Classic, sophisticated, timeless travel. We have 6 simple ways you can do exactly that.
Carry a vintage-style suitcase
Forget the backpack or that ghastly rolling bag! A traditional, hard-sided suitcase (ideally vintage) is the perfect accessory. Imagine the stories that suitcase could tell! While this type of luggage may not seem the most practical, suitcases are very sturdy. And you’ll definitely be able to pick it out at baggage claim!
Send postcards to loved ones back home
The postcard is a true travel classic! Sending postcards to friends and family during your travels is a long-lasting tradition, and it’s a nice gesture, too. Who doesn’t love getting a special message from abroad? To make your postcard even more unique, you can use your own photos to create them. Sending cards online is so simple and fun. We use MyPostcard to make personalized cards from our trips—with vintage flair of course! You can also use their photo postcard app ( also on Android) to design gorgeous cards in just minutes. You can also add a lovely handwritten text write on the back. Want to try it for free? Use our special code TwoDrifters to get a free card!
Leave your phone and camera behind
It’s hard to think about traveling without your phone and camera. (How will you Instagram your meal?!) But it can be so worth it. Leave those devices in the hotel room and step into an unencumbered past. This can be a fabulous way to explore a city. Without a GPS to consult, you are more likely to wander and find those hidden gems. Need directions or recommendations? Ask the locals! You’ll immerse yourself much more deeply into a destination if you are truly present.
Sketch what you see
Want a real vintage travel experience? Sit and sketch the world around you. This is an intimate way of getting to know a destination, and it can help you perfectly capture the mood and feeling of a place. If you’re a talented artist, you could even scan your drawings digitally and use them in your postcards!
Take to your feet
Finally, spend time walking around and discovering your destination. Walking is how people have moved about and traveled for centuries. It’s a very different experience than taking a taxi or even hopping on a bus or a subway. At street level, you’ll get the richest experience of your destination. And who knows where your wandering feet may take you?
Keep a handwritten journal
Keeping a travel journal is such a special memory. You can record your feelings, impressions, thoughts, and travel anecdotes. Writing by hand is different than using your laptop, too. There’s a more immediate as well as lasting aspect to it. It requires more thought and patience as you write. If you decide to keep a journal on your next adventure, you’ll be creating a precious souvenir you can keep for a lifetime.
Do you enjoy those classic travel touches? How do you bring a bit of the vintage and sophisticated into your travels?
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