Can we talk about the end? It’s that moment when you say, “That’s it. I’m taking my business elsewhere.” And you mean it. “When it’s time to take your business elsewhere, here’s the right way to exit”
Connie Langdon is a pack rat. Especially when she’s on vacation.
Hotels are a collecting opportunity for Langdon, a court reporter from Springfield, Mo. “I always take pens and notepads and then use them for work,” she says. “That way, when I’m in a rut and wishing I was someplace else, I can look at my pen and smile about some sweet vacation memory.”
But it doesn’t end there. Unused soaps, shampoos, lotions — all disappear into her carry-on. She lifts packets of ketchup and mustard from room service trays left in the hallway. And, of course, she brings home the hotel key cards.
“Not only do they remind me of where we’ve been,” says Langdon. “But they also make good little scrapers for the side-view mirror of my car. And emergency screwdrivers.”
Maybe you know someone like Langdon. Maybe you are someone like Langdon. Either way, you probably also know that there’s more than ever to collect while you’re on the road, from cheesy T-shirts and coffee mugs to boarding passes and key cards.
“4 things to take — and leave — when you’re on the road”