The Perfect Leaving Present: How to be an Explorer of the World by Keri Smith
Last week marked the end of an era for me. One of my oldest and closest friends has moved from our home town to sunny Portsmouth. We had a big old leaving do that saw her off with style. We both got a little wobbly (definitely not alcohol induced...) and if I said it wasn't an emotional night, I'd be a barefaced liar.
Of course I was going to buy her a farewell present, and ended up finding this gem in my local book shop. She was already a fan of Wreck This Journal, so knew she'd welcome a second Keri Smith book to her collection.
This book seems incredible for someone who is travelling or moving to a completely new city. The pages encourage you to go outside and create art with objects and observations you discover on your journeys.
Perhaps you know someone who is backpacking or leaving for university, this would be the perfect tool to get them outside and exploring their surroundings!
I added some pictures and in-jokes on the opening page. (Some of these photographs were even retrieved from the deep dark achieves of MySpace...) It was lovely going through all the photographs of us both throughout the years, but probably didn't help my emotional state!
How to be an Explorer of the World is a brilliant leaving present. I love Keri Smith's books as she encourages her readers to be imaginative and creative. This one in particular is great if your loved one is moving to a completely new city.
Have any of your closest friends or family relocated far away? How do you keep in touch? I'm already mentally planning a million trips to Portsmouth and she's only been gone a week!