Travelling is one of my greatest pleasures. Being suddenly confined due to the coronavirus pandemic, it’s no wonder many of us are thinking with even more longing about our previous journeys and looking at our travel photographs with new eyes.

I created an ongoing series of simple little animations, calling it Souvenirs, to soothe myself and re–live some of my favourite travel memories.

You can order a custom Souvenir, based on your own memories, from my online shop.

Whenever I feel trapped, I like to practise the advice from The School of Life’s wonderful How To Travel book—

“Regular immersion in our memories is a critical part of what can sustain and console us. We should learn regularly to travel around our minds and think it almost as prestigious to sit at home and reflect on a trip we once took to an island with our imaginations as to trek the islands with our cumbersome bodies. We can – right now – shut our eyes and travel into, and linger amongst, the very best and most consoling and life-enhancing bits of our past.”

Marina Esmeraldo is a Brazilian illustrator, artist and educator, based between Barcelona and London. She speaks five and a half languages, loves travelling and the sea, and is currently obsessed with outdoor sketching, film photography and subconscious reprogramming.

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