The ultimate Bucket Sniff

Scents to smell in your lifetime

A bucket list doesn’t only need to consist of places to go and things to see. In this article we’ve put together a list of some of the most distinct scents around the world.
  1. Espresso at Sant’Eustachio Coffee in Rome, Italy
    What makes the aroma so unique is the result of a blend of different coffees from different places. The coffee beans are purchased from cooperatives of producers in the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Ethiopia and Brazil, as well as special beans coming from the Galapagos and St. Elena islands. The selection is separately roasted, in a slow process, over a wood fire. This is the secret to it being so renowned.
  1. Meat on a “braai” in South Africa
    The smell of meat sizzling on the braai is enough to make most of us salivate uncontrollably. It is one of the most mouthwatering smells in the world!
  1. Fresh croissants in France
    One of the most prevalent smells of France is the buttery aroma of freshly baked croissants lingering in the air. This is an aroma of comfort and nostalgia for most.
  1. Wine in Napa Valley, America
    California’s Napa Valley Wine Country is one of the world’s greatest destinations for a decadent wine aroma. In fact, your sense of smell is key when it comes to tasting wine. We can teach ourselves to identify 1,000 different aromas in life, and of those, about 200 are said to relate to wine.
  1. Roses in Morocco
    About six hours’ drive south-east of Marrakesh, you will find Morocco’s “Valley of Roses” which is just as fragrant as it sounds. Be sure to go in season when the air is scented with the aromatic Centifolia rose, also called the Persian or cabbage rose.
  1. Jasmine in Grasse, France
    The jasmine fields of this French Riviera town grow the main ingredient for some of the luxury perfumes of the world. The actual experience of standing in a jasmine field will leave you speechless. “Smelling is believing”, so make sure to tick it off your bucket list.
  1. Lavender fields in Provence, France
    The delicate fragrance of lavender can be experienced between June and August each year. These purple fields will captivate your senses.
  1. Frangipani in Australia
    In some Australian cities (particularly suburban Sydney, Cairns and Brisbane) frangipani can be found beautifying private gardens, hotels, resorts and landscapes. Nothing provokes that tropical feeling quite like the scent of frangipani.
  1. Pine trees in the Alps, southern Europe
    The famous Christmas trees have a sweet and sharp scent when you walk in the forest. This refreshing and nostalgic smell is loved by all. The scent of summer and winter, all wrapped into one!
  1. Chocolate in York, United Kingdom
    Just a few kilometers outside of York lies the Nestle Rowntree factory. With the wind blowing in the right direction, you’ll get that whiff of chocolate drifting over the city. The tourism board launched a “Smell York” guide a few years ago, which endorsed it as Britain’s “home of chocolate”.
  1. Leather in Fez, Morocco
    Hidden behind a high wall, Fez is home to three ancient leather tanneries, the largest and oldest being the Chouara Tannery, which is almost a thousand years old. It is no surprise why the smell of leather permeates the narrow streets.
  1. Orange blossom in Seville, Spain
    There’s no better time to visit Seville than during spring, when the sweet scents of orange blossoms fill the air around the city.
  1. Spices in Zanzibar
    Zanzibar is known as the “Spice Island”. To experience the scents, you can go on a guided Spice Tour which will take you to some of the farms in the area. The wonderful array of spices include vanilla, cardamom, cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, black pepper, aniseed, bay leaves, chili, coriander, ginger, turmeric and lemon grass.
  1. Bacon in America
    The perfect companion to a traditional American breakfast; the smell of bacon can trigger a person’s stomach to growl uncontrollably.
  1. Coconuts in the Maldives
    The coconut is the national tree, and is considered the most important plant in the Maldives. Its scent is exotic, sweet, fresh, cold, soft and creamy. There are few smells that will remind you of summer, islands and holidays like coconut.

So, next time you travel, keep your nose sharp, and don’t miss ticking off these scents from your bucket list.

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