One of the best things about travelling is collecting small memories and mementos from your trip. In my mind there’s nothing better than having things around the house that remind me of the places I’ve been and the things I’ve done – those little memories certainly make a longggg, rainy, ‘I wish I was anywhere but here‘ Monday just that more bearable. But the more places you travel, the more likely you are to have mountains of mementos all stuffed together gathering dust in a drawer, I know I do!

Recently, Loctite and I got together for the Loctite Repair Network to create an essential for any wanderluster – a set of memento boxes that will keep your travel collections safe and organised. They’re also the perfect place to store maps, ticket stubs and other any things you need to jog your memory for when you go back. Because who doesn’t hate not remembering the street that favourite, hidden restaurant was on?

The best part? Once you start making them and stacking them on your bookshelf, it’s all the more reason to wander the globe to fill them up!

Make travel memento boxes a pair and a spare

All you need to do this project is a few small boxes (I used recycled DVD boxes), a few maps and the right glue, and you’re good to go! You can watch the video below:

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Video shooting and editing: Luke Casey
Creative direction & concept : Geneva Vanderzeil

Oh and for those who haven’t noticed, I’ve recently created a travel gallery, so you can easily access all my guides – I can’t wait to create more destinations!


I’m SUCH a sucker for a natural leather clutch, jussst the right size for all the important things. As part of the launch my second collection of DIY kits in collaboration with Wander and Hunt,  I recently made a video with my friend Luke showing you how to craft a leather clutch. As I mention in the video, working with leather has always scared me a little bit, but the minimalist construction of this clutch will have you feeling like a pro in no time! This is a design I created from scratch using the most gorgeous blush coloured thick leather, and I’m excited to share it with you by way of Wander and Hunt. Oh, and did I mention international shipping is completely free for the holidays? Yay!

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As you can see I’ve been having fun experimenting with video, such a fun medium! Although I can’t help feeling like each one is a study in my rising inflection studded Aussie accent…

You need:

Or buy the kit here (yay for free shipping!).

How to:

1. Cut out the leather into the envelope shape as shown above. Mine was roughly 34cm x 27cm.

2. Add the holes using the hole puncher.

3. Fold the clutch together, with the two sides flaps first and then the bottom flap over the top.

4. Secure it with the studs.

5. Add the final stud as the button that closes the clutch.

6. Press down the top hole onto the button stud to secure. Voila!

DIY Leather clutch (2)

Video shooting and editing: Luke Casey (find him on insta here!)


When I was growing up my dream job was to be Catroina Roundtree from Getaway (a super cheesy Australian travel show), being paid to travel the globe, reporting from the pool on the quality of the view and the cocktails, which, in my fantasy, were always standout (bikinis, cosmos and sunsets – clearly the holy trinity of travel shows). Although I never quite landed Cat’s hosting gig, I do feel lucky to get to travel quite a bit for work, go to places I’ve never been and see things I would never see otherwise.

One thing I’ve come to realise is that travel shows usually depict the act of travelling as perfect for every moment, when in reality it’s more of a ‘the good, the bad and the ugly’ type of situation (something we all understandably prefer to gloss over on instagram – what Bali Belly?). I guess that’s why I’ve always loved hotels so much, your own little sanctuary in the middle of a busy city where you can relax and unwind. However, as most of you probably know, often times hotels have their own faults, things that could be done better to make your trip juuuuust right. I have to admit to being one of those annoying people that always fill out hotel feedback forms in major detail and write long reviews on Trip Advisor when I leave, bed softness, blind darkness etc etc etc. Clearly in my own small way I’m a hotel critic after all (haha). For that reason I’m pretty excited to be working with Marriott Hotels for the next couple of months on their Travel Brilliantly campaign, collaborating to gather ideas informing future upgrades to their hotels. We recently got together to bring you some of my ideas for how they could help me to travel brilliantly, you can view the video on the Travel Brilliantly page, or click on the image below.

a pair and a spare x marriott hotels

As part of the campaign, Marriott Hotels and I are hosting a competition asking you to put forward ideas about how they could help you Travel Brilliantly - be it fluffy pillows, almond milk in the fridge or one of those Cher from Clueless style dressing systems that matches your short suits for you (imagine that!!). By submitting your ideas online, you’ll be in the running to win some super fun Marriott travel prizes (because in the end, what’s better than travel?). Simply enter your ideas by mid November to be in the draw – the more imaginative and out there the better!

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Video development and styling: me
Shooting and editing: Luke Casey
Photography Assistant: Monika Kolon