How to Travel by Scent

We tend to privilege our sense of sight, but why not be led by your nose?

This dizzying crowd of Douglas fir trees gives off a refreshing scent. (Terry W. Eggers/CORBIS)

Bedgebury National Pinetum, Britain

For a palate cleanser, travel to Bedgebury National Pinetum in Goudhurst, Britain, the world’s most complete collection of conifers. Especially in summer, there is a “dry, resinous tang to the air providing a distinctly Mediterranean feeling.” The Douglas fir tree also emits an orange fragrance, and if you go in autumn, you may smell caramel. A tree with heart-shaped leaves of pink, orange and yellow, called the Katsura tree, provides the delightful scent.


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