Written by the husband, AKA The Blond.
Some years ago when Gaia and I were planning a trip to Paris we had a simple agenda: walk the city, eat pastry, smell perfume, dine on fine vegetarian cuisine. Of course, there is no Paris guide for veg fragonerds on Amazon, so I ended up spending hours surfing and collecting addresses and putting them in Google maps (Perfume Stores, Vegetarian Restaurants). In case you've been wondering, finding Perfume is a lot easier than fine Vegetarian food. These maps served us well and I do the same thing now when we travel (Montreal, for example).
Youtuber Frunkinator (Twitter: @ScentTrails) took it several steps further. He launched a new site called Scent Trails that enlists our collective knowledge to make life easier for scent lovers on the go.
Allowing and encouraging people and retailers around the world to share address and information about perfume stores, the site now has over 500 locations and growing. You can use the interactive map of the world to research destinations or search for a city /zip code. Each location offers information like store hours, brands sold and shop website link. Scent Trails also lets people add fragrance related events and can be a great place to check on what’s happening in your neck of the woods or at your travel destination.
From a brief exploration, NYC looks very complete while the Paris map needs some TLC (calling all Parisians!); this is the beauty of crowd sourcing, as Scent Trails will get better over time with our ongoing contributions.
Thanks, Frunkinator, for the great initiative. It will save me hours planning our upcoming London trip.