While I was in San Francisco, my friend Dawn showed me one of the ways she uses a small Moleskine Reporter’s Notebook while she is traveling. Often, if she meets someone new, she hands them the notebook and asks that they write anything they want in it. It could be long or short. Just their name or their life story. Anything they want.
I found it a neat idea. Similar to the notebook-as-greeting-card idea that I linked to a while back. Other people get to write themselves into your story. And you get to take away something personal and tangible to remember them with.