Are you the type of traveler who likes to hoard memories? Pictures and videos are great, sure, but they don’t seem to be enough.
For those who have been guilty of this, don’t feel bad. You’re not alone. We’ve been on the same road over and over and we don’t feel like stopping anytime soon.
The collection just grows bigger, and the best part about it is that it makes every one of us feel more connected somehow to that place we visited. Besides, the thing about travel souvenirs is that you don’t even have to break the bank to be able to bring home some goodies from your location.
It can be as simple as keeping a train ticket, your boarding pass, or even that flower necklace the hotel staff has given you upon your arrival. No matter what you feel like bringing home, do so.
A simple memento to remember your trip is not a waste of money and effort, but a token that will stay with you for the rest of your life.
This is why we’ve come up with a simple guide on what to buy the next time you go trotting around the globe:
1. Home magnets
Travel magnets never go out of style. They are everywhere.
If you have zero idea on what to bring home to remember your trip by, this is the easiest thing that you can snag from markets and shopping centers.
They even come in different designs. So, if you happen to have a very fond memory of a place, you can pick from a variety of magnet designs that resonate most with you. Aside from that, most magnet sizes are small enough to fit inside your carry-on. They don’t even weigh that much.
But if you plan to bring a whole bag of magnets as gifts to your family and friends back home, then you need to make space inside your luggage.
Postcards are another favorite thing to bring home to. Not only that they are light and cheap, but they can also be kept safely inside a travel album, which can instantly transport you to all the places you’ve been to.
They can also serve as a travel diary. You can write at the back of the postcard and revel at the wonderful memories you had during the trip.
If you plan to buy postcards, we suggest bringing a waterproof envelope to make sure that they are safe during transit. You don’t want a crumpled postcard the moment you arrive home.
And if you’re feeling generous, you can also send out postcards to your friends and family. Despite being away for only a couple of weeks, they’ll appreciate your gesture of remembering them while you’re out of the country.
If you’re into learning about local culture, handicrafts are a good souvenir idea. They might come in different sizes so you better be ready to transport these items back home.
The best thing about handicrafts is that they could really be a good decoration for your home. Whether it’s a matryoshka doll from Russia or a cute Japanese origami, there’s always something fascinating about these items that will make you remember what it feels like to be visiting that country.
Once you see your collection of handicrafts from different parts of the world, you would never lose that penchant for traveling.
4. Local specialty
Well, handicrafts aren’t the only thing that you can bring home as a piece of a country’s culture. Local delicacies and specialties can also be a great addition to your collection.
There are a lot of travelers who have grown curious over time about what the locals use to make their dishes more flavorful. If you want to have that same flavor back home, you can buy spices at the local market and make sure that they are sealed well to avoid spills and leaks.
However, if you’re not a fan of cooking, you can always just buy ready goods. Chocolates, crackers, chips, and pastries are usually the ones you can bring home without much of a hassle.
5. Local currency
This is another cult favorite among frequent travelers. Aside from the fact that it doesn’t cost anything at all, it can serve as a gorgeous room ornament when you put it in a jar or a frame!
You could save one bill or a couple of spare change as a souvenir. Trust me, there will be at least a couple of coins that will be left inside your carry on or your pocket when you unpack your belongings.
It’s also one great time saver, especially if you don’t have the luxury to go around and look for actual souvenirs. The local currency is good enough to help you remember that trip!
You can even make it a habit every time you go for an adventure. Who says you can only bring one souvenir every time?
6. Art pieces
This may be the priciest one among the items on this list, but it’s definitely worth it if you’re the type to collect art materials.
In fact, in some countries, street art is a common thing that if you skip buying one, you would regret it the moment you arrive home.
These pieces are fairly priced, especially for street artists who have been doing this for a living. It’s only fair that we pay them a respectable price for their talent and time.
Aside from handicrafts that you can use as decorative pieces for your house, ornaments also make a great souvenir. These are really meant to fancy up your place while giving you that piece of travel memory.
There are a lot of options that you can choose from depending on the country that you are visiting. For instance, if you visit a South African country, you can bring home Zulu ceremonial spoons and hang it on your kitchen or dining wall.
It’s really up to you what type of ornaments to purchase, as long as it causes your heart to flutter every time you see it up on your wall.
8. Shot glasses
This may sound borderline hard kill, but shot glasses are useful if you know exactly what to do with it.
Our tip? Use it as a holder for small items like keys, paper clips or hair ties. You can even use them as pots for your tiny plants. The ideas are boundless. You just have to stay creative.
You only have to be careful about packing these items when you’re heading home as it may break inside your luggage.
Now that you have ideas on what souvenirs to buy on your next trip, the other thing that you should focus on now is how to organize them properly. A wall, or if you’re really that of a hoarder, a room full of travel souvenirs will soon be the center of attraction inside your humble abode.
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