Travel Souvenirs and Memorabilia
Traveling is the best thing we can do for ourselves. It heals our soul, it calms our busy minds and rejuvenates our body. I, personally, enjoy traveling and try to do it as often as can and afford. I’ve been to lots of places and remembering them all can sometimes be a tricky task for my ever-active brain. Therefore, I’m very fond of travel souvenirs and memorabilia that can easily take me back to the places and moments I want to always remember.
I honestly love my travel souvenirs and collect various types of them. Obviously, I have some preferred things like fridge magnets, but sometimes I like to try new ideas and experiment with sand in small bottles or mini sugar bags.
Since I want to share with you more than just where I’ve been and what I’ve seen, I decided to dedicate this blog post on travel souvenirs i.e. various types of travel souvenirs I collect and share some photos of my favorite ones. Hopefully, I will give you some ideas what to buy on your next trip or even inspire you to start a collection of travel souvenirs from all your previous travels.
Fridge magnets are my all time favorite. I’ve been collecting these ever since I was a teenager and even though they may be a bit of a cliché, I love my colorful fridge. It’s just great to be reminded of all the wonderful places you’ve visited every time you take a walk to the fridge.
What kind of fridge magnets do I prefer? Well, I can’t say really. I used to buy the old-fashioned clay fridge magnets, but now I’m very fond of those thin ones that look like stickers. It all depends on the design really and when I fall in love with a fridge magnet I don’t care about the price. Some of my personal favorites are the ones from the Bavarian Castles, Erice and Petralona Cave.
This type of travel souvenirs is also widely known and popular. After all, in any souvenir shop, you’ll find a stand with fridge magnets and postcards. These are often cheap, so you can buy multiple of them, as well as easy to pack and collect. They don’t generally take up a lot of space and you can place them in a photo album or in a box. One of the cool ways to boast with your postcards from all around the world is to put them in fancy frames and hang them on the wall.
When I was younger I really loved buying keychains; however, it didn’t take long to understand that these may not be the most practical travel souvenirs since you can’t really wear 10 different keychains at the same time. Therefore, they end up forgotten in a box or a drawer. So, if you go for a keychain, I’d recommend buying one of your absolute favorite places and have it on your keys forever.
Tickets, Maps, Pamphlets
Those travelers that love museums, castles and other sights for which they pay tickets can easily keep these tickets as travel memorabilia. I have a special folder where I keep these things and from time to time I enjoy going through them. I also have some mini tourist maps from some places that have their main sights on them. These, alongside pamphlets, are lovely things to own as travel souvenirs; plus, they can also be put in frames and serve as wall decorations to remind you of wonderful times.
Sand, Water, Seashells, Stones
This is a great idea for travelers that love sandy beaches and crystal-clear seas. It looks awesome to have mini bottles in which you collect sand from all the gorgeous beaches you’ve seen; you can label the bottles and display them on a shelf to always inspire you to plan your next trip.
This works with water too. When it comes to seashells and stones, it’s a bit complicated to label them. However, I have a jar in which I place seashells and stones from beaches all around the world. I don’t exactly know where they all come from, but they certainly help me relax when I remember stunning sunsets, calm waters and sunny days.
I’m not a fan of shot glasses as travel souvenirs because they can be easily broken during the trip or even at home for that matter. Plus, I prefer things that don’t take up so much space. Nevertheless, these can turn into a great collection of which you can be really proud of. So, if you have a dedicated space to display them, I think you should go for it.
Well, those are my favorite travel souvenirs and some ideas young travelers could use. Believe me, when you get older you’ll love these precious memorabilia that will take you back to the times when you were having fun and enjoying life so deeply.
So, what travel souvenirs do you collect? Do you even purchase these things or prefer having the memories in your head and heart only?