I have never been one to bring back souvenirs or keepsakes from trips. The inspiration for today’s blog was the recent failure of a key chain that has been with me for 18 years, I think that’s how long it has been give or take a year. It is a poker chip keychain I brought back from my first visit to Las Vegas. I’ve had it so long, it had very little meaning for me day to day, it was just a functional device that I never really thought about. In the last few days, as I’ve thought about it more, it has brought back memories of my younger days and visiting Las Vegas a few times for a few days of fun in the sun.
When we travel now, we do so very light, with very little luggage or room to bring home souvenirs. We allow our eight year old one souvenir from each country or significant place we visit and he is getting a very nice modest collection on his shelf. He also has several keychains hanging from the zippers on his school bag.
My wife has collected spoons since long before I met her. It works well as a collection as spoons take up very little room as well. We have so many spoons, now they are piling up if they don’t quite fit in the spoon racks we have.
We also just received our first print we had made of our travel photos and think that we will get more created in the future. Perhaps these prints can by my souvenirs?
Lately I find myself more and more wanting to collect souvenirs from my journeys but I am struggling to determine what would be appropriate souvenirs from my travels.
Any suggestions? Do you collect souvenirs from your travels? If so why and if not, why not?
Please discuss in the comments below.