Ever wonder what the travelers collect from their world travels and adventures? I asked some travel bloggers of their souvenir collection. Here are some of the answers.
Stuti Shrimali of Me And My Suitcase
Souvenir is a French word which means ‘remember’ and I love to bring back a remembrance from each trip.
I love to collect currency, key chains, and fridge magnets. Besides that, I love to bring that one thing which is of importance from the place I visit. e.g. clothing, footwear, famous food item, a little sand, bookmarks, perfume or postcards.
I believe that such things not only speak a unique story but also give you an opportunity to bring a piece of culture along which you can look back at to remember everything about the last trip taken with your suitcase.
Apart from the 3 regular souvenirs which I always buy, I am planning to buy a set of playing cards as well from every new country I will visit. I intend to have 196 sets, already have 1 from my recent trip to Jordan.
Khushboo Mutihar of Munni Of All Trades
As a child, I remember that there was this particular brand of matchboxes that would always come with a joke or one-liner and I used to love reading them. I wait for my mom’s matchbox stick to get over so that I could go and pick out the next one with a new joke.
As I grew older and started exploring a little, I realized that each region would have colorful and often quirky matchboxes showcasing some aspect of the place. For example, I have this beautiful matchbox from a place called Billimora (Billi means cat in Hindi) with the cutest kittens. I have one with Taj Mahal on it, a spinning toy, a joker and so many different kinds.
These are all local brands and you have to keep your eyes open to find a pretty one. I enjoy looking going to the tiny stores while driving around a place to hunt for the next one to add to my collection. It is an adventure on its own.
Eric Mendoza of Chuboboi TV
I’m Eric Mendoza an Overseas Filipino Worker who works hard for my passion – traveling. I call myself “chuboboi” which simply means a small chubby boy! “CHUB(by)OBO(y)I”.
Aside from traveling, I love coffee! Its aroma and taste make my day very productive, and when it comes to travel it boosts my creativity in making videos and taking photos.
Collecting city coffee mugs was first introduced to me by the famous coffee shop Starbucks. At first, I only wanted to collect their mugs from every place I visit but then not all tourist spots and country has a Starbucks shop. So, since this passion of mine is really inseparable, I started to search for coffee mugs with the city or country name on it in each country I visit.
Dan Elson of IAmDanElson
I locate keyring from the interesting places I travel to. It provides me with a personal reminder of my adventures. It is small and useful especially when it’s a bottle opener. At first, I wasn’t sure what souvenirs would be a good choice due to size, and having to find some place in my backpack (space is highly limited!!) would be hard work but keyrings solve this issue! One day, these will be a reminder once stuck to a house key!!
Bands are awesome too. Small and often free from hostels or really cheap from market stalls! Again, these are small and don’t take up any room in my backpack but do the job of reminding me of the experiences I’ve had! Well worth keeping or buying in my opinion!
Richard Woodhead of Eurotreker
My aim is to visit each capital city in Europe, something I’ve always wanted to do as a young child. I’m about halfway through it now and I use public transport in every city I visit. I decided to keep all my tickets as they’re from a particular place and they’re all different in their own ways
Irina Wong of The Feedwalks
These postcards reminded me of the good times I spent traveling to different places. One way for me to remember my travels is to collect at least one postcard from each city or country. Sometimes, I even collect magnets! In this way, the memories stay longer through the postcards which feature beautiful scenic areas.
Justine Alonzo of The Iridescent Wings
I’ve been collecting postcards ever since my first trip to New York City when I was 10 years old. I probably have over 75 of them, some I’ve bought on my travels and some sent to me by friends. I’m a visual person and love photos, so a postcard is the perfect item to collect for me. They are inexpensive, can be found in every location, and display a little piece of that destination.
When I was little, I loved seeing the pressed penny take a different shape. I would always lose my coins until I finally bought an album for them. I have one album for my Disney coins and another for everything else. I have to buy another album because I filled up my “Other” album. I currently have 57 coins.
Robert Adolf of Rooting Robert
I never bought any of my souvenirs. At least the ones I consider souvenirs. Of course, I bought useful stuff like a mobile water heater in India for example. And although they are useful, they are missing the connected emotions and memories I have with my other pieces.
The orange-red scarf I got was a gift from Umesh, my Guru from Varanasi, India. It’s engraved with the Gayatri Mantra, one of the most powerful mantras in Hindu mythology, and it reminds me of the crazy times I had in Varanasi including cleaning my chakras and sharing bananas and papayas with the monkeys for breakfast in my garden hut.
The purple amulet is of Philippine origin, and normally only worn by high-rank people like politicians. I got it from a French expat called Pii Sanya in Chiang Rai who works with an NGO named OCN Thailand. Mentioned NGO is working for the development of children’s rights in Northern Thailand and I got to work with the people behind it while I was there. Amazing characters which resulted in more amazing memories. This purple amulet just reminds me of all those and furthermore simply of Thailand with it’s smiling personalities.
And last but not the least for today: the green jade mala. I got this unique souvenir from a lovely, retired Mafia Boss from Singapur who is afraid of toasters and was on vacation in Chiang Rai, Thailand. Sounds too surreal to be true right?! Well, we became really good friends and shared peanut butter (sometimes with toast) together every now and then. Sometimes we even joined together for mutual 5 am meditation at Ti Amo Guesthouse, our favorite hostel in Chiang Rai, which eventually became home.
Last but not the least,
H. & Carmen of Wellington World Travels
We love souvenirs! When I met my husband, I was shocked that there is a person with more collection than I do! I have several souvenirs that I was actually contemplating on which one to share.
My husband and I collect model airplanes, souvenir plates, fridge magnets, shot glasses, bells, paperweight, t-shirts, mugs, keychain, and figurines unique to a destination. We also collect currencies and hotel cards!
I decided to share my collection of fridge magnets. These are the magnets I have collected from my solo travels. My Mom framed them and hang it on her wall in the living room. I am actually touched. I also included my husband’s collection.
My fridge magnet collection from my solo travels
My husband’s model airplanes’ collection
We hope you enjoyed looking through our collection. Do you collect souvenirs from your travels? If yes, what are they? If not, why not? Leave us a message in the comments below.
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