It’s so hard to visit some place new and not want to buy something to “remember” the journey. It’s natural. And with souvenir shops on every corner in major tourist destinations, it’s hard not to wander in and think, “Oh that is cute, maybe I need it…” When you know you don’t, but you have to have it. It’s okay, we’ve all been there and we will all be there again. When you are traveling to multiple countries at once, it can be hard to get something from each country and avoid tacky street while on a budget.
Here are six different ways to collect souvenirs, mementos, and keepsakes when you are traveling to multiple countries or destinations:
Postcards are an inexpensive way to collect a keepsake from each destination you travel to, and it is also a great way to catalog your day. Every day you spend in each city or country, write and date the back of the postcard. Write about what you saw, your favorite shop, café, or somewhere you didn’t make it to and want to go back. By the end of your journey, you will have the most beautiful collection of postcards that have your personal touch.
Art on the Street:
How many of you just read that and thought huh?!?! No matter where you travel, you will find the most amazing artist selling their work on the streets or in markets. Paintings, sketches, photography, and sculptures you name it and you will be able to find it. I strongly recommend having spare money in a pocket in case you come across an artist and you want to buy their work. They are usually local and always have great advice about the city.
Magnets are small and if you are traveling to multiple countries on one trip, they are a fun option to collect. When you return home, your refrigerator will be decorated like there is no tomorrow from all of your travels.
Spoons & Thimbles:
These were some of my favorite things to look at in souvenir shops. If you want to collect something unique, space friendly, and won’t take up a lot of luggage space you should definitely consider one of these. They are so different and you can find intricate ones at markets or street sales.
I think coins are an amazing thing to collect. They are small and you can keep whatever small change you have left over from any country you visit, and Pinterest has dozens of projects dedicated to displaying coins from around the world.
When in doubt, jewelry is always a fun route to go. Finding unique pieces of jewelry on your travels in markets or small jewelry stores is always a must. You will be able to wear a little reminder of where you have been and your jewelry will be a conversation started.
Tip: If you have a Pandora bracelet or want to start one, try collecting charms on your journey. You can find charms that fit Pandora bracelets in some souvenir shops, but most shops don’t carry them anymore. Most museums have charms in their gift shops, though. Part of the fun of collecting charms is being able to find them in each city, and when you do you are pumped.
Charms I collected in London // Paris // Florence
However, if you are visiting one country, or just a few, here are some country-based souvenirs that are definitely worth spending the extra money:
Twining’s Tea from the Original Shop
Lavender Soap and Fragrances
Tip: Buy Paddington early in your trip to London and then take him to Paddington station for a photo opportunity
Twining's Tea Shop // Paddington Bear // Postcards
Art from Street Artist
Mini Eiffel Tower (Yeah, do it.)
Delft Blue “Porcelain”
Pasta. Go for the Pasta.
Tip: The best leather is in Florence, but you can get leather everywhere in Italy, so don't sweat it if you aren’t going there.
Venetian Renaissance Mask
Ceramic Painted Tiles
A wool Scottish Scarf for every outing // Market In Venice // Tiles in Portugal
Opals / Opal Jewelry
Glass Greek Eye
Greek Mythological Sculptures, Plates, Vases, etc.
xx A Traveler's Bliss
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