Whenever I travel, I bring a piece of that place with me. I regard experiences as a higher order of souvenir that exists. However little materialistic items, ranging from $.50 to $10 doesn’t hurt.
Souvenirs (range from $5 to $50) are great items to purchase abroad without having to go through a big customs line on arrival.
Here is a list of souvenirs that I usually collect during my travels
Fridge Magnets are a great souvenir to collect and keep. Prices for fridge magnets range from $3.99 to $7.99. I pick up unique images or iconic images of the city that I visit.
The fridge magnets hang on the fridge door, when I arrive home.
Fridge Magnets can be easily found in any local gift shops, souvenir shop, etc.
Post-cards are lovely souvenirs to keep. It occupies very little space and also costs less than a dollar.
I collect and keep them in a binder. Another option is to use traditional photo albums and storing the cards.
Coffee Mugs are great collectibles too. Most mugs range from $5 to $10 a piece. I keep some mugs in my bookcase and some I use everyday! Coffee in San Francisco Mug keeps me happy 🙂
Photographs are immense source of travel memories. People take a lot of pictures of the iconic bridge or building, but always remember to take lots of pictures of you and your loved ones in a new city. Your pictures in a new city will be your treasured memories forever and a source of stories for future generations .
In the pictures above ~ Elvis Presley and me in Las Vegas Strip. Slipping a drink with the Golden Gate Bridge in the backdrop.
Knick – Knacks
Sometimes I also collect showpiece items or knick -knacks like the London Telephone Booth, Indian Auto-rickshaw, Las Vegas Paris Hotel
Prices of such items range from $8 to $25
Coins and Currency
Coins and currency left over from a trip can be collected as souvenirs. I consider them as free souvenirs.
You can collect and store them in coin jars or coin albums ~ neatly labeled with the country’s name.
I love collecting key-chains. Sometimes I buy 2 (of the same city) – one for regular usage and one as keepsake. I have a box full of key-chains. Sometime in the future, I plan on getting a cork board and clipping all key-chains to it.
These are my favorite list of souvenirs that I normally collect. What do you collect in your travels?