Do you find yourself able to justify your purchases easier while traveling? My favorite souvenir is always the memory and a photograph to go along with it. But sometimes it's fun to collect something that gives life to that travel memory.
We once traveled home from Jamaica with a large carving of a wooden elephant because it was cute. It was so "cute" the flight attendant had to find a "special location" closet for it in first class. I once purchased a light up Eiffel tower because well, "when in Paris?". And in Alaska, I somehow made it home with some fur.
I came home from those trips (and many more) and wondered how my travel brain justified those purchases.
Fast forward several years, and we now have two simple traditions when it comes to vacation souvenirs.
Our first favorite thing to look for is patches. What I like about collecting patches is it's essentially clutter free, takes up no room in your luggage, and it's part of an ongoing decor project that our family enjoys looking over. They are very easy to find at any souvenir shop, museum or point of interest. Every National/state park will have these at their visitor center. We started this project just a few years ago, so a lot is missing, but it's been a simple project that tells the story of us.
Hats. I categorize hats as a need, so this easily justifies the purchase when traveling. When we head out to the lake or any adventure, we grab 6 hats. We can never have enough hanging around, tucked in cars, bags etc. BUT, my favorite part about these hats is that when we put them on it causes us to reminisce that location and memory.
The past few times we've visited National parks I've been eyeing these beautiful National Parks print art? I think hanging a collection of your favorite parks would be such a fun way to tell the story of your travels. Here are a few of our favorites:
What type of souvenirs do you come home with?