Travel Souvenirs

By ebonytravelers | Jun 9, 2021

I've spent more than half of my life traveling. Through the years, I have amassed my share of travel souvenirs. My collection has ranged from T-shirts, magnets, coffee mugs, keychains, art, and furniture. Having also lived as an ex-pat, moving with your collection of souvenirs can be a hassle. Now I prefer a photographic memory or a small trinket that evokes special memories. Here are my thoughts on travel souvenirs.

You can find magnets almost everywhere you travel. For novice travelers, they can be a great souvenir from your travels. They can also be a great way to keep track of all your destinations. However, magnets can soon overwhelm the spaces you are displaying if you are or become a prolific traveler.

Destination coffee mugs are another excellent travel souvenir. However, they are fragile and take up a bit more room when packing. Like magnets, they can also become overwhelming as you can only use them sparingly. Choosing your morning coffee mug often becomes a chore when you have so many choices.

T-shirts are one of my favorite travel souvenirs, and I still collect them everywhere I go. Like magnets and coffee mugs, they too can become overwhelming. However, I have started creating T-shirt blankets and throws. These allow me to keep the memories the tees invoke close to me in a much more visible way.

Art is a great souvenir, but getting it home can be a challenge. As a souvenir, art requires much more thought than handheld souvenirs. It usually has to go with your home d├ęcor, and you need space for display. Packing art to carry home can also be a challenge as it often does not fit into your luggage, so transporting it can be a hassle.

Furniture is a great way to bring memories of a place with you. As a travel souvenir, however, like art, it is a thoughtful investment. Furniture usually requires shipping to your final destination, and often the costs can be prohibitive. But it will be a cherished memento that you will have for many years.

Whether a novice or expert traveler, I encourage everyone to grab a travel souvenir. It not only supports but can be a great way to keep your travel lust strong. Do you collect travel souvenirs? What are they? I'd like to know.

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Written by ebonytravelers
Hi, I'm a life traveler who continues to explore the world! My travel tips are from my mature, lived experience being an ex-pat and 23 years as an international flight attendant.

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