travel, travel memories

What Do You Bring Home from Your Travels?

There’s a scene in the movie Titanic in which Rose, as an old lady, is shown in her home, surrounded by many treasures she has acquired over her lifetime of adventure and travel. Seeing the unusual lamps, fabrics, and beads made a real impression on me. I decided right there and then that I wanted to have a similar collection. Since that time, I’ve made a point of buying souvenirs that I can use – or at least see – on a daily basis. That way I get to relive my travel adventures whenever I use this belt or that plate.

I’ve still got a long way to go to get a collection like Rose from Titanic had, but I’m committed to continuing to build it!

As you can see, not all souvenirs need to be costly or even all that imaginative – you just have to keep your eyes pealed for things that fit your everyday needs. And when the item wears out? Well, you’ll just have to go on another trip to replace it!

Street vendors in Arizona and New York sold me these pieces of jewelry.
Street vendors in Arizona and New York sold me these pieces of jewelry.
This beautiful picture was purchased from St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City. Cost? About $12. Frame was about $20.
This beautiful picture was purchased from St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City.
Warning: this poster from Italy was a weird size and framing it was not cheap.
Warning: this poster from Italy was a weird size and framing it was not cheap.
Probably the most economical souvenir (after postcards), magnets populate the outside of my refrigerator and get seen numerous times a day.
Probably the most economical souvenir (after postcards), magnets on a refrigerator and get seen numerous times a day.

The best souvenirs are memories, of course. The second best are photographs and videos. But these items pictured here solidly occupy third-place on the must-have list, in my opinion. What about you? Do you have any strategies for your souvenirs?

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