Welcome to June’s Travel Link Up!
This month is all about travel souvenirs – like them, love them or loathe them – you can’t travel somewhere without picking up SOMETHING from the country you’re in.
I mean come on you might NEVER COME HERE AGAIN/ SEE IT ANYWHERE ELSE/ IT’S A ONCE IN A LIFETIME BUY! Luckily I’ve now grown out of this mindset (unless of course it is a genuinely unique item…).
I used to buy all kinds of crap for family and friends as a kid on my summer holibobs. You name it, I’ve bought it – from snow globes with camels in, necklaces with friends names in, multi-coloured sand in a bottle (OMGTHATSAMAZINGHOWDOTHEYDOTHAT!?!). Yeah, the real tacky stuff.
Nowadays, most of my trips are small city breaks and I tend to only take hand luggage with me to save on baggage costs. I still get souvenirs for people, but these tend to be set, small and inexpensive items that I get friends, family and even as keepsakes for myself. It makes the whole souvenir shopping ordeal much less hassle and MOST places tend to have shops with what I’m looking for, which saves me so much time trapsing in and out of tacky touristy souvenir shops.
My Souvenir List for trips is as follows:
Me and my two best girlfriends are known as the spoons. I think this ‘spoon’ reference came about a few years ago and we were talking about who of us would be where if we were to spoon each other. So I’m little spoon, Charlie is middle spoon and Kyli is big spoon. Cheesy? Pretty. It’s just something that’s stuck with the three of us – we even have spoon tattoos. Yeah, commitment! Since this spoon thing came about, travel souvenirs became so much easier to buy for them! Whenever any of us go somewhere without the other spoons, we bring back a spoon for eachother. Above is my collection so far – including the wooden travelling spoon Middle made for me when I went on my 5 month round-the-world trip in 2013. So sweet!
These are something I tend to get for myself. I try and avoid the tacky keychains and buy ones that are sturdy and practical, like this one from Venice with a bottle opener on the end. It sure has come in handy!
I don’t tend to send postcards anymore – but instead I keep them in my travel memories box. It’s a nice reminder of the places I’ve been and again, small and light enough to fit plenty in hand luggage!
What do you tend to collect on your travels? Anything similar, completely different or totally unique – I’d love to know!
Are you a keen traveller like myself? You can get involved in the monthly travel link up too!
Till next time!