Souvenirs — Ideas on What to Bring Back When You Travel the World

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Souvenirs — Ideas on What to Bring Back When You Travel the World

When souvenir shopping, think outside the box. Photo: Trekearth.com

When you leave home for a trip, your senses get a kick exploring new sights and sounds. Bring something meaningful back with you to remember the journey forever. Souvenirs are such that: keepsakes that allow you to relive the experience again and again. It’s become such an important part of traveling, that mass-produced objects are available everywhere, including the airport for last minute obligatory buys for friends and family. But souvenirs don’t need to be bought at a run of the mill tourist trap, try finding everyday items locally that represent your experiences and the people you met along the way. We have five great ideas for souvenirs you can’t wait to bring home.

Worldly Flavors

Souvenirs — Ideas on What to Bring Back When You Travel the World

Gorgeous spices can be found at outdoor markets in Istanbul. Photo: Curbly.com

Bring home a rainbow of spices in your carry-on. Aside from taking little space in your luggage, toting regional ingredients home will add a little something extra to home cooking. You can relive that trip abroad every time you used those exotic smokey flavors.

Area Artwork

Souvenirs — Ideas on What to Bring Back When You Travel the World

Local artists in Argentina show off their latest work. Photo: Thejetpacker.com

When traveling, pop into small galleries and large art markets to get a sense of the local art scene. Prints from art museums are nice, but a small painting or pencil drawing from an area artist has more personality. You also have the added perk of getting to know the local talent behind the work.

Global Glossies

Souvenirs — Ideas on What to Bring Back When You Travel the World

Japanese magazines are filled with eye candy. Photo: Traciholic.tumblr.com

Pick up a few magazines and flip through the local culture. Magazines and periodicals travel well. Next time you’re in an international hotspot, buy a stack of glossies you’ll want to page through again and again.

Secondhand Treasures

Souvenirs — Ideas on What to Bring Back When You Travel the World

Secondhand shops in Germany house local treasures. Photo: Travelmuse.com

When in Rome (or anywhere else) do as the locals do— shop secondhand. Rummage through a vintage shop and you’re sure to find unique goods. Every time you wear that scarf, you’ll have a great story and the memory of shopping where the locals shop.

Worldwide Weaving

Souvenirs — Ideas on What to Bring Back When You Travel the World

The Inca peoples in Peru weave beautiful textiles. Photo: Audleytravel.com

Celebrate the handcrafted skills of a region by buying textiles. Handmade blankets and rugs made from natural materials are a great souvenir to bring home. You’ll remember your trip to Peru fondly every time you curl up with a brightly colored throw.

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Souvenirs — Ideas on What to Bring Back When You Travel the World

Kitschy souvenirs are everywhere. Photo: Philippinebeaches.net

Souvenirs — Ideas on What to Bring Back When You Travel the World

The Inca peoples in Peru weave beautiful textiles. Photo: Audleytravel.com

When you’re trekking across the globe, what mementos do you pick up to remember your travels?

 
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  • Vanessa Londono

    That sounds lovely, Anita! How do you display the pins at home? Christmas ornaments are a great souvenir or even small items you could hang as ornaments on the tree.

  • Anita Nobile

    I collect pins (pin badges).  They are small, usually available at a variety of locations, inexpensive, easy to transport and easy to display.  We also try to bring back an ornament for our Christmas Tree from where ever we travel too, local or far.  For our kids, we usually look for things that relate to some interest of theirs or something particular to the locale we’re traveling too. 

  • Anita Nobile

    I collect pins (pin badges).  They are small, usually available at a variety of locations, inexpensive, easy to transport and easy to display.  We also try to bring back an ornament for our Christmas Tree from where ever we travel too, local or far.  For our kids, we usually look for things that relate to some interest of theirs or something particular to the locale we’re traveling too.