If you travel a lot, you must be inclined to collecting souvenirs from the places youve had during your trip.
Souvenirs, however, dont sold in tourist shops always. They are either cheap or free, yet can evoke your senses and memories and will make you feel the excitement of globetrotting over and over again.
1. Natural elements
Instead of buying knick knacks like magnets and figurines that mimic the beauty of the area, why not take home a piece of the area?
Great souvenirs are all around you, and the best part is they are free. When you step out of your hotel room for a walk, look feathers, and other pieces that will have more meaning once you leave the place.
A lot of travelers, especially those who love visiting beaches, collect sands from different beaches of different countries or regions. They put the sand in clear glass jars, vials, and bottles, and labels birds, or a cup of the salty waters of the Dead Sea.
Aside from collecting dirt, another cheap souvenir from the country is its currency.
Yes, keep those excess bills and coins from each country you visit before you can even use it for unnecessary spending. Of course, it would be more practical to collect the ones with the low denomination. Put the coins in a bowl or jar, make a collage out of the paper bills, or simply frame them to remind you of your great adventures during your visit.
3. Artworks from local artisans
Carvings, paintings, figurines, jewelry, and other precious artworks made by their local artisans should be part of your must-have souvenirs. Were not talking about the expensive, museum-worthy pieces but the cheaper but original ones. Take home something you would evoke your emotions and thirst for interpretation.
Aside from visual arts, it would be nice to collect pieces that could stimulate your other senses like distinct fragrances and authentic music. Bring home perfumes or scented candles to remind you of the countryre a music lover, you can collect tapes, albums, music sheets, or folk musical instruments that represent the country best, and display them on your world travel gallery.
4. A Variety of Spices
Tasting the countrys finest cuisine is one of the best ways you can connect to their local culture. Unfortunately, you cannot bring home the authentic dishes you had from the country you visited. You can only bring the soul of their dishes - their spices.
Grab a handful of spices, dried herbs, condiments, and other dry and non-perishable foods. You have an advantage if cooking is your cup of tea since you can easily replicate the dishes. If you have no plans of cooking them, you can have a snippet of these spices and foods and display them creatively in your gallery by putting them in glass containers and letting them add color to your space.
5. Reading materials
Collect local newspapers, magazines, and other reading materials even if you canwill also remind you of the current time and event during your visit. It will also be ideal to collect locally published dictionaries.
6. Local market goodies
If you want to get the best out of your visit, skip the tourist shops and visit their local markets instead. There yous heritage better.
Check out their local wines and liquor, as well as their local produce and snacks. Aside from the munchies, you can also look for their unique clothing. If you go to Southeast Asian countries, youll see garments, home decors, tableware, musical instruments, and other goodies crafted from natural elements and are often based on cultural and religious practices.
7. Those simple, everyday stuff
Maps, transit passes, movie tickets, table napkins from local restaurants, freebiesre going to showcase them. You can put it in your journal or scrapbook, or frame them like the one shown here made by the photographer Jordan Hebl.
If you canve had in your previous destination. Photographs capture scenes and places from your point of view, which makes them more personal.
A friendly tip: capture more moments, not justre alone, ask a kind tourist or local to take a photo of you in front of a landmark.
After taking photographs, print them then frame them or clip them on your journey board.
Author Bio:Holiday Inn Parramatta Accommodation, a modern hotel in Western Sydney known for their exceptional accommodation, service, and location, which appeals to travelers in Australia. She has always been passionate about giving in to her wanderlust and collecting mementos from different places.