I don’t know about you, but when I travel I like to collect a few things each time depending on what I can find and where I am going.
First I try to find something uniquely that country’s like a Mayan Calendar when I went to Mexico or Murano Glass Jewelry when I went to Italy or the intricately detailed Chinese birdcage I bought in China. (I don’t even own a bird!!) I got my Venetian mask in Vegas!
Failing that I usually go for trinkets like a doll, jewelry box, deck of playing cards, coasters, etc. Something with character, pictures or designs from the country.
Sometimes I find a cute outfit from a boutique store like I did in Paris or Innsbruck. Sometimes I look for jewelry like the Greek Key Half-Hoop Earrings that I got in Greece. My closet gets a little more international and I feel more cosmopolitan with purchases like this instead of like a tourist.
My favorite travel souvenir right now is the authenticated Roman Glass Earrings that I purchased in Israel. They’re beautiful, elegant, and highly special to me. I see myself wearing them at my wedding.
What’s yours? What do you collect on your travels? Is it shells from the beach? Sand from each country? Pebbles from famous monuments? Tell me!