Hey there, non-basic travelers! Yes, we’re talking to you: The ones sighing in despair every time they see a travel-mate ogling overly expensive fridge magnets, caps, or snow globes. It’s time to move onward and upward with your travel souvenirs and start focusing on items that actually mean something to your trip. Here are three simple suggestions.
Postcards with a Twist
While they may sound basic, postcards are actually a classic that stands the test of time. The thing is, it’s important to choose the right one. No more mundane historic monument postcards! Opt for ones that tell a story. Look out for postcards with unusual local anecdotes, funny slang words, or an actual narrative that has to do with the places you’ve visited. When you decide to take a walk down memory lane a few years later, they’ll be there as your loyal guide.
Nothing beats the pleasure of answering “Oh, I got it at a small local shop on my last trip to Madrid” when a house guest asks about the origin of a breathtaking piece. Take advantage of being in a foreign country to diversify your home decor with local art. Try to buy from street artists or independent galleries to promise unique representations of your destination that’ll last a long time after your return.
Retro Travel Journal
You might think getting a travel journal is like, so nineties! But you couldn’t be more wrong. And what’s better than a travel journal bought while actually traveling? Don’t bring one from home – use one of your first walks in a new city to browse local stores and find one that matches your vibe. Next, all you have to do is pour your heart into its pages and let it be a timeless testimony of your adventures.