Do You Have A Go-To Souvenir?

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I'm a big fan of souvenirs: objects that remind you not only of where you were, but of who you were when you were there. When you bring mementos home from your travels, are they always the same type of thing, even if they couldn't be more different?

Caitlin Freeman, author of Modern Art Desserts, told Afar "When travelling, we love to pick up jams and jellies for our breakfasts back home. They transport well, it’s a good way to bring home unusual flavors from faraway lands, and a great reason to explore markets."

New York Times readers sent in photos of their favorite souvenirs, including collections of heart-shaped pebbles, beach sand, and earrings brought home from around the world. 

As I mentioned a while back, I've started treating myself to beautifully printed photos of my travels. It started with the Tuscan Souvenir Ceilings from my trip to Italy last summer, and now I'm having a print made on watercolor paper of one of my favorite pictures from my very first trip to New York City this past spring. It's not like I wouldn't pick up an object if I happened to find the perfect thing, but usually all the travel excitement leaves little time for shopping. Secondly, I don't have to deal with lugging things home for myself, leaving more room in my luggage for gifts for loved ones. Third, money is definitely tight while travelling, so printing a photo for myself later gives me some time to save up some money for the splurge.

What's your favorite thing to pick up on your travels?

(Image: Tess Wilson)