Memories last long after you land, but, let's face it, cool souvenirs keep trips in the forefront of your mind . . . so neither are collecting dust! While some people choose items emblazoned with the location visited, others intentionally do not. Personally, as long as I remember where I picked it, that's good enough for me. It never hurts to plan ahead to spend smarter on your next trip.
Before you go:
- Do your homework. Researching what your destination is known for can help to settle on a souvenir. If the area is famous for a particular delicacy or craftsmanship, competition creates better deals and more selection.
- Sharpen the price point. Just as you budget out for flights, hotels, and meals, set aside money for a souvenir or come up with a spending limit. You don't want to blow all your extra cash on one thing and survive off of peanuts and pop for the rest of the trip.
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Once you arrive:
- Think finders keepers. It's not necessary to spend a ton of money on something great. For example, picking a simple shell (if permitted on the beach) can be a sweeter reminder than any costly item!
- Make yourself useful. If you need something at home, and enjoy labeled souvenirs, a potholder or mug allows you to snuggle up with trip memories once back in your own cozy kitchen.
- DIY collector's items. Picking a small, themed item to collect on each journey can give you a goal, help to set price limits, and create a collection. While my parents choose works of art, I rarely return from a trip without buying an accessory for my jewelry case!