Souvenirs Worth Bringing Home
Embroidered sombreros and traditional dresses are alluring souvenirs when you’re on location in somewhere new. There’s a whole industry that’s dedicated to turning out kitschy souvenirs that tourists just can’t “live without.” But, chances are once you arrive home you’ll be scratching your head and wondering, why in the world did I buy this? It’s ok, we all have done it. But the next time you’re visiting somewhere new consider these souvenirs instead.
Women might get more use out of this suggestion than men but jewelry is generally a good item to pick up, if it’s something you would regularly wear. Know what gemstones or metals the country or region you’re visiting is known for and pick out those items. The key here is to get something you wouldn’t be able to get somewhere else and to choose a style you’ll wear once you’re home. These pieces are good conversation starters and will always remind you of the trip.
Specialty Food and Drinks
Lots of people like to bring something home for their family or friends. An “I Love Cozumel, Mexico” t-shirt isn’t going to mean much to someone who never actually visited that place. But, who doesn’t love food or a bottle of wine? You’ll want to research what you can and can’t bring back to the country, and what you can bring but need to declare. Chocolates, locally produced desserts, honey, wine, juices, etc. are great ideas that you can share back home. Invite your loved ones over after your return to enjoy the treats you’ve returned with and catch up.
Artwork/ Street Artwork
Lots of people rely on postcards to capture images of the location they’ve visited but take things one step further by seeking out and purchasing street art. Nearly everywhere in the world artists set up outside famous scenes and sell their artwork – often capturing city scenes. These small pieces are generally inexpensive and are very easy to transport – taking up almost no space or weight. When you return home, they can be framed inexpensively and remain with you for many years to come.
Products that Area is known for
When you visit a country that exports leather goods around the world it makes sense that leather goods would be on your list of things to seek out. You’ll be able to pick up items for a fraction of their cost at home because they won’t have gone through the export process. Just like with other souvenirs you shouldn’t buy goods just because. Buy the things you’ll use!
Now that you have some ideas of things to pick up here are a few items you should leave behind. Don’t buy anything you’ll never pick up or use again. This includes cheap knick knacks that will find their way to the back of your closet. Also avoid buying local clothing. That Korean kimono was to die for and you had to have it. But, how many times are you really going to wear it back home? Don’t purchase items that you would wear in the vacation destination but would never wear once you leave.
Do you have a travel souvenir that you are grateful to have purchased while on vacation? Share with others so we have a better understanding of what is worth of suitcase space.