When I travel I know there’s a limited amount of space for bringing home keepsakes. Whatever fits into a suitcase beyond what I brought with me is what I have to work with. Oh, and my oversized purse and a tote bag. And other bags from things I bought at the airport. So there are lots of opportunities to bring home souvenirs and other important items such as chocolate. But I already know that chocolate won’t make it through the plane trip, much less all the way home.
This is about some of the collections I’ve started from souvenirs from different trips. One is an assortment of coin purses from places I’ve visited. They have unique designs or patterns that are meaningful, such as these from France and Portugal. And I keep leftover coins of different currencies in them in anticipation of a future trip.
I collect calendars for the next year when I travel. This year I’ve been enjoying my calendar featuring various châteaux from the Loire Valley from my trip to France, and next year I’ll have several calendars that I bought when I was in Italy this past spring. Sometimes the pictures on the calendars are postcards, which is great because I really like postcards.
Some of my favorite keepsakes are shoes, scarves, and jewelry. I think Venice is one of the best places to get all of these, and I frequently wear my Venetian glass bracelets. So I’ll keep making space in my suitcase to start new travel collections.