I have at least one drawer at home that’s filled with travel souvenirs. There are postcards, maps, museum floor plans, and pamphlets that I’ve brought back from trips. I always bring more of these things home than I realize, and when I had a quick look recently there were postcards from (among other places) Seattle, Paris, and Brussels stacked together. I started to review to see if there was anything that could be thrown away. Since this would be difficult I sorted things by country. At least that way if there were duplicates I could keep the one in better condition.
I make all my reservations with one airline to accumulate frequent flyer miles, and occasionally something unexpected – and exciting – happens. This includes finding out the day before a flight that I’ve gotten an upgrade to first class! When I print out the boarding pass there’s a new seat assignment with a number like 2a or 3b. Of course this doesn’t happen too often. Normally if I ask the gate agent at the airport about first class seating I hear something like “You’re number 14 on the waiting list.” Which means there’s no chance of it happening.
Here’s something I do to save money for trips that started when I brought some coin banks home from a visit to England. These little banks were originally containers for caramels and shortbread that came in the shapes of double-decker buses and post boxes. Once the treats were gone, I made a display of them at home. But then I thought: why not use them to save money? I started using one of them to keep the extra coins I’d brought home from England. I reasoned this would give me some starter money to use on my next trip there.
An opportunity to buy a piggy bank happened when I was in Switzerland. I saw a really cheerful one and thought I could use it for the Swiss francs I didn’t spend. At this point I decided to build a collection of banks. And I might mention that they also make nice souvenirs!
So now I fill them with extra coins I’m saving toward future trips (this includes shopping trips). It works well for me.
It was a sunny afternoon in August, and the line of people waiting to board was shortest for the boat from Westminster Millennium Pier to Greenwich. I thought it would be interesting to take a boat ride on the Thames to see London landmarks from a different perspective. Right away I could see the London Eye (a large Ferris wheel), and it was imposing from the water. If you watched it closely, you could see it moving very slowly.