I was cleaning out my office last night and I found the following contents in a box shoved way in the back of my closet: a tiny Eiffel Tower figurine, a snow globe from London and a stack of postcards from Spain. Of course, I thought it was a great idea to buy these at the time, but as you can see by where they’ve “lived” for the past decade, these souvenirs didn’t really withstand the test of time. This made me start thinking about what to look for in a souvenir. Here are my guidelines, feel free to adapt them to your priorities and shopping style.
• Do you love it? I mean really love it? Many souvenirs seem like a good idea in the heat of the moment. That’s why it’s important to ask yourself if you truly love it or if you’re buying it because it’s the thing to do (see my Eiffel Tower example above). If you really love it, and if seeing it or using it will always conjure up memories of your travels, then go for it.
• Do you have anything similar already? If you collect things, like snow globes (which I obviously don’t--- again, see above), then this guideline is moot, because the whole point of a traveler’s collection is to have similar objects from different places. However, if you’re not a collector, it’s a good idea to ask yourself if you’re buying a souvenir that’s similar to something you already have. Perhaps you’re buying precisely because it’s similar to something you already have. Which leads to the next guideline…
• Will you use it? If you purchase something that you already have, then chances are you won’t use it. I always ask myself these two questions before purchasing anything: How often will I use this? Where will I put this in my house? If I can’t answer these questions, then the purchase probably isn’t worth making.
• Is it authentic to the area? I make it a practice of buying products that are authentic to the area I’m visiting. Oftentimes, these are only things that can be purchased there, which makes them special. I enjoy meeting artisans and buying their products directly. Then I have a story to go along with my souvenir.
• Will it withstand the test of time? It’s worth reflecting and perhaps spending a bit more to make sure your souvenir will stand the test of time. When I was twenty, I traveled to Turkey. I purchased a traditional prayer rug that has moved with me a dozen times since then. Each time when I unpack it, I fondly remember my trip and the beautiful country of Turkey. I can’t imagine ever giving this rug away. This souvenir, though costly to me at the time, has withstood the test of time.
Follow us on Twitter for more great shopping tips!!
Get new posts delivered by email:
Top Travel Deals on RSS
4 Delicious European Food Museums To VisitComments: 0Rating: 0 / 0
These great museums feed your mind as well as your face!...read more
3 Ways to Celebrate Victoria Day Weekend in CanadaComments: 0Rating: 0 / 0
We've got some last-minute ideas on how to celebrate!...read more
3 Natural Wonders To Uncover in VenezuelaComments: 0Rating: 0 / 0
Whether you want to bathe in the tallest waterfall on the planet or stick an umbrella in the sands of your own private island, Venezuela delivers....read more
Tel Aviv Makes Online Access Easy and FreeComments: 1Rating: 0 / 0
It's easier than ever to use your mobile devices while visiting Israel!...read more
4 Things You Can ONLY Do in Seoul, South KoreaComments: 0Rating: 0 / 0
A trip to Seoul is unique in more ways than one!...read more
Some of the content posted herein are the views and opinions of the individual blogger's and do not represent the views and opinions of OneTravel. It may be the case that OneTravel is partnering with a particular travel supplier mentioned in a blog post, however, all views and opinions expressed herein by parties other then OneTravel are by the respective bloggers.
© 2015 W K Travel, Inc. All rights reserved. California: CST #2090295-40, Nevada: SOT #2007-0081, Iowa: SOT #883, Washington: SOT #602785938, Florida: SOT #ST38063