Have you ever tackled great pre-holidays house cleaning only to discover dozens of useless souvenirs brought from a journey and forgotten soon after? If you ever had to declutter your house from too many unnecessary stuff you surely know what I’m talking about. But.. next time when you are traveling, you think you just have to buy something to remind you of this awesome place you’re visiting. It’s not possible to come back home without travel souvenirs!
What are the souvenirs you will not regret spending money on after you’re back to ‘reality’?
Check out this post for list of
THE BEST TRAVEL SOUVENIRS:
Ok, I may be an jewelry addict, I confess! But I wear all of the pieces I brought from various parts of the world. Wooden bracelets from South Africa, necklace made of Berber silver bought in Egypt or earrings carved from the coconut shell from Dominican Republic. They never get unnoticed and on many occasions they were a perfect pretext to start a travel story. – Wow, where did you buy those earrings?, – Oh, you know.. when I was visiting this market in…
CRAFTS & ART
From this post you already know that one of the best ways to buy something original and support local communities is visiting workshops of local artists. You can buy crafted kitchenware, wooden ornaments, jewelry (yes, total addict I know) or accessories. I personally collect handmade wooden masks from all over the world. They certainly add original, exotic vibe to my apartment design.
You surely have a memory of the most delicious dish you tried while traveling. Maybe it’s a fragrant and hot curry you tried from the street stand or this perfect italian pasta you had in Rome. Whatever it is why not try and recreate this awesome dish when you are back home. To do that you’re surely gonna need original spices.
I brought some sundried cherry tomatoes from Florence, Lavender honey from Provence, curry and turmeric powder from Sri Lanka. Just make sure that spices you buy are sealed, so their properties and fragrance are preserved.
BOTTLE OF LOCAL ALCOHOL
Italian Chianti, Greek Ouzo, Rum from St. Martins or Japanese Sake. It may be a great travel souvenir for yourself just as a gift from your journey to your adult friends and family. Many cultures celebrate special moments with sip of something stronger, so I’m sure you won’t have a problem to find a traditional beverage wherever you travel. Nothing brings back the memories of joyful sunny days like a shot of Caribbean Rum on a long cold winter evening back home.
ADDITIONAL TIP: Make sure to check the limits of how much alcohol you can actually bring from your travel. It will depend on the place you came from as well as your final destination.
For example limits within European Union are much higher than those that apply for people coming from outside EU.
ORIGINAL SWEETS, TEA OR COFFEE
Aim at snacks that are unavailable in your country, like Dried Mangosteen from Thailand, Pralines with Durian from Malaysia or Coconut & Ginger Candy with Rum from Jamaica. I love bringing such original sweat treats from all around the world and sharing them with my family and friends while watching my travel pictures. Of course I wouldn’t be myself if I didn’t bring excellent Ceylon tea from Sri Lanka or premium coffee from Jamaica.
But not just usual cloths. I bet this cheap Made in China – ‘I love Miami’ T-shirt will get crammed in the bottom of your wardrobe immediately after you’re back home. I like to buy something not only original, but also useful.
If you ever have a chance to buy original handmade Batik do not hesitate! I got the shirt and pareo I’m wearing on the picture below in local Batik workshop in Sri Lanka. They are of superb quality and they survived hundreds of laundries. I only regret not buying more shirts in that place. Such original cloths are not cheap, but those money were definitely well spent.
LOCALLY MADE COSMETICS
I’ve been greatly impressed by the beautiful, thick and shiny hair of SriLankan girls. After a visit to the spice garden I’ve learned their secret. They rub their hair with the king coconut oil infused with spices like turmeric and fenugreek. Of course I had to try this magical oil and I only regretted that I didn’t buy a bigger bottle. In many exotic places people use cosmetics made of natural ingredients without unnecessary chemicals. They are not only eco-friendly, but usually also very affordable.
I hope that you find this list of the best travel souvenirs helpful. I would love to hear about interesting souvenirs you brought from your travels. Share your ideas and findings in comments.
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