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Why We Love Souvenir Collections

 
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Do you love to collect the same type of souvenir from every place you travel to? You're not alone– whether it's a collection of badges, paintings, Starbucks city mugs or even musical instruments, collections are popular with travelers. What is it about the compulsion to collect?
 

For starters, collections answer the question, “what should I bring back.” It also can be a fun challenge to seek out the same type of item in every destination. Collections also often look better clustered together back home than a single items.  Imagine a lonely snow globe sitting on a shelf versus a collection of globes of varying sizes and shapes.  What might look tacky on its own can be made into an artful display.

 
Check out our favorite souvenir collections in our archives below.

 

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Souvenir Collection: Shopping for Sneakers Around the World

Today’s guest post comes courtesy of friend and blogger Sofie of WonderfulWanderings.com Do you know that feeling when your feet are absolutely comfortable, bouncing off the ground without feeling any of the knobs or bumps in the road. When your toes can breathe but are never cold. When your heels remain undamaged throughout the day. […]

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A Backpacker’s Amazing Collection of Teeny Tiny Souvenirs from 14 Countries

Are you one of those people who travel light, with just a backpack or small carry on? Your clothes tightly rolled, every available crevice and pocket taken? You skip right past all markets and shops, convinced there is no way you have room for any souvenirs. Light packers, you no longer have any excuses! I […]

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Collecting Souvenir Patches and Badges around the World

Souvenir Patches: A Colorful Collection When I saw first saw Daniel Daugherty’s souvenir collection of patches and badges from around the world, I was immediately intrigued by them and asked if I could feature them here. Then it hit me why I was so drawn to Daniel’s patch-covered bag– it reminded me of my beloved […]

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Starbucks City Mug Souvenirs: Traveling the World over Morning Coffee (a Reader’s Collection)

When reader and fellow blogger Sue mentioned she collected souvenir Starbucks mugs as she traveled, I’d never heard of the mugs and had no idea how popular they are.  While Sue collects mugs strictly for the memories, I learned that others collect Starbucks mugs like beanie babies, trading them on the secondary market and bidding […]

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