souvenir en-US The Best (Inexpensive) Souvenirs <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-best-inexpensive-souvenirs" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="" alt="Souvenir shop" title="Souvenir shop" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>As a rule, we don’t buy souvenirs for their usefulness. A t-shirt from the Hard Rock Café or a shell sculpture from Hawaii isn’t going to increase your productivity — in fact, dusting it may just make your life that much harder. But souvenirs are good things to have: they’re meant to remind us of the amazing experiences we’ve had. Your souvenir doesn’t need to be useful or productive. </p> <p>As you travel, there are many options for meaningful yet inexpensive souvenirs, which I like because that means I can save up and travel again that much faster. Personally, I also try to find souvenirs that I’ll have the opportunity to see in my day to day life, so that I have the benefit of my happy memories every time I put on a piece of clothing or walk by a pretty picture on my wall.</p> <p><strong>Use your camera.</strong> I take as many photos as I can when I travel. And, while I get plenty of shots of the local sites, I also make a point of taking photos of the people I travel with and the friends I make along the way. After I get home, I don’t let my photos languish in a scrapbook. Instead, I do things with them:</p> <ul> <li>print and hang photos on my wall</li> <li>use photos as wallpapers on my desktop</li> <li>make my photos into personalized cards, bookmarks and anything else I can think of</li> </ul> <p><strong>Buy local clothing.</strong> Instead of picking up yet another t-shirt emblazoned with a city name, try for something that you’d be excited to wear. I’ve found gorgeous embroidered tops in Morocco, beaded sandals in Israel and a fantastic rugby jersey in Ireland. And because I managed to find places that catered to a local clientele, I could, at the most expensive, pick up an outfit for the same price I would pay at home. </p> <p><strong>Find the local bookstores.</strong> I know plenty of people who like hitting up the local history section, but I prefer to find a couple of local authors who write fiction instead. My favorite find was a set of mystery novels set in Cardiff, written by a local man — I feel like I got a lot more local color than even a history of Cardiff could give me. And there’s nothing wrong with finding your local books at a used bookstore: local histories and such are notorious for rapidly going out of print, making a used bookstore a surprisingly good option. </p> <p>There’s nothing wrong with a keychain or a coffee mug, but there are so many options beyond the hotel gift shop. If you have any time to just look around your destination, and find a small market, a used bookstore or any other opportunity for truly unique souvenirs, I highly recommend it. </p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="">Thursday Bram</a> of <a href="">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="">25 Things to Never Pay Full Price For</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="">How to Increase the Chance of Someone Returning Your Lost Wallet</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="">The 8 Worst and Best Airport Buys</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="">3 Ways to Get Hotel Deals</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="">Why You Should Never Buy Souvenirs</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping Travel photos souvenir Mon, 21 Apr 2008 15:15:08 +0000 Thursday Bram 2030 at