As many of you know, traveling to new countries can spark an intense desire to buy a ton of souvenirs. There’s nothing more addicting than perusing the local markets and collecting a million trinkets that you just KNOW are going to be fabulous in your apartment back home. But the reality is that most of these items will only hold temporary shelf life until your next move or will shatter into pieces when foreign customs molests all of your belongings (and sometimes YOU for that matter. awkward.) So after my experiences abroad, I have tried to limit myself to 1 or 2 items per country that are really special.
Now, my current dilemma with collecting souvenirs is that I am carrying them all on my back! And the last thing I want is to add an extra 10 pounds of weird wood carvings and woven cloth wall hangings to my back weight. So, I have decided to start collecting one lightweight bracelet per country or city that reminds me of something special that I did or a feeling that I experienced while visiting. This way, I will not only look more like a hippy backpacker (clearly, a new life goal) but I can easily carry my memories with me along the way.
So, stayed tuned as I continue to collect my little traveling souvenirs and create a colorful collection up my arm!