What Is Your Favorite Souvenir To Collect On Summer Vacations?

June 5 2012 by BW Innsider
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    By Laura Patterson on June 8, 2012 10:54 AM

    I'm always on the look out for locally produced honey to bring home for my dad, who is a beekeeper.

    By Dale Fish on June 8, 2012 5:52 PM

    We like going to Venice, Fl. in the summer. The kids always love finding them!

    By carriann mulcahy on June 9, 2012 3:01 PM

    I always get shot glasses. I have huge collection of them. They are a great conversation starter.

    By Sharon K on June 9, 2012 4:41 PM

    I love to collect maps

    By Michelle Stevens on June 9, 2012 8:10 PM

    I collect pink flamingos!

    By Teresa M on June 11, 2012 7:19 AM

    When on vacation I like to ask for an extra hotel key to keep. These serve for great memories especially once you collect enough.

    By Linda P. on June 12, 2012 10:50 AM

    I look for some nice pottery to bring home.

    By Linda P. on June 12, 2012 10:52 AM

    I have a souvenir spoon collection I like to add to - a tradition passed on from my mother!

    By Dave on June 12, 2012 10:57 AM

    I collect postcards on my travels.

    By Wendy on June 15, 2012 3:49 PM

    I collect postcards to help my scrap booking of each adventure I take and my kids always get to pick out a keychain

    By donna huff on June 18, 2012 8:25 AM

    I always get a sweatshirt or tshirt.

    By Jim on June 18, 2012 2:16 PM

    I look for something unique and locally made.

    By Ronald Lau on June 18, 2012 2:57 PM

    I like to collect unique Christmas ornaments when I travel. The tree sure looks better than when it was covered with generic colored balls.

    By Denise on June 21, 2012 6:48 AM

    I like to collect t-shirts with unique sayings from the town or area that I'm visiting.

    By brenda on June 21, 2012 6:48 AM

    We collect magnets that have the place we visited and is resembling that place. We have done this for 21 years and if there was no magnet we bought a crest.

    By diane on June 21, 2012 6:50 AM

    i,m always on the look out for a handsome man to take home.

    By Cheryl P on June 21, 2012 6:50 AM

    We try to collect sand.....although it is not always available where we go....and now there are restrictions on bringing it back from some of the carribean. Some shells, or even rocks/pebbles.....just to add to a jar to remember the trip everytime we see it!

    By Laura D on June 21, 2012 6:50 AM

    We collect baseball merchandise from the cities we travel to. Needless to say, we rarely travel to a city that doesn't have a team. If there's no major league team, we pick a minor league one.

    By andrea on June 21, 2012 6:51 AM

    My husband has started a shot glass collection. He now makes sure everyone else that goes away now brings him back a shot glass from their vacation too. Which is great, except now people bring ME them back too! I'd like a nice wine glass instead!?? possibly with some wine to go with it! ;0) LOL

    By Sandra T on June 21, 2012 6:51 AM

    I love to collect beads while on vacation. When I get home I will make jewelry to remember my trip by.

    By Susan Harlan on June 21, 2012 6:52 AM

    I get refridgerator magnets from the places we visit.

    By lakesha ingram on June 21, 2012 6:52 AM

    I for a long too would take vacation then I decided I would go some where so now where ever I go I love to collect shot glasses its fun!

    By jerry bauer on June 21, 2012 6:52 AM

    shot glasses

    By Bente Hagen on June 21, 2012 6:53 AM

    Local handcraft and lcal perfums when possible!

    By Donella Harvey on June 21, 2012 6:55 AM

    My husband and brother both collect shot glassses and so everywhere we go we always buy at least 2 to 4 shot glasses.

    By Madeline Lonergan on June 21, 2012 6:55 AM

    I like to collect magnets from different states. Another thing is thimbles.

    By GISELLE RICHARD on June 21, 2012 6:56 AM

    I Love to travel take nice pics on the way ;)...........

    By Kevin Bell on June 21, 2012 7:00 AM

    We love to collect magnets from different places we visit. They're so easy to find in shops and are easily displayed on our fridge!

    By ERIC RICHARD on June 21, 2012 7:00 AM

    Wow I love everthing about travelling fell free sticker for th bumper of my trailer ...........

    By Rita W on June 21, 2012 7:00 AM

    T-shirt and postcards of the town I went to.

    By Sara on June 21, 2012 7:00 AM

    We used to always go to Cape Cod for our summer vactions. I collected little sand castle statues each year.

    By Heather Flores on June 21, 2012 7:03 AM

    I collect M&Ms items such as candy dishes, jars, dispensers, etc. The vintage stuff is my favorite. I also collect Fiestaware dishes. When we travel I check out local thrift shops and have found some of my most cherished treasures out of town, like my two lime green Fiesta plates that were like new from a second hand shop. I also check the city we are in to see if someone may be selling what I am looking for to add to my collection.

    By Giselle Wall on June 21, 2012 7:03 AM

    key chains,

    By melissa bartholomew on June 21, 2012 7:04 AM

    My husband collects shot glasses, but i get glasses with a local scenery on it

    By Lisa Wade on June 21, 2012 7:04 AM

    I went to Michigan last summer and learned about sea glass. We collected it along the shore of the lake. Didn't cost anything and is unique.

    By Yuki H on June 21, 2012 7:06 AM

    Summer hat and dress from local places!

    By Kevin W on June 21, 2012 7:06 AM

    A t-shirt of the state I visited and nick-nack that resembles something in the state. Like St. Louis Arch or Mount Rushmore.

    By Patricia on June 21, 2012 7:07 AM

    I like to try different food that I cannot get at home We bring back Taffy also.

    By Kellie Johnston Hawthorne on June 21, 2012 7:07 AM

    We like to collect Shot glasses and T-Shirts from the places we visit!

    By Reub M on June 21, 2012 7:09 AM

    local scenery picture in a frame

    By Ken Johnson on June 21, 2012 7:09 AM

    Photos seem to be the best for us. Something we can look back on for years to come.

    Also, pint glasses, every place seems to have them and they some great artwork on them.

    By Tami A on June 21, 2012 7:12 AM

    We collect the brass Christmas ornaments from the Carnival cruise ships

    By Ingrid Keon on June 21, 2012 7:14 AM

    We collect fridge magnets, so that we have a daily reminder of our wonderful family trips together. Our children also have a fairly extensive collection of t-shirts from places where fridge magnets are not available. And there is no substitute for lots of photos to keep the memories alive.

    By Jackie Diprimo on June 21, 2012 7:14 AM

    Charms, matchboxes, bar towels, mini soaps.

    By Michelle Washburn on June 21, 2012 7:15 AM

    I collect Tshirts from wherever I go

    By Kimberly Wyatt on June 21, 2012 7:15 AM

    I always get a get a sweatshirt or tshirt from the area we are vacationing in. Lately I also look for one item unique to the area.

    By Erik Mercado on June 21, 2012 7:15 AM

    I always purchase bottle openers. They are a great collection to have.

    By Rita Harmon on June 21, 2012 7:18 AM

    I usually look for something unique to the area, that way I have the perfect memory to go with the item. Local handmade items, keychains with a well known symbol, shot glasses but my favorite is local homemade items, they are truly unique to each area.

    By Pam Sanow on June 21, 2012 7:22 AM

    I love to collect rocks from our travels across the country !!

    By jeannine s on June 21, 2012 7:30 AM

    A handcarved wood knife with our sons name engraved on it from the bahamas

    By Linda R. on June 21, 2012 7:30 AM

    T-shirts of where I've visited are a must!

    By ron webb on June 21, 2012 7:32 AM

    i like to find novelty license plates--Just starte drecently and ask friends to bring me one when they go places too--my favorite is the one from the Principality of Monaco

    By Janet Scott on June 21, 2012 7:33 AM

    I collect thimbles - sometime we stop at an antique store and sometimes I just get one with a picture of the area on it. I have a little display of them at home to remind me.

    By Cary Horning on June 21, 2012 7:37 AM

    I collect Harley Davidson t-shirts (they always have the town or city name on the back) and l collect photographs of sunsets, buildings, people, wildlife and all the wonderful things my eyes have seen to share with family & friends when l get back!

    By r webb on June 21, 2012 7:38 AM

    I like novelty license plates--My favorite is from the Principality of Monaco

    By Jodi & Billy! on June 21, 2012 7:47 AM

    We like to get art from a local artist to display in our home, we also collect rocks and write on the rock where it came from and have a display shelf for all of them.

    By Sy Ochoa on June 21, 2012 7:48 AM

    My favorite souvenir I collect on your summer vacation travels was in Las Vegas when I bought a bobble head of Alan from the movie the Hangover. It's so funny when you check him he speaks line from the movie like "I am a one man wolf pack". I now have the bobble head set up on my counter so everyone who stops by can view him and laugh.

    By Lucia Ochoa on June 21, 2012 7:52 AM

    My favorite souvenir is my coconut post card from Hawaii, the post card is actually made out of a real coconut.

    By Lorraine robledo on June 21, 2012 7:55 AM

    We like to get refrigerator magnets from everywhere we go on vacation because they usually have some cute ones that say where they are from and they are small and useful .

    By Paula Schaus on June 21, 2012 8:01 AM

    I try to acquire a cross from places that I visit as a memoir.

    By sarah on June 21, 2012 8:02 AM

    I remember finding the collectable spoons and state magets for my mother and grandmother. My souvenir was a crab shell the first trip to see the ocean.

    By Marlene on June 21, 2012 8:07 AM

    I always get a figurine or a local painting or drawing from a flea market or street vendor.

    By Judy Rottman on June 21, 2012 8:20 AM

    WE always look for some unique rock to bring home with us and put in a rock garden..have them from all over the United States....and of course the best thing we collect are wonderful memories....

    By Lisa Staten on June 21, 2012 8:32 AM

    I usually vacation in CO since that is where my sons & granddaughters live. I collect t-shirts & sweatshirts of the area, and anything about the history of the area. I wasn't the best student in history so it amazes me to learn the history while actually being there to see where it took place. I'll never be able to watch another western without thinking "hey I was there at that pass or on that trail!" I also take tons of photos. I stay at - guess! - the Best Western since it is closest to where they live in Gypsum & it's very comfortable & reasonably priced. They have a swing out in front of the hotel where you can sit & see all over the mountain. Love to have another vacation there - HINT! Lol

    By Dave Taube on June 21, 2012 8:32 AM

    I like to bring home a bottle of hot sauce from wherever I travel.

    By Nathan Phillips on June 21, 2012 8:34 AM

    I collect t-shirts and hats of the various tourist railroads I ride.

    By Rachel Savard on June 21, 2012 8:40 AM

    When my husband and I travel we make it a point to stop at interesting shops and restaurants to talk to people and introduce ourselves to them and perhaps to get to know a little about them. Over the years we have been very fortunate in meeting some very interesting people and some of them have been in contact with us. Sceneries are very nice but people behind the scenes are nicer.

    By Diana N on June 21, 2012 8:44 AM

    I love to collect elephant statues. At one time I counted 200 in my curio cabinet. I find them everywhere I travel. My husband likes to collect shot glasses so we both have something we always look for on vacation. It makes our day when we find something different in style or design!

    By Ronald Savard on June 21, 2012 8:47 AM

    Most of the time we go on golf and beach vacations and we meet a lot of people with the same interests. We have made a lot of new friends and will repeat the experience again this year.

    By Raymond Lewis on June 21, 2012 9:05 AM

    We get shot glasses and also collect items from the locations. We have some moss from No, CA, sand from the beach, sand from the Yuma sandunes, a piece of dead barrel cactus from near our old Arizona home. Just some examples.

    By LMR on June 21, 2012 9:11 AM

    I like to collect unusual rocks from our trips, also magazines on towns we visit

    By LMR on June 21, 2012 9:12 AM

    I like to collect unusual rocks

    By Jennifer M on June 21, 2012 9:14 AM

    Our favorite thing to collect is Christmas ornaments. It started on our honeymoon when we went to Mt Rushmore and every time we travel to a new place, we pick up a new ornament. At Christmas time, when we decorate the tree we always talk about all of the incredible places we have visited and the memories we have created. We also talk about new places where we want to go to add to our collection. It makes Christmas a very special time for us!

    By Richard Chism on June 21, 2012 9:31 AM

    A conch shell from the Florida Keys.

    By angela baasch on June 21, 2012 9:33 AM

    I always get magnets either with my kids name on them or the state ones.

    By Steve Shields on June 21, 2012 9:37 AM

    Always try to get a t-shirt and /or cap. Also fridge magnets. 1 or 2 for home and 1 for the work fridge.

    By Jim Hayes on June 21, 2012 9:48 AM

    I think the coolest thing that I've ever gotten on vacation is when I went to the Dominican Republic. I got this huge, colorful and unique art piece that I got while I was on the resort that I was staying at. I have it hanging on my living room wall and it's the 1st thing you see when you walk into my apartment.

    By Larry lee on June 21, 2012 9:49 AM

    penguins

    By Deanna SchaudekSavealott on June 21, 2012 9:55 AM

    My favorite souvenir's are the ones we collected when we traveled across the country on a Route 66 road trip with our classic car club. We collected many momentous and met many really nice people along the way!

    By Ella Henry on June 21, 2012 10:33 AM

    We like to get our family picture air brush on a tee shirt or put on a coffee mug.

    By Rick McClenthen on June 21, 2012 11:35 AM

    My favorite souvenir is a small wooden barrel, that looks like a wine barrel, that lies down on a stand. The stand has 6 wooden cups that line either side of the barrel. We picked this one up in Hawaii on our honeymoon, so of course it has Hawaii carved into the side of the barrel. I like it because at the we purchased it, we did not know we would both be such wine connoisseurs. Well, not really connoisseurs, but we both like to seek out new local wines when ever we are on travelling. So with wine tasting often on our vacation itinerary, we often find the perfect bottle to save for our following anniversary celebration.

    By Jane A on June 21, 2012 11:52 AM

    I stop at every Harley Davidson dealership I go past so that I can have one of their collectible pins and t-shirt!

    By Chris Charucki on June 21, 2012 11:59 AM

    Refrigerator Magnets - love em

    By Margo Whitney on June 21, 2012 12:47 PM

    I have a silver charm braclet i received when i turned 16. I look for a new charm to add to it from the places we visit. I have a lot of memories on it. And of course you can not beat photos for great memories :)

    By Dee & George Allen on June 21, 2012 12:52 PM

    Wherever I go, I like to collect Christmas tree ornaments that are significant to the place I am visiting. Then, each year as I decorate my tree, I can remember the fun I had on vacation.

    By Dee & George Allen on June 21, 2012 12:54 PM

    Wherever I go, I like to collect Christmas tree ornaments significant to the area I am visiting. Then, each year as I decorate my tree, I can remember the places I visited and the fun we had there.

    By chentelle Jones on June 21, 2012 1:18 PM

    I love collecting pin's to put on our luggage. Our kids always have a conversation piece to show their friends all the places we have been all the exciting adventures they took part in. My one prized piece I'm so proud of and adore is a wooden bowl carved out of local fallen tree in Prince Rupert B.C love love love it. We toured and

    By Craig Slocum on June 21, 2012 1:20 PM

    I like to gets things that are useful and don't clutter the house, T-shirts & jewelry are my usual choices

    By Nicole on June 21, 2012 1:51 PM

    I have many Christmas ornaments from past travels and we also collect small "statues" of famous landmarks.

    By Vivian on June 21, 2012 2:00 PM

    I always collect fridge magnets. They don't take up much room in your luggage. I have interesting fridge magnets from all around the world.

    By Diana Haney on June 21, 2012 3:22 PM

    On behalf of my daughter-in-law, I collect post cards which have a scene that is representative of the area I visit.

    For myself, I used to collect tiny gold charms to wear on a charm-holder necklace - until the price of gold got so high!

    Now, I collect art work, usually from local street vendors - water colors, oil paintings, art posters, needlework wall hangings, ceramic plaques, stained glass. Most of these are very lightweight, easy to pack, and don't produce tabletop clutter after I get home. A stroll through my house takes me back to my favorite places in China, St. Petersburg, Venice, Estonia, Santorini, Turkey, and the Caribbean.

    By Margo Palmeter on June 21, 2012 3:22 PM

    Snowglobes. We always pick up a fun snow globe from the cities we travel to.

    By keri landrum on June 21, 2012 4:15 PM

    i collect candles everywhere i go.

    By Karisa B. on June 21, 2012 4:16 PM

    We takes lots of pictures to make albums online (Shutterfly, Kodak, etc). I make sure to take pictures of signs and tickets as well. The hardcover books with our own captions and memories are great keepsakes that my kids love to look back at. I would like to start a charm collection. My mom had a charm bracelet that was so cool. Maybe this next trip!

    By Rachel Mitchell on June 21, 2012 4:17 PM

    i love to collect things like sand, rocks, etc

    By Ellen on June 21, 2012 4:35 PM

    I collect a magnet from every place I visit....the ones that have a skyline or photo of the place on them.

    By Barbara Gordon on June 21, 2012 5:02 PM

    My favorite thing I collected was a turquoise shell that I found in Wilminton, N.C.

    By jessey r gopal on June 21, 2012 6:04 PM

    i love collecting different type of caps (hat)

    By Kathy on June 21, 2012 6:52 PM

    We like to collect unique toys from the different places that we visit! The kids love to play with their new toys when we get back to our Best Western hotel room!

    By Melody House on June 21, 2012 7:21 PM

    I like mugs and postcards!!

    By Fred Paumen on June 21, 2012 8:03 PM

    Collect coffee cups. Can use them every days for years to come

    By Henry on June 21, 2012 8:53 PM

    I like collecting photos of the places I visit, but I really like to collect rocks, too! Can be tough to get them home sometimes.

    By Vickie on June 21, 2012 8:57 PM

    Rocks and sand along with pictures to create shadow boxes

    By Ivy on June 21, 2012 9:20 PM

    I always try to find something that is unique and different and local to the area.

    By Rosemarie on June 21, 2012 10:41 PM

    I love to buy local made jewelery earings , rings ect on my holiday travels to remind me of places I have been to.

    By Steven on June 21, 2012 10:54 PM

    my favorite thing to collect on my vacations are books on the local areas I have visited.

    By Teri on June 21, 2012 11:03 PM

    We always look for cool Christmas tree ornaments to hang on our tree to remember our travels

    By Nancy Beenken on June 22, 2012 4:12 AM

    I love to always bring home a t-shirt or sweatshirt from the place we have visited that has the name of the city on it as it always strikes up a conversation from someone who has already been there or someone who would like information on the area.

    By james on June 22, 2012 7:01 AM

    Rocks from my Austin Tx stay.

    By Lori Creech on June 22, 2012 9:15 AM

    I like to collect colorful stones and pebbles and shells.Iput them in a jar to view.

    By Jody Thomas on June 22, 2012 9:21 AM

    I love collecting Gnomes of any shape or form and I was very pleased when I found Disney had a Mickey Garden Gnome! Naturally tho he has never seen the garden! :o)

    By Lori Creech on June 22, 2012 9:24 AM

    Colorful stones.

    By karen s on June 22, 2012 10:45 AM

    When traveling, I always buy a postcard and mail it to myself at home. So not only do I have a postmarked postcard as a souvenir, but also a snippet of my adventures or thoughts written in my own hand. I have been doing this for as long as I can remember - since I was 10? It was my grandmother's suggestion and it has become a staple of every vacation I have taken since. I have quite a collection and in the 40 years of mailing myself, only one postcard was a no show.

    By Tooth Fairy on June 22, 2012 1:28 PM

    I love to collect a piece of jewelry from the place I visit, or a Christmas tree ornament for sweet travel memories keepsakes/souvenier too!

    By Tammera Widell on June 22, 2012 1:28 PM

    Agates, Stones, Fossils & Rocks :)

    By Grace Papaseraphim on June 22, 2012 1:30 PM

    Postcards, those squished pennies, t-shirts and our favorite thing is to find local food products that we can pack and bring home! Thanks for the contest!

    By Heather R. on June 22, 2012 1:30 PM

    I admit, I love t-shirts and sweatshirts with a cool design/wording related to the places I've just visited. Got a really great sweatshirt in Jasper, Alberta last year: it features a stylized person fleeing a bear, with the words: CANADIAN FAST FOOD. I love it! Failing the ability to get a t-shirt, I love to bring home a craft or symbol (e.g. Inukshuk or beadwork) from a place I've been, or a souvenir book. It helps me remember where I've been.

    By SunRae on June 22, 2012 1:31 PM

    We always buy something created by a native of the region we are visiting. We love our Jamaician art piece that was carved while we watched.

    By HarjitCh on June 22, 2012 1:32 PM

    I love buying nick-nacks must to my hubbies dismay. It all started with key-chains, then it went to magnets, then post-cards, pens, photo albums and more recently paintings and decorative items such as wall hangings. I love all my nick-nacks because I feel like I brought a little piece of where I've been back with me. Ever since digital cameras came I also take soooooo many pictures that it often takes me a few days just to go through them again so I can delete repeats. lol
    Building travel collections is a lot of fun, and I feel lucky to have travel experiences in my life. :)

    By Carol Buchman on June 22, 2012 1:32 PM

    I collect unique wearable clothing items like t-shirts, sweatshirts, sun visors etc. with the name of the place I'm visiting either embroidered or stitched on them.

    By jennifer on June 22, 2012 1:34 PM

    i love collecting spoons

    By Linda F on June 22, 2012 1:35 PM

    I collect spoons and shot glasses.

    By Ray on June 22, 2012 1:37 PM

    My wife and I are on a mission to visit every NASCAR track on the tour. We collect the track flags from each track. However when we went to Pheonix our luggage got lost on the way home and so did our flag. So I guess we will have to go back! HEHEHEHE!

    By Andrew on June 22, 2012 1:42 PM

    I always collect transportation tickets, bus, train, plane, boat.. it's amazing how much they differ even from city to city in the same area!

    By Gary Pinkerton on June 22, 2012 1:49 PM

    My favorite souvenir was plasticed placemats that were more like an overgrown post card. We started to collect them 10+ years ago on one of our many trips to Newfoundland.

    By Jaci S on June 22, 2012 1:51 PM

    I mostly take pictures from our travels as souvenirs. I will also pick up a Hard Rock Cafe shot glass if there is one in the location I'm traveling or something representative of the area, such as a small boot from Texas, Mardi gras mask from New Orleans & wooden shoes from Holland, MI. Postcard of the state map is also one of my favorites for my scrapbook.

    By suttondancer on June 22, 2012 1:53 PM

    I have been collecting Indian Dolls for many years. You could find them at any rest stop while traveling the roads, but are getting harder to find.

    By Patricia MacLeod on June 22, 2012 1:56 PM

    Went we travel we like to collect bumper stickers from all the places we have been.

    By Shawna O on June 22, 2012 2:04 PM

    My favorite thing is to bring back and collect the newspapers from every place I travel because newspapers give a sense of time from when I visited a place.

    By Cynthia Booton on June 22, 2012 4:05 PM

    Every summer my husband and I travel to Nelson BC via the USA states of Washington and Idaho. It's a wonderful way to see the country via back roads and out of the way places. We always purchase local preserves where ever we stop. Sometimes it's blackberry jelly, sometimes huckleberry jam, there is no end to different products to try. These preserves are enjoyed when we return home and they remind us of all the places we have visited.

    By Kristy on June 22, 2012 5:44 PM

    Shot glasses!!

    By Mike on June 22, 2012 9:38 PM

    shot glasses and cool T -Shirts

    By Stacy S on June 23, 2012 1:33 PM

    Key chains! They're small and don't take up much room, but are nice little reminders.

    By Amy T. on June 23, 2012 2:15 PM

    We love magnets! We are getting quite the collection.

    By Jay Hawk on June 23, 2012 2:51 PM

    We like to collect geckos & lizards (the man-made variety!).

    By ellen on June 23, 2012 4:38 PM

    usually a t shirt

    By Steve on June 23, 2012 4:42 PM

    magnets for the refrigerator

    By Randall W on June 23, 2012 4:45 PM

    tshirts, sweatshirts - stuff like that

    By elaine poulter on June 23, 2012 6:25 PM

    my favorite souvenir while travelling is funny shot glass, baseball hat and t shirt. However, with 4 new grandchildren on the way my husband has taken to buying baby rompers

    By Roger Haas on June 23, 2012 8:42 PM

    Hats for me, and shot glasses for the wife. But my favorite is recipes from the places and people we visit. This way memories of grandma (and her rhubarb pie) or Annapolis Md. ( and crab cakes) are as close as the kitchen.

    By Hilary on June 23, 2012 9:05 PM

    Mugs!

    By Jennifer on June 24, 2012 2:30 AM

    I love traveling wd my family..so wherever we go I always make sure I buy stuff before leaving the country or place;) my faves that i bought accessories , key chains, shot glass, frames, thailand fashion clothes, budha, rosary,Hawaiian hula dancer displays, Cancun fridge displays , hongkong /Japan keychains and beauty items, and etc....

    By Courtney on June 24, 2012 1:47 PM

    I like to collect the cheesy cartoon looking picture frames from places i've been to put a good vacation photo in:)

    By Patricia W. Reisner on June 24, 2012 7:09 PM

    I have collected alot of lighthouse memories on my trips to the Best
    Western in Kill Devil Hills, North Caroline.

    By Jessica Walsh on June 26, 2012 10:29 AM

    I always get snow globes for my kids and if I go out of the country, I get them some of the local money. It is fun!

    By Linda Conrath on June 26, 2012 1:46 PM

    I collect postcards on my trips. They are great souvenirs and really are useful when my photos don't turn out so well.

    By Araceli Abanilla on June 26, 2012 2:44 PM

    Great question!

    I always collect jewelry on my trips. They are the best souvenirs, in my opinion! It is something from that place or region, usually packs well without any problems; doesn't take up much room. After you get home from your trip, you don't have to keep it in a shrine. Every time I wear a piece, it reminds me of that time and place. Jewelry doesnt have to be that fancy, I have glass from Murano, Green Stone from New Zealand, Opals from Australia, etc. If you wear them all the time, they stop being souvenirs and another part of who you are.

    By B. Johnson on June 26, 2012 7:44 PM

    I collect sand from every place that we travel. I have small containers of sand labeled and displayed in my classroom from all 50 states and many countries throught the world. There are many shades of White sand, as well as brown, red, and black sand.

    By Lee on June 27, 2012 7:10 AM

    the best souvenier we brought back from our trip last summer in So Cal was our little chihuahua, "Buddy" we rescued from a shelter in castaic Ca on the way home. We then stayed at best westerns that were pet friendly and great all the way home afterwards.

    By Kenneth Lantgen Jr on June 27, 2012 7:14 AM

    I love collecting shot glasses everywhere I go. I traveled alot in the Army and every country state anywhere I collect shot glasses!! Going to Black Hills soon and am going to get more there for first summer vacation this year!

    By Glenda Haygarth on June 27, 2012 7:15 AM

    I always bring the boys back t shirts. an ornament or something for the girls too. hats are also a big idem

    By Jennifer Isaacs on June 27, 2012 7:15 AM

    I always collect shot glasses, every time we go on a vacation, or when we go somewhere for fun. I once baught one from Utah before I moved here that said, " eat, drink, and be merry tomorrow you maybe in Utah". : )

    By Kevin on June 27, 2012 7:19 AM

    With the many trips I have taken, many while staying at best western, my favorite souvenier would have to be my authentic rain stick. To this day when I feel that the hussel and bussel of city life, I can return to the rain forests and drown out everything around me. Tranquility at its best!

    By Stephen Wilson on June 27, 2012 7:20 AM

    Fridge magnets are always fun to collect. I always thought it would be fun to visit the fridge magnet factory, (undoubtedly in China), and just grab random destination magnets there.

    By Luanne Lawler on June 27, 2012 7:22 AM

    Christmas Tree ornaments, so at Christmas we remember the great places we have been.

    By Addison spencer on June 27, 2012 7:24 AM

    I collect shot glasses and glass coke/soda bottles. Ever since I was 11! I've got over 100 from every country I've visited. (more shot glasses than coke bottles- those can be difficult to find!)

    By VJ Monson on June 27, 2012 7:24 AM

    Minnie Mouse ears of course! And also I always try to find a spoon with the the state or city name on it to give to my mom.

    By Kari Newman on June 27, 2012 7:31 AM

    I love buying Hoodies! I get one were ever we go

    By Rob Drake on June 27, 2012 7:34 AM

    I collect golf balls of all the courses I've played and cities I've been too...sometimes the smaller towns are difficult but if you dig deep enough you can always find them

    By Tami on June 27, 2012 7:42 AM

    We always look for small watercolors of places that we visit. Usually 5X7 or 4X6 prints. I frame them and add them to our wall.

    By Milton Rey Waters on June 27, 2012 7:43 AM

    During our recent trip to Costa Rica we purchased several feather art paintings. The artists takes a bird feather and paints an image on the wide part and then places on a small mat. They are beautiful and make very nice gifts.

    By Milton Rey Waters on June 27, 2012 7:44 AM

    During our recent trip to Costa Rica we purchased several feather art paintings. The artists takes a bird feather and paints an image on the wide part and then places on a small mat. They are beautiful and make very nice gifts.

    By Milton Rey Waters on June 27, 2012 7:48 AM

    During our recent trip to Costa Rica we purchased several feather art paintings. The artists takes a bird feather and paints an image on the wide part and then places on a small mat. They are beautiful and make very nice gifts.

    By jerry baur on June 27, 2012 7:54 AM

    sand from beaches, and dirt from differant states

    By Toby on June 27, 2012 8:08 AM

    It's really what catches your eye...from caps, t-shirts, pottery, jackets, jewelry, and anything else! :D

    By Richard Chism on June 27, 2012 8:11 AM

    I picked up a large conch shell in Florida to remind me of my wonderful times in Key West.

    By Ben on June 27, 2012 8:14 AM

    A sunburn ;-)

    By Annabeth C on June 27, 2012 8:15 AM

    I love to get something from where ever I go that is unique to that place.

    By Karen on June 27, 2012 8:17 AM

    Jars of different jams! Personally like the huckleberry the best.

    By Andrey Moshkin on June 27, 2012 8:33 AM

    In July, I want to visit the City of Military Glory of Sevastopol, Ukraine.

    By Debra Miller on June 27, 2012 8:34 AM

    My husband and I love to collect wines from the states or countries where we have our vacation. We always taste one while on vacation and bring back two, one to share with friends and family, and the other to share between us while we remember the wonderful time we had on that particular vacation.

    By Amy Budd on June 27, 2012 8:54 AM

    I collect spoons and every summer whereever I go, I buy them even my close friends and family get then for me. The best spoon I own was from Graceland when I toured the grounds with my friends. I also got one from the vatican too

    By Donna Bitting on June 27, 2012 9:14 AM

    A tahitian log drum from Tahiti. And two Batik pillow cases from St. Kitts. We also like to check out the local food markets and grocery stores when in another country and try to bring something home. Then when we enjoy it, it is like being back there(almost).

    By Leanne Corrigan on June 27, 2012 9:19 AM

    I collect seashells & sand every where I go, and I continually blend it all in a decorative bowl

    By Sy Ochoa on June 27, 2012 9:25 AM

    I collected some great shells from Hawaii.

    By Justin Allen on June 27, 2012 9:44 AM

    For me I go to Disneyland alot and when I do, I always get a new license plate frame with the year on it. Its always fun to replace the old one and have the new one on there. It lets people know that I was there this year and can't wait to go back to get a new one for the next year. However this year not only will I get that but I intend to do a runDisney marathon so I will get me a shirt and hat to let people know that I am in training.

    By Dave Taube on June 27, 2012 9:48 AM

    I'm a big fan of spicy food, so I collect bottles of hot sauce from wherever I travel!

    By Susan Stahley on June 27, 2012 9:59 AM

    We have collected a keychain and postcard for my son for every state we have been to.

    By Kyle on June 27, 2012 10:13 AM

    Pictures. Mainly of Bora Bora and Tahiti. Just beautiful there.

    By Dave P. on June 27, 2012 10:20 AM

    I always end up buying a hoodie because I forget to pack one.

    By Mal Holcomb on June 27, 2012 10:23 AM

    I collect Puppets. One of my most favorite come because our resent trip to Pasadina CA for a confrence. I found this cute pink dragon like with a hreat in the pocket. The best part was playing with this puppet while sitting around the Convention Center waiting for some of the congress to start. The kids that were with me were trying really hard to get me to put it away so not to embarrass them. But we all had fun and the kids each took turns using the puppet there to.

    By Julianne Anderson on June 27, 2012 10:28 AM

    Well, let's see now. I've gone from the typical key chains, to refrigerator magnets to shot glasses. I have a huge selection of shot glasses which are my favorite to collect and then a few of the magnets. I always love vacationing. Not going quite as far anymore but still lots of places to go in California. Been to Oregon, Virginia and Hawaii. Looking forward to my next vacation.

    By j murray on June 27, 2012 11:34 AM

    Unfortunately my wife likes to collect rugs, but mostly we try to buy something handcrafted that we will treasure and helps the local economy directly.

    By Brenda on June 27, 2012 11:56 AM

    T-shirts and Shotglasses

    By April Harper on June 27, 2012 12:13 PM

    I always buy a shoot glass when I travel, I've been doing this for the past 14 years :)

    By candi on June 27, 2012 12:35 PM

    Mickey Ear hats and squished (pressed) pennies.

    By Jack Shive on June 27, 2012 12:53 PM

    Best ones I ever got where the shells collected last year while inn vacation in Gulf Shores with the grand kids.

    By Jill H on June 27, 2012 2:48 PM

    I look for something locally and handmade from the area I travel to and hopefully support the local economy

    By Lisa Berton on June 27, 2012 3:09 PM

    Once I decided that the guest room in my future house will be themed as a tourist trap, I began buying souvenirs specifically to decorate the room. The only conditions I set for myself are: No item can cost more than $10, it has to be something I would not normally buy, and it has to be specific to a city/state or attraction. My favorite item thus far is an orange flask ( I don't drink) I bought at the airport in Austin, TX. It reads, "You can all go to hell. I'm going to Texas." Davy Crockett

    By Evelyn Goettner on June 27, 2012 3:12 PM

    We collect key-chains and mugs.

    By Mandi Marcus on June 27, 2012 3:13 PM

    I collect tin lunch boxes, so I make sure everytime I go on vacation that I collect at least on lunchbox that reminds of the place Im staying at! :)

    By Cassandra Jeffers on June 27, 2012 3:16 PM

    I went to Disneyland for the first time last year with my friend and his mom. I'm a big fan of practical gifts and they didn't have a coffee cup with my name on it (they had sandy and sandra) so I got this picture frame that says something along the lines of, "I remember the first time...riding the monorail, walking down mainstreet...and there it was, Sleeping Beauty Castle" It definitely captured my experience, not only with the words on the frame, but also the picture I put in it...which is of me in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle.

    By Jack Shive on June 27, 2012 3:18 PM

    Best ones i have are the sea shells we picked up last year on the beach at Gulf shores when we took the grandkids on vacation.

    By Eva on June 27, 2012 3:28 PM

    I love collecting pins from everywhere I visit!

    By Valerie L on June 27, 2012 3:29 PM

    Pictures for souvenirs and memories. And rock and sand from place.

    By Tamra Clifford on June 27, 2012 3:29 PM

    We collect different types of rocks from all our destinations.

    By Bobby Novosad on June 27, 2012 3:29 PM

    I took a brick from Harry Houdini's old mansion in Hollywood. It was abandoned and falling apart.

    By Tanis on June 27, 2012 3:30 PM

    My husband and I collect shot glasses so if we see a cool one or go to a nice place, we try and pick one up!

    By reid carraway on June 27, 2012 3:30 PM

    Finding mother natures gifts from rocks to flowers those are the best souvenirs.

    By Bobby Novosad on June 27, 2012 3:34 PM

    I took a brick from the old Harry Houdini mansion in Hollywood. It wad abandoned and falling apart and supposedly haunted. When I picked up the brick a lot of things started moving and making noise. Old toys and pieces of wood would mysteriously appear on the ground out of nowhere.

    By Paul & Deborah on June 27, 2012 3:42 PM

    Usually it is three or four things that I like to collect from the places we travel. A postcard from the area, a large coffee mug from that area, a keychain, and a refrigerator magnet. In the past, I used to collect Patches to apply to jackets of the various cities or towns or places of interest we visited. Mostly, we like to find something unique to that area and bring it home as a souvenir.

    By Sean Tonelli on June 27, 2012 3:44 PM

    A shot glass!

    By Johanne LaurinCastonguay on June 27, 2012 3:58 PM

    I love to collect keychain! :-)

    By Vickie Ames on June 27, 2012 4:02 PM

    I collect either masks, shot glasses, postcards and local liquor!

    By Vickie Ames on June 27, 2012 4:04 PM

    I collect masks, shot glasses, postcards or local liquor!

    By Susan on June 27, 2012 4:14 PM

    I used to bring back the typical collectibles....pottery, woven things, kitsch.... But as my house filled up and at the same time I became a more savvy traveler as far as limiting suitcase size, I changed to more useful things. Jewelry. I love if do g a really oce piece of artisan jewelry or, as the case when we were in Florence, Italy, a nice gold ring. Every time I wear a particular piece, I am reminded of the journey that took me to purchase it.

    By Tish on June 27, 2012 4:33 PM

    My husband and I started bringing back small rocks from everywhere we go. They don't cost anything and they are truly a piece of the area you have been. We mark them all with a Sharpie and have our "Rock" Collection on a shelf. It's a pretty neat conversation piece.

    By Lorri Langmaid on June 27, 2012 4:47 PM

    A t-shirt

    By Bob Langmaid on June 27, 2012 4:49 PM

    An ashtray

    By Dustin Langmaid on June 27, 2012 4:50 PM

    A shot glass

    By Kim Langmaid on June 27, 2012 4:52 PM

    A keychain

    By Gloria garelick on June 27, 2012 4:54 PM

    A coffee mug

    By Kam thoner on June 27, 2012 4:56 PM

    Shot glass or any glass with name of place on it

    By Rich Hilliard on June 27, 2012 4:57 PM

    Tickets from places I go: shows, parks, etc.

    By Merle Clifford on June 27, 2012 4:57 PM

    WHEN WE GO I PICK UP SMALL ROCKS WITH UNIQUE SHAPES FROM EACH PLACE WE GO TO , NEEDLESS TO SAY I HAVE LOT OF ROCS

    By Joanne on June 27, 2012 4:57 PM

    Cookies and candies of all kinds! I love to find things that are specialties of a specific area that we visit. For instance, taffy is always a favorite at Pacific Ocean beach area locations. Some of the Mexican sweets that are sold in open air markets are very tasty and fun. I love trying new candy bars while traveling in England...yum! So good.

    By Mike McConnell on June 27, 2012 5:31 PM

    I like key chains that are very specific to the local I visit. Last year it was whale tales since my son & I saw whales off of Maui on Christmas eve

    By Meghan B on June 27, 2012 6:19 PM

    I like to get a sticker with the name of the place on it. I put them on my reusable water bottle that I take with me everywhere.

    By Brian on June 27, 2012 8:27 PM

    On Summer vacation, my favorite souvenir to collect are sea shells from the beaches.

    By Melanee on June 27, 2012 8:28 PM

    I love to collect nature items so I can incorporate it in memory. For instance I took leaves in San Diego and pressed them with a picture taken there.

    By Rebby on June 27, 2012 10:39 PM

    I always try to take a vial of sand or a piece of beachwood, or shells when I visit beaches! Then I used them for decorating my house!!

    By Pete on June 27, 2012 10:46 PM

    I like to get ball caps to display -- and wear -- from each stop on our vacations.

    By Dawn on June 27, 2012 11:51 PM

    I always get a magnet of the places I have been to. It decorates my fridge and when I am having a stressful day I just look at the magnets and remember the great times and it helps me get through the day.

    By Alita Alexander on June 28, 2012 5:02 AM

    I like to collect books. Local Recipe Books (State Fair/Church types), Books that talk about the area (Like National Parks, Museums) and Videos if they have them! Love to learn more about the areas we visit.

    By Kate Loria on June 28, 2012 7:22 AM

    We go on 3 Mini vacations a year instead of one big vaca. we make it a point to take a family photo infront of a sign or attraction in every place. At the end of the year when its cold and snowing in the berkshires the kids and i reminisce and laugh while we put all the pictures from the year in a scrap book.

    By Margaret Porter on June 28, 2012 7:34 AM

    My fav thing to collect on vacations are t-shirts. I buy them with the name of the place we visit then I always have that memory when we wear them. Last year we cruised to Haiti, Jamaica and Mexico. I bought a shirt in each place. Now when I wear them I relive every minute we spent there. :)

    By Angela Clute on June 28, 2012 9:17 AM

    We bring home LOTS of things but NOTHING is as important as the MEMORIES we made with our two daughters (one of them being a teenager and even she had a good time and didn't wanna go home!) We bring home clothing and sand but most importantly we bring home MEMORIES AND PICTURES!! We went to Seaside, Oregon June 1st to the 4th and we are STILL sad and missing it tons!!

    By Karen Larson on June 28, 2012 9:26 AM

    I collect something different every time. Something special that seems to jump out at me -- a rock, a shell, a feather, a flower to press. Always something small.

    By Karen Larson on June 28, 2012 9:31 AM

    Always something small and unique. Something different every time. A rock, a feather, a piece of coloured glass, a flower to press. omething which jumps out at me and says "Take me!"

    By MANUEL VIZCAYA on June 28, 2012 10:26 AM

    I collect a myriad of seahells from my trips abroad.

    By T Alexander on June 28, 2012 10:28 AM

    I like to collect fridge magnets on my travels.

    By Grace s. on June 28, 2012 10:35 AM

    I collect seashells and odd looking rocks. Fun to display around the home and enjoy in the depths of winter.

    By Lisa H. on June 28, 2012 11:07 AM

    In terms of bringing back an item, it's magnets or something unique to the place.
    But my main thing is trying new foods so I try to get a pic of me with a loacl food specialty, YUM!

    By Beverly O'Ferrall on June 28, 2012 1:15 PM

    I love to bring home T-shirts or sweatshirts with the name of the town, state, or a place that we visited.

    By andrea on June 28, 2012 2:12 PM

    Well we are shot glass and T shirt collectors no matter where we go :)

    By Kathryn on June 28, 2012 3:53 PM

    I collect bells when I go on vacation.
    I also like to bring home food that is unique to the region - pralines from New Orleans, my favourite.

    By Mark Carlson on June 28, 2012 4:28 PM

    I collect BLING!

    I am in the process of doing a marathon and a half marathon in all 50 states and Washington DC. I will never win a race or even win my age group, but I do it for the FUN and the BLING. The BLING is the finsher's medals that are handed out at the finish line.

    So far I have done 8 marathons, 13 half marathons in 6 states and I will be vacationing (half marathoning) in four more states.

    How do I have fun vacationing (marathoning)? I do every event dressed as Mr. Incredible. Even my running partner wears a costume at these events, she is dressed as Wonder Woman.

    By Julie on June 28, 2012 7:58 PM

    I like bringing back local edibles from my trips, especially when they come in unique containers or boxes that I can later reuse after I've eaten all the goodies!

    By cathy on June 28, 2012 8:47 PM

    I like to collect glass,mugs or shot glasses so that evrytime we use them we are reminded of the fun we had while there. I also.keep maps to amusement parks, from the zoo ect. Also the map of the state put it all together and you have a nice little treasury trove from every vacation but not to be completed with out a bar of soap or potion from the.hotel.

    By Evan on June 29, 2012 3:48 AM

    A nice shirt or two from the destination visited. That's always a nice souvenir. Thanks.

    By Brenda on June 29, 2012 11:31 AM

    I always get the Starbucks city mugs. They are gorgeous and something I actually put to use!

    By Barbara on June 29, 2012 11:52 AM

    I like to collect postcards when we go on vacation.

    By Chantelle on June 29, 2012 12:14 PM

    I always collect shot glasses from my trips to places everytime I drink out of them I think of being care free and on vacation. My most recent and favorite one is from Jamaica :)

    By chantelle on June 29, 2012 12:16 PM

    I like to collect shot glasses form vacations my most recent and favorite is from Jamaica because I had such a great time :)

    By Debbie W on June 30, 2012 7:42 AM

    I purchased a beautiful pair of gold earrings in the Bahamas. They are my favourite.

    By Warren Marler on June 30, 2012 7:44 AM

    We take lots of photographs - so those are our souvenirs! If we find a unqiue photo album from where we are traveling, we get that to put our photos in.

    By Harry Barbee on June 30, 2012 7:45 AM

    They are getting kind of hard to find anymore but I collect patches for a jacket I wear

    By DEBORAH HELME on June 30, 2012 7:50 AM

    I collect postcards, spoons and any information booklets or pamphlets I can find on the area I am visiting. I then pass them onto others for future travels.

    By Julie Davis on June 30, 2012 8:03 AM

    We always get Christmas Ornaments so we remember our trips every christmas

    By Alka B on June 30, 2012 8:27 AM

    I like to collect pins, magnets and postcards.

    By Casandra Hughes on June 30, 2012 8:29 AM

    I love to collect toilet paper from different places. I only collect one sheet. I collected the softest paper at a truck stop on my way to Kenucty from Indianapolis. Surprising, huh.

    By Adam Griffith on June 30, 2012 8:31 AM

    My favorite travel souvenir is the sipping glasses I got from the gift shop at the Woodford Distillery in Kentucky. I love a good glass of Bourbon and its fun to drink my Bourbon from the glass is got while at the distillery where it was made.

    By Casandra Hughes on June 30, 2012 8:34 AM

    I love to collect toilet paper from different places. I only collect one sheet. I collected the softest toilet paper at a truck stop on my to Kentucky from Indianapolis. Surprising, huh?

    By Kathy on June 30, 2012 9:05 AM

    We collect pressed pennies on our trips.

    By Ed on June 30, 2012 9:21 AM

    Matchbooks

    By meredith c on June 30, 2012 9:35 AM

    I avidly collect magnets from anywhere we go that say something about the places we've been.. I have about 50. Can't wait to get more!
    I'm @luvmy_babygio on Twitter :)

    By Todd on June 30, 2012 10:12 AM

    I collect t-shirts from wherever I visit. Wearing a piece of your memories is cool, plus it starts conversations and gives an opportunity to tell others about your adventures!

    By okierebel on June 30, 2012 11:02 AM

    I am an avid T-shirt collector. I always have to get a t-shirt at every place I visit. It is nothing to come home from a trip with atleast 20 shirts.
    Even my family know if they go somewhere they have to bring me home a shirt from there also..
    Then when they get worn out I cut the important part out and my mom is making me a quilt out of them. right now I am on my 7th quilt. and about time to go thru my shirts again and thin them out. I have well over 1000 t-shirts I have collected in the last 45 yrs.

    By Shakti B. on June 30, 2012 11:16 AM

    When I do get a souvenir, usually it is nothing more than a few cardboard beer mats. We try to keep things light in the luggage department and I don't really need more stuff. If there is a particular local food item or candy that I don't see at home, I might pick up some of that to try or to share with friends when we get back.

    By Christy George on June 30, 2012 11:38 AM

    For the past 25 years, my husband and I have collected shot glasses or full size glasses, whichever we like the best. We have a pretty big collection so far!

    By Sidney Cook on June 30, 2012 12:39 PM

    We love to collect christmas ornaments from all over the world, we do love to travel and now have to put up a second tree to accomodate them.

    By Cheryl B. on June 30, 2012 3:30 PM

    On Summer vacations I like to collect postcards from the places we visit.

    By pat youngblood on June 30, 2012 7:08 PM

    I collect handmade earrings. One of my favorite sets from Alaska has interchangeable drops either sterling silver salmon or a handcarved inuit face.

    By Brenda Witherspoon-Bedard on June 30, 2012 8:51 PM

    We bring home coffee mugs

    By Kathleen M on July 1, 2012 4:37 AM

    We try and find unique picture frames and when we get home the best picture taken during the vacation gets the honor!

    By Debbie Nubile on July 3, 2012 10:00 AM

    I like to get a couple postcards to stick in a photo album i'm making for our 12 year old son. i stick them in with pictures of our trips. then he will have his own album to look back on special trips

    By Jenn Lazo on July 3, 2012 7:54 PM

    I seem to always buy a book about the history of wherever I am visiting.

    By Dave Taube on July 12, 2012 5:26 PM

    Since I enjoy spicy cuisine, I collect bottles of hot sauce and bring them home whenever I travel.

    By Jenn Bergen on July 18, 2012 10:15 AM

    I collect hotel soaps. When I eventually have a large bag, I bring them to our local church for needy people. Thanks Best Western for your generosity to helping people in need!

    By Becky MacDonald on July 21, 2012 11:02 AM

    I always look for Magnets. My mother has a fridge full.. any time anyone goes some place they bring her home a magnet.. so its definitely something we look for.

    By Cheryl J on August 5, 2012 7:50 PM

    We have collected many souvenirs, but my favorites are the one of the kind locally made items.

    By Lila Anderson on August 10, 2012 3:20 PM

    I like to get postcards on my vacation just in case my photos don't turn out. I then still have pictures of where I was. Sometimes I even send them to myself to see if they make it home before I do.

    By Ann Rinehart on August 22, 2012 8:41 PM

    I collect music from different regions and countries I travel in.

    By Melanie Taylor on September 6, 2012 7:54 PM

    I always look for handmade items typical of the area. It's important to support crafters who learn and share local historic traditions and support the local economy whereever we find ourselves.

    By Ashley P on September 12, 2012 10:11 AM

    Photos. I am an avid photographer and no trip is complete without pictures. Pictures are something that last forever and each time I look at them I remember the great times I had.

    By Andrea Heckman on September 18, 2012 3:42 PM

    I love to collect post cards. They have beautiful pictures of all the places I go, and some interesting facts also!

    By wendy h on September 18, 2012 6:01 PM

    i collect sweatshirts from all of the places we go to

    By Gary Hill on September 20, 2012 9:50 AM

    I am always looking for ceramic tiles with a scene painted on them, portraying the place we are visiting. They make great conversation starters.

    By elizabeth cameron on October 4, 2012 5:40 PM

    Fridge magnets, shot glasses and souvenir photo frames

    By Maria van Hamersveld on October 12, 2012 4:45 AM

    Ceramic tiles and any small original handcrafted souvenirs (and not "made in China" or so) by local artisans

    By Amanda Russell on November 15, 2012 10:23 AM

    Fridge magnets. Easy and small and affordable. Oh and those little animals with the wobbly head. haha. Cute.

    By bills on September 9, 2013 4:58 PM

    I really like the idea of the tiles. Are there any tile contractors in Portland, OR in case I can find some tiles?

    By Hilary on November 26, 2013 12:38 PM

    I love collecting things on road trips! However, I need to find new auto insurance in Norwalk, OH before I go on another trip... Any suggestions on where to go for this?


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