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I’ve been travelling around the world since as long as I can remember. My parents took me on countless trips when I was young and I was always fascinated by the idea of travel. However, I never understood why people would buy items (a.k.a. souvenirs) to remember a certain place.. I mean I believe you should collect memories and perhaps photos, but the fact of collecting physical items to remember a place always puzzled me.
I travel differently than most in that I don’t stay longer than three days in one specific place (unless it is for a longer beach holiday or if I’m visiting family). I also travel differently in that I don’t try to do all of the tourist stuff that a new city or place has to offer – I’d rather just walk around exploring on my own without any certain plans. There are of course exceptions to this, like visiting the Golden Gate Bridge when in San Francisco, for example.
I’ve never really collected souvenirs from places I’ve visited. I just don’t see the value in buying an item that will be sitting around somewhere (probably in a box), and I’d look at it once every few years… I don’t remember my travels through items, but rather through memories and photos. In fact, I think that photos and memories are the best souvenirs since they’re stored with you all the time – and they’re not physical items.
I think buying souvenirs not only makes you spend unnecessary money (often a lot.. since souvenirs cost a premium) and also I think no one is overly happy about having a physical item rather than an incredible memory from a place they’ve visited. Maybe I feel this way because I’m a minimalist and all of my possessions fit into one carry-on bag and one checked-bag, but I believe it is much more important to collect memories rather than souvenirs, as memories can be recalled anywhere and anytime.
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