My Instagram feed is awash with images of friends on holidays! The azure waters of the Greek Islands & the long days of an Italian summer not only make my feet itch slightly, but spark my souvenir-hunting sense.
I think the word 'souvenir' gets a really bad rap. Yes, I am a collector of curiosities & things of beauty, but I am just as much a collector of memories. While I may choose a piece for its time-worn look or because I love the paper it's printed on, I am more likely to bring something home because I love the story or memory that goes with it.
I want to conjure up all the romance of travel and the idea of coming into the port of a place that was so foreign, the desire to take a piece as a memento was too strong to deny. Souvenirs were often made by local artisans for visiting tourists (also a word that gets a hard time). Things like shell cameos from the Amalfi Coast, Native American beaded purses from Niagara Falls, pin cushions out of conch shells from the Bahamas.
So as you set out on your own adventures, keep your wits about you and look not only for the thing of beauty, but look a little deeper for the tale that might accompany it. You'll hold onto your travel memories long after your tan fades, and bring a little more magic back into your home.