As I cleaned out the hall closet, I wondered about my sanity or lack of sanity. What possessed me to buy a plastic Statue of liberty, a fake rock from Linville Caverns, and a lei made from synthetic products right off the beaches of Maui? It seems to me that you can travel to a new locale and bring home a better memento from the trip. Explore my list below and see if any of theses choices work for you on your next vacation.
Bringing home a seashell is nothing different, but consider painting the travel dates on it. Or consider placing each new shell or even rock you gathered into your front lower garden or the pebbled area near your pool. It is cute, inexpensive, and ten years later the trip, not one is left wondering whether to keep it or throw it away.
My mother has multiple photo albums from each trip. I get it; she wants to capture the moment. But how many is too many? Consider a developing ongoing collage that holds the one staged picture from each trip. You could take one picture in the lobby of each place you attend. Less photo albums; but still a memory.
Leave a Souvenir
Buy a brick, give a donation, or subscribe to a local newsletter or foundation. Do a beach cleanup or work a soup kitchen, but leave a positive mark on where you travel. When my grandparents were getting ready to marry, they climbed Mt. Pisgah and buried coins for good luck. Since that time, all of the grandchildren and great-grandchildren have also climbed Mt. Pisgah and buried coins. Start a new tradition!
If you have kids in junior high or high school consider an entry diary for each trip. Diaries are smaller, kids love diaries, you can paste in photos, and you could make them on going. Words can do much more than a cheap memento to capture your vacation highlights.
Save your money, save your hall closet space, and re-think how you want to handle those vacation souvenirs. Repeat after me, no more plastic statues.