When it comes to traveling, I am a crazy hoarder.
Anything that I can get my hands on, that reminds me of the place that I am visiting, I take with me. This includes everything from ticket stubs to valuable chess sets. As I’ve traveled more and more, my collections are getting larger and larger. I am completely obsessed.
I know, it’s kind of crazy. But the idea is that, one day (in my future house) I’ll have a “travel room” where I can decorate it with everything that I’ve obtained from around the world! To me, it’s all about the nostalgia and memories. I want to be able to look at something and it will instantly bring me back to that time in my life.
So, in this post, I’d like to share with you all of my travel collections that I have while trotting around the globe.
Please comment and share your travel collections with me as well!
1) City Maps:
Since I moved to Prague to study abroad in January of 2012, I have collected a map of every single city that I’ve been to (over 70 cities). They are in all different shapes, sizes, and languages.
I keep them stored in a box at my house, and I can’t wait to open it one day and decorate my walls!
2) Country Flags:
I have flags in all different sizes, from big ones that I can wear as a “cape” to small ones that are the size of my hand. I don’t know why, but I am fascinated by all the flags of the world.
3) Drink Coasters:
I have many of them displayed in a frame at home, and they looks really cool in a collage together. It’s one of the easiest collections to have, and it looks pretty awesome with all the different languages, designs and beers from around the world.
Of course, I try to always grab a coaster with a picture of the local beer!
4) Handstand Pictures:
I usually do them in front of a major landmark or something famous that reminds me of that place. As of right now, I have over 25 handstand pics in over 25 countries.
It’s funny, because when I started doing this, I was horrible at doing handstands. But now, it just comes natural 😉
5) Glass Mugs of Local Beers:
But as of right now, I have over 10 glasses that I’ve gotten from different bars around the world.
The glasses must have the local brewery or beer on it, or I won’t take it!
6) Tickets on Tickets:
I am talking about plane tickets, train tickets, museum tickets, concert tickets, metro tickets, sporting events, live shows and any other ticket that I get, I bring them all with me.
They are really easy to keep, so I have hundreds and hundreds in my collection. Call me crazy, but they will be great to sort through one day and I can look back at all the memories!
I wish that so many European countries didn’t all use the “Euro,” because then I would have at least 15 more unique bills.
Anyways, I took this photo at home when before I moved to Asia, so now I have all over 15 more bills from Asian countries.
8) Country Patches:
While this is a pretty cool collection, it sometimes causes issues. Specifically, when I am in dangerous areas or in large public areas where I already stand out, my backpack draws too much unnecessary attention. I already stand out like a sore thumb with my red hair, so I always try to be as incognito as possible…
I recently purchased a black waterproof cover for my backpack, so I use that every time I am in public. It’s kind of a pain in the ass, so I must get a new backpack and put this one away for a while!
9) Chess Boards:
By traveling, I’ve realized that many other people around the world love chess just as much as I do! Anytime I see a cool chess board at a local market, I buy it. Even if it’s a little expensive, I still go for it.
As of right now, I think I have 6 chess boards (Vietnam, Cambodia, Krakow, Prague, Seoul, Malaysia).
10) Silly Souveneirs:
I am talking about cultural keychains, photographs, little statues with famous landmarks on them, and anything else (cheap) that I can find.
Yes, I give you permission to make fun of me…
Or something when I am running low on clean laundry, I will buy a shirt to get me thru the trip!
Most of the time (in my opinion), the most touristy shirts are the best ones!
I have a fetish for globes. Ever since I was a little kid, I had a light up globe in my room and I would look at it every night before I went to bed. I would memorize the name of every country, region and capital city.
My globe collection can take on any shape or size. I have glass ones, plastic ones, blow up ones, globe keychains, and even little balls that have a globe painted on them.
Pretty much, anytime a sweet globe crosses my eye, I’ll buy it.
I have all sorts of magazines from Japanese anime porn to Sri Lankan politics to Korean golf.
They will be fun to look through one day in the future.
14) Any ideas what my next travel collection should be?!