My Obnoxious Travel Collections

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: 

Screen Shot 2014-06-30 at 11.27.42 AMThis is without a doubt my most “loyal” collection.

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: 

Screen Shot 2014-06-30 at 11.28.55 AMI wish that I started this collection about 12 countries earlier, but as of today, I have about 25 different country flags that I’ve purchased in the respected country itself.

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: 

Screen Shot 2014-06-30 at 11.29.25 AMEvery time I am in a bar, I snipe the drink coaster.

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: 

IMG_9827I know this is not collecting anything “physical,” but I think it’s worth sharing.

I like to do handstands all over the world.

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: 

Screen Shot 2014-06-30 at 11.31.09 AMThis one is a little more difficult, because mugs are harder to carry around.

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:

Screen Shot 2014-06-30 at 11.32.13 AMAny ticket that I get my hands on, I save.

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!

7) Currencies:

Screen Shot 2014-07-01 at 11.44.43 AMThis is my ultimate, #1 favorite collection:  Money from around the world.  I haven’t missed a single country to date!

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:

IMG_4017My travel backpack has slowly gotten more colorful, as I continue to add country patches from around the world.

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:

Screen Shot 2014-06-30 at 11.33.34 AMAdmittedly, I am a lifelong chess player.  I used to play in tournaments around Arizona when I was in elementary school and I’ve always enjoyed playing chess.

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:

photoYes, all of those things that you see in souveneir shops where you’re like “Why would anyone think of buying this?”  That is me who buys it.

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…

11) Shirts:

Screen Shot 2014-07-07 at 1.22.39 PMWho doesn’t like to wear a shirt from a cool place around the world?  I don’t always buy them, but I will if I see something cool.

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!


12) Globes:

Screen Shot 2014-07-07 at 1.19.59 PMI 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.


13) Magazines:

Screen Shot 2014-07-07 at 1.24.33 PMScreen Shot 2014-07-07 at 1.24.33 PM Screen Shot 2014-07-07 at 1.25.26 PMI think it’s awesome to collect magazines from different countries.  Of course, I will only buy it if it has the local language inside.  Why would I ever buy an English magazine?  That’s no fun!

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?!


14 thoughts on “My Obnoxious Travel Collections

  1. Weird question, but how do you get this stuff home? I assume you dont have 10x beer glasses in your backpack right now, or countless chess pieces rummaging around at the bottom of your bag? Do you mail stuff back to your parents address in the States? Or do you drop back home to parents occasionally?

    1. Haha that is a great question! About every 6 weeks, I ship a box home because my backpack has too much shit in it. It’s not as expensive as you’d think to ship overseas (usually $10-15!)


  2. I’m basically the same way when I travel. When it comes to city maps I always ask someone where something is and usually they mark up the map which I think is cool to look back on. Every time I go some where I grab a postcard (usually with alot of pictures). I keep a journal and love to write about my experiences ( it’s also the place I keep my ticket stubs and anything else I can paste in there). So on the back of my postcard I write about the place what I liked, a certain moment, or a person that impacted me during my time there (also always make sure to date it). I feel like it’s a good way to sum up my adventure. Plus postcards are always an easy find. It’s fun to look back on when your home and bored. Like any person I also collect random things like a lil statue, clothing of some type that’s popular at the place, or a lot of times at a place where I felt really alive, happy, and peaceful I take a rock from around where I was standing. Then when I’m stressed or have to make a tough decision I hold the rock and it takes me back to that peaceful place and mindset.

  3. Cool collections dude. I also collect flags, but I stick to the 5×3′ huge ones. Only Macao turned out to be impossible to find.
    For your next chess set, Mexico is huge on set and in most of the pyramid locations, they have “pyramid themed” chess sets. I bought one of solid stone but it turned out to be too heavy so I gave it to a friend in Korea.

  4. I really liked reading about all the things you collect! It made me realize that we actually collect more than I thought- money, coasters, and tickets as of now. My boyfriend collects collar pins with the flag of each country on it – which can be a lot harder to find than you would think! These are small and it combines the flag (which he used to collect) and the pin in one – he found that flags can get too bulky. Happy travels on your 6 month adventure!

  5. I have all my city maps on my wall at the moment, they are one of my most prized possessions strangely. Unfortunately when I move from Australia and to Japan soon I’m not sure what I’m going to do with them. Do I take them? carry on the collection or collect them and wait till I’m more stable to hang them. With all the maps plus the tickets and other little memorabilia its a days work it pin them all #travelersproblems.

    Love the coaster idea

    1. haha thanks for your comment!! I would def say not to bring everything, and wait until you’re more stable.. Just throw everything in a box and open it up one day in the future! It’s much easier to travel without all that stuff anyways… Where in Australia and Japan are you going? I am going to Sydney in 3 weeks!

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