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1. Posted by whereshego (Budding Member 22 posts) 10y

So you can´t buy much as you are traveling light....if you had to pick only one, what would it be and from where?

Me? There was an amazing blown glass mask in Venice.

2. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 10y

This book made out of coconut products that I piced up in Thailland. I still have all my best Thailand pictures in it and it brings back the Thai feel, just by looking at the book. Weighs about 100 grams, so nice and light as well as sturdy to travel with :)

3. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 10y

My first big conch shell from Jamaica. It was given to me by the life guard at the hotel beach, and he also became a good friend. I hand carried it back home so nothing would happen to it. Yes, I still have it and a few (hundred) more - I'm a shell of any size or kind fanatic.

4. Posted by Pardus (Respected Member 2356 posts) 10y

Quoting Isadora

My first big conch shell from Jamaica. It was given to me by the life guard at the hotel beach, and he also became a good friend. I hand carried it back home so nothing would happen to it. Yes, I still have it and a few (hundred) more - I'm a shell of any size or kind fanatic.

Is this a hint for a 'Send Shells to Isadora'-Thread? The Postcards not good enough anymore, eh?

I think, for me the best souvenirs are memories, but if I'd be pushed, I'd have to say, my 'Desert Rose' one of the guides in Tunisia gave me. The value is not that it's unique (you could get in many shops but they are very expensive) but that it's been an unexpected gift - this guy just went off one day and when he came back he handed me those most beatiful pieces of rock...

5. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 10y

Quoting Pardus

Quoting Isadora

My first big conch shell from Jamaica. It was given to me by the life guard at the hotel beach, and he also became a good friend. I hand carried it back home so nothing would happen to it. Yes, I still have it and a few (hundred) more - I'm a shell of any size or kind fanatic.

Is this a hint for a 'Send Shells to Isadora'-Thread? The Postcards not good enough anymore, eh?

It was not a hint - but if you are offering... I see mustard as a thank you gift...

6. Posted by Blitz198 (Full Member 99 posts) 10y

When I went to Aruba we went off roading and my dad was driving and he's an insane driver...so he drove through a catus patch and there was a thorn the size of my pinkie finger stuck in the seat right next to my head (my temple to be exact). A little further over and it would've killed me. But it was cool, and I still have it.

7. Posted by vampyren (Budding Member 39 posts) 10y

Experience, memories and hopefully the wisdom gained from them. If any objects collected along the way outrank these, then.......... why travel?

8. Posted by cikusang (Respected Member 1361 posts) 10y

Experience, memories and hopefully the wisdom gained from them

You are right! Have those written in my small booklet perhaps a few short phrases would be good enough! (sticking one small leaf of that country onto the booklet is memorable enough OR having a small rough paper/dried leaves sketched few lines/dots/shading on a particular scene would help me to enjoy the day to the fullest ) Not necessarily have to tag along with the camera and other stuffs - make it simple and comfortable - a diary, pen/pencil and some rough papers...

Experiences and memories are easy to gain for most of the travellers BUT wisdow and understanding are not easy for everyone to juggle along with the memories they have.

9. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 10y

I bought a large carved wooden sheild when I was in Fiji and had to change my entire packing scheme. But, it is now on my wall and it reminds me of my Fiji experience when I look at it. Pain in the butt to get home, but glad I made the effort.

10. Posted by steff (Travel Guru 1160 posts) 10y

For me the most special souvenir is selfmade jewellery I get from the locals in a country. I either buy them of stands along the road and on markets or people just gave it to me as a present. Of course I can´t wear it all at the same time, but for special occasions I love my wooden ring from Spain, my "fancy" earings from Brazil or the paua shell necklace from New Zealand. A beautiful memory of a country and its people.