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1. Posted by BritHockey (Full Member 34 posts) 11y

What unusual souvenirs do you have from your (Interrail) journeys?

When I went on my only full month Interrail trip, I took one of the leaflets that had the map inside, and stuck it on some card. I took it with me on the trip.

I had planned 15 countries in 30 days as a "taster". In each country I stopped in at the post office and bought a pictorial stamp, stuck it to the map in the right spot and asked the clerk (somehow) to postmark it. Proof of my whole journey in map form.

It was tough keeping it flat and dry for a whole month, but it was worth it!

2. Posted by NiuMei84 (Full Member 113 posts) 11y

Uhm,well I don't know if it's unusual or not but from my last trip I collected different kind of keyrings from every place I went.Now they're hanging in the back of my bookcase.;)

3. Posted by daveh (Travel Guru 1027 posts) 11y

My friend asks people to collect magnets for his fridge from various countries. Sounds a bit boring but when he has house parties it's amazing how everyone congregates round the fridge and the travel stories start.

4. Posted by MattXIII (Full Member 272 posts) 11y

A peeing buddha from the Terracota Warriors.
You put it in a small bowl of cold water, then pour hot water on it and it shoots out a jet of water from it's willy.

5. Posted by mtlchica (Respected Member 922 posts) 11y

I get shot glasses from everywhere I go....plus my friends get me them when they travel. I really like the fridge magnet idea though....a friend of mine has that on her fridge as well, and the same thing happens! Everyone starts talking about their travels and how they want to go here and there. It's great!

Cheers,
Katie ;)

6. Posted by Twinkle (Travel Guru 1112 posts) 11y

My mate collects bizarre and tacky things from all over the world!I was in Italy a couple of months ago and came across possibly the most cheap and tacky souvenier I have ever seen, in Rome.....a glow in the dark pope ornament, partaking in a lewd act which shall I say, without trying to come across un-P.C, I didnt think "men of the cloth" were supposed to!Without encouraging people to mock religion, it was a purchase I could simply not resit and it now stands proudly alongside his other tacky trinkets on his shelf at home!

7. Posted by areinstein (Travel Guru 2788 posts) 11y

I dont collect anything but my mom does...she makes me get her a turtle in every country I visit. The more unusual looking, the better. It always ends up being such a mission looking for her silly turtles but when she is happy with my choices that makes it all worth it.

8. Posted by Pati (Full Member 120 posts) 11y

I collect handbags, magnets for my fridge and key rings...sometimes if it’s possible I try to get some natural things like dry flowers or shells if I visit some beaches...my friend likes to collect ceramic angels, she has a big collection in her house – unimaginable kind of angels...

9. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

I do the magnet thing too...And a book from each area/town/city I visit.
I do not recommend this to anyone. If I knew then what I know now...I would have collected much 'lighter' things. Books are a pain in the butt to move!! (especially when you have a few thousand of them)

10. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 11y

Not quite what is normally mean't by souvenirs, but amongst others i've acquired 2 sets of crutches on my trips...

I'm not really a collector of anything now, mainly because i move house so often i try and avoid aquiring lots of extra things/clutter. In the UK i used to collect postcard maps of places i had been when i was younger.

One thing i do often do (although it's not something i make any special effort with) is try and get a CD or two of local music from odd places, either normal pop/rock etc stuff - yes i have a huge collection of obscure and mostly dire euro pop - or traditional music