It’s always lovely to be able to bring back souvenirs and little mementos from trips so you can remember all the good times you had away from home. It’s even better when you can display these souvenirs around your home, so they’re always around to function not only as reminders, but also as unique decorations. Here are a few cheap and easy ways to make a regular house in a suburb like North Lakes feel like the home of a seasoned traveller.
There’s no souvenir more personal than a photograph, and we all know how going on holiday makes us a little too snap-happy. In the age of digital cameras, taking a few hundred photographs is commonplace – but instead of letting your holiday snaps sit on a hard drive somewhere, pick out a few of your favourites, print them out and display them in a few inexpensive picture frames. If you want to get a little bit more creative, you could create a collage out of the photographs for a unique piece of artwork to hang on your wall.
Much like photographs, postcards can be a personalised memento of where you’ve been, and are relatively inexpensive. If your trip involves jumping from city to city, or country to country, using postcards is a fun and quirky way to document your trip. You could collect postcards from different places and write journal-type entries on the back of them as you travel from place to place. You could keep them as you go along, or send them to yourself at home so that the postcards have a more authentic “travelling” feel. Use the postcards to make a postcard-collage wall to display your travels for all to see.
Being a tourist around a new city often means getting a map of your surroundings. If you look around your hotel lobby, you may find a nice, free fold-out map – but you can also buy them for relatively cheap at information booths. Look around the city, and you’re sure to find an aesthetically pleasing map of it somewhere. You can stick the map up on your wall and use it to document what you saw there, like an interactive poster. It’s just another cheap and creative way to remember your trip and have it double as a fetching decoration.
Magnets fall into the same category as key rings and snow globes in that you buy them to give to people you’ve forgotten to buy an actual, carefully thought-out souvenir for. It’s the fall-back gift. What is often overlooked is the decorating opportunities magnets afford when you buy them for yourself. Magnets can be both stylish and functional – use them to secure notes, ads and/or bills onto your fridge, so that every time you go to pay your water bill, you can be reminded of your holiday.
Just remember that expensive souvenirs aren’t necessarily the best way to immortalise your holiday; if you just use a little creativity, you can create a more memorable and personalised memento of your trip. Happy travelling!
About the author: Charlie Wentworth is a seasoned traveller, often contemplating putting up his house for sale to become a full-time globetrotter. He enjoys finding ways to make his travels thrifty yet memorable, and this forces him to get a little creative. When he’s not on a plane, Charlie can be found at home in North Lakes.