7 Souvenirs to Collect in your Travels

Whenever I travel, I bring a piece of that place with me. I regard experiences as a higher order of souvenir that exists. However little materialistic items, ranging from $.50 to $10 doesn’t hurt.

Souvenirs (range from $5 to $50) are great items to purchase abroad without having to go through a big customs line on arrival.

Here is a list of souvenirs that I usually collect during my travels

Fridge Magnets

Fridge Magnets are a great souvenir to collect and keep. Prices for fridge magnets range from $3.99 to $7.99. I pick up unique images or iconic images of the city that I visit.

The fridge magnets hang on the fridge door, when I arrive home.

Magnets on my Fridge Door

Fridge Magnets can be easily found in any local gift shops, souvenir shop, etc.

Fridge Magnets ~ Image from a souvenir shop in San Francisco, California


Post-cards are lovely souvenirs to keep. It occupies very little space and also costs less than a dollar.


I collect and keep them in a binder. Another option is to use traditional photo albums and storing the cards.


Coffee Mugs are great collectibles too. Most mugs range from $5 to $10 a piece. I keep some mugs in my bookcase and some I use everyday! Coffee in San Francisco Mug keeps me happy ūüôā

Souvenir from San Francisco : My Coffee Mug


Photographs are immense source of travel memories. People take a lot of pictures of the iconic bridge or building, but always remember to take lots of pictures of you and your loved ones in a new city.  Your pictures in a new city will be your treasured memories forever and a source of stories for future generations .

In the pictures above ~ Elvis Presley and me in Las Vegas Strip. Slipping a drink with the Golden Gate Bridge in the backdrop.

Knick – Knacks

Sometimes I also collect showpiece items or knick -knacks like the London Telephone Booth, Indian Auto-rickshaw, Las Vegas Paris Hotel

Prices of such items range from $8 to $25

Collectibles from my travels

Coins and Currency

Coins and currency left over from a trip can be collected as souvenirs. I consider them as free souvenirs.

You can collect and store them in coin jars or coin albums ~ neatly labeled with the country’s name.


Key Chains

I love collecting key-chains. Sometimes I buy 2 (of the same city) – one for regular usage and one as keepsake. I have a box full of key-chains. Sometime in the future, I plan on getting a cork board and clipping all key-chains to it.

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These are my favorite list of souvenirs that I normally collect. What do you collect in your travels?


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