What’s the one thing you buy in each city or country you visit?
I know there are a lot of you collectors out there but I’m curious about what you guys actually collect when you’re on the road?
I feel like it’s one of those things where early on when you started travelling you had to make a call on what was that one item that could be universally found in each city or country and that’s what you stuck to.
For me it all started with magnets and as you can see my magnet collection has grown quite a bit. I no longer can fit them all on one side of the fridge. I’ve started to assimilate the other side of the fridge as well. These are fun to collect because they’re typically pretty easy to find and sometimes you can find really unique ones out there.
As with magnets I started a trend of sending postcards back home and to friends from every city I went to. I have a whole box of these stashed somewhere and I tried to do something creative with them on the wall of my room but it really didn’t turn out that great. I feel like post cards is one of those things I really want to stop doing because:
- It’s a pain in the butt to find stamps sometimes
- Same goes for finding a place to drop off the post cards although its usually a lot easier
- I’m always crunched for time to write them and I’ll usually just scribble something quick before I’m off ot the next city.
- It’s stressful man!
But because it’s been such a tradition I might just keep on doing it. But honestly I really do have to pencil in time to make sure the postcards go out so I hope all y’all that receive the effort I put into them 😉
In the last 3 years, I thought I’d make things a little more interesting by starting to collect country patches as well. I feel like as with the magnets, this one has been the most rewarding – to see my bag slowly fill up with patches of all the countries I’ve been to + the PADI since I got my certification. I made a decision to stick to countries because learning from postcards I didn’t want to have the stress of finding a patch in every city I went to. Plus country flags are more recognizable right? The only time I couldn’t find a patch of a country was in Palau but I don’t blame them – being a small country and all.
How about you?
So how about you? What do you collect? I’d love to hear from you! Is it magnets? pins? patches? flags? dolls? (okay I don’t really know). Leave your comments below!