I’m not much of a souvenir collector in my travels. I’ve always wanted to find something to collect, but I also usually try to to avoid clutter at home. Having said that, apparently I do keep a collection of airline amenity kits…(sigh).
I’ve flown close to 2 million miles in my life, and lately much of this travel is relatively mundane business trips within the US. Since becoming a father, my travel has picked up a fair amount, so that has been a challenge especially for my wife at home. One thing I’ve come up with is to send post cards from some of my more unique travels or longer trips. One of my grandmothers was a world traveler after she retired. I still remember the postcards I received from her travels in Greece, Hawaii, Mexico and more.
I didn’t appreciate it so much at the time, but now especially that she is no longer living, I really cherish them even more. My daughter is a few years away from being at an age where she could even read these postcards, but if she doesn’t really appreciate them now, hopefully she will some day. Better yet, this is a simple and inexpensive (if quaint) way to remember a trip. I of course take countless photos, but I’ve found these postcards are a nice tangible item to bring from a trip.
Vintage DC-8 postcard via Flickr (CC BY 2.0)
Do you still send postcards in your travels? What other ways do you document the places you visit?