I’ve never been the souvenir buying type. Whenever I go travelling, I’d much rather take lots of photos and do something with them when I get home, instead of spending money in souvenir shops. Postcards are about the most I’ll purchase – either for my best friend back home who has a huge collection of them or to add them to a travel scrapbook. My favourite thing to bring back from travelling is tickets. I have a very good memory when it comes to remembering dates and I like to look back on a travelling trip a few years on and think ‘I was in (insert place name here) a few years ago today!’. Tickets really help me remember dates, so they’re valuable to me during a travelling trip and it’s important that I don’t throw them away. Tickets are something I never get bored of looking at. Looking through them brings back so many memories.
This year, I’ve started to put a scrapbook together, combining my travelling photos and tickets. I’m quite arty, so I really like this sort of thing – collaging together the things I’ve collected. I’ve even held on to some Czech and Polish currency to glue into my book, or alternately I’ll just do some wax crayon rubbings of the coins. I figured I’d do something creative with all of my tickets and maps, instead of just storing them in a box somewhere, collecting dust. My travelling tickets are important to me and it’s nice to do something productive with them.
To put this into perspective, other than photos, my only souvenirs of Elvis’ Graceland and the Grand Ole Opry are my tickets. You can probably see now why I have such a personal connection to them. Some people might think they’re just a piece of paper, but to me they’re so much more. They’re paper evidence of all of the trips I’ve ever been on and the places I’ve visited.
If there’s anything I want you to take from this post, it’s to consider collecting tickets. You could turn them into artwork or show them to friends in the future.
Thank you for reading my blog today.
What do you collect when you go travelling?