posted 2 months ago in Travel
Post # 2
1943 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

daniellemc :  I usually to pick up a rock or sand from my travels. It’s fun if you put the name on them and then can remember each place it is from!

Post # 3
1217 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

We get a Christmas ornament on each vacation 

Post # 4
2427 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2017 - Outside in Paris

We do ornaments but the spoon collections look cool in shadow boxes. 

Post # 5
7111 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

We also do Christmas ornaments. I love putting them on the tree as we remember each vacation.

DH recently suggested we do something new as we have so many ornaments so perhaps I’ll find a new idea on this thread.

Post # 6
9702 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2015

When I traveled for work I did cookbooks. Now Christmas ornaments.

Post # 7
45551 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I buy jewelry when I travel. I’m not a collection person, if it involves stuff I don’t use.

Post # 8
791 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

We like to get a snow globe in every city we visit. Like the super cheap cheesy ones in the souvenir shops!

Post # 9
7758 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

I also like collecting magnets. What about postcards?

Post # 10
4993 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

daniellemc :  I do magnets too, but I pick them up from all the national parks/monuments that I visit.  They’re pretty pictures and take up no space.  If I were you I’d stick with the magnet plan for that reason, just changing the type you choose.  One thing I do if a park is too small to have them is purchase a postcard and make my own.  Maybe there’s something state-like that you can do.  Or just try ebay each time you visit a new state – there are probably plenty there.

Post # 11
2325 posts
Buzzing bee

When we travel overseas we collect notes and coins in every denomination, so we have a glass top coffee table full of notes and coins from every country we’ve visited. 

Also, I don’t know how this came about but I have a collection of thong/flipflop keyrings from random places too. 

Post # 12
4357 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 1997

Charms for a bracelet? Keychains? Christmas ornaments? Even postcards could end up making an awesome mural or cork board. My mum has a coffee mug from everyplace she’s been.

Post # 13
1739 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

daniellemc :  aww, what a bummer! My husband and I are state highpointers (we aim to climb/visit the highest natural point in every state) So I feel you, bee. What about patches? Or stickers? Or I’m sure you could find the magnets on eBay/Etsy if you don’t mind not actually getting  them from the rest stop itself. Also, I think a collection of different objects could be fun!

ETA: I love the idea of getting a postcard from each state (because postcards are easy) and then cutting it in the shape of the state and putting together a map with them!

Post # 14
1032 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2017

One of my good friends collects pins.  My aunt collects thimbles but I doubt you want those!

Post # 15
435 posts
Helper bee

We buy decorative round plates. It seems like every country has some sort of plate, so each state should have them too.

How about those tiny license plates??? (Some come in keychain form.) Those always look so cool to me! Plus it’s perfect in terms of symbolism if it’s a road trip.

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