Even if you’re a guru at applying everything in moderation, when you’e constantly seeing and discovering new things on the road, sometimes it’s hard not to get caught up in the impulse shopping fray.

Define Your Souvenirs

I love to have something to remember a destination or experience by. But most traditional souvenirs are useless to me – fridge magnets are hardly practical for full-time travelers.

So instead, I tend to choose an item that (for me) both defines an experience or place, and is a practical complement to my one-bag traveling entourage. Ideally, my new item replaces something else that has worn out, so the new purchase isn’t an extra weight/bulk.

Many of these souvenirs might not be obviously from that country, but every time I put it on or use it, I’ll know where I got it. Items like clothing, jewelry, scarves, and little things like replacement travel journals make great souvenirs. I even got a teeny coffee maker from Vietnam, which is my one real luxury item that helps me recreate (or at least recall) some of the best coffee I ever drank.

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