I'm from New Zealand and I'm currently living in Frankfurt, Germany with my boy! We are working hard and trying to travel around Europe little by little. We left only a few boxes of books and things behind in NZ and only took a suitcase full of clothes each. I am a natural collector of cute things, but now that we are overseas and moving around I have to be careful to keep the belongings to a minimum! I thought I would share a little bit about my plan that compromises collecting cute souvenirs with travel in mind.
1. Postcards (are a traveling girls best friend).
I think of these as little art prints and they are so affordable! In each city we visit I try to get a couple of postcards that show something iconic about the city. I try and pick pretty ones that look like art, but I do have some tacky ones just for fun :) I envisage a wall in my 'one-day' home where they are all displayed in little frames as an eclectic group. It will be like a visual map of the places we went. The best thing? They are flat and weigh like 0grams! My suitcase will probably be lined with postcards by the time I settle somewhere! How fun will it be to go through them all?!
2. Souvenir Brooches.
I started collecting these as they are tiny and can be found at any souvenir store. I choose the cutest icon of the city we're visiting (sometimes 2..!) and I kinda love the tackiness of the fake gold outlines around the bright colours! They're quite nice little objects when you really look at them and I think they could look really cool pinned somewhere all together one day.
3. Random Travel Ephemera.
We have unintentionally thrown scraps of our travel adventures into a drawer. These are just random bits of everyday- train tickets, exhibition and museum tickets, beer coasters (plenty in Germany!) flight tickets, receipts……. Alone, they are pretty unremarkable, but together they form a nice little collection of travel ephemera! I'm keeping this kinda stuff, as again, it's lightweight and flat, and maybe one day I'll make a little album/book or display with them.
So that's my "how-to-travel-light-while-still-collecting-pieces-to-remember-by'' plan! So far I have a nice little collection and I do have to be careful to limit myself sometimes as these things may be small and lightweight, but they will add up! (Slightly heavy but I couldn't resist these little wooden clogs from Amsterdam!)
Thanks for having me, Moorea!! And get well please! :)