Plain and simple – I am a hoarder when I travel.
Anything that I can get my hands on, which remind me of the place that I am visiting, I take with me. This includes everything from ticket stubs to globes to flags. And the more I travel, the larger my collections get. I have a giant cardboard box in my closet at home (in Arizona) where I keep everything, and it must weigh at least 70 pounds now.
Here is a look at some of my collections, laid out on my floor at home:
I know, it’s kind of crazy. But the thought that one day (in my future house) I’ll have a “travel room” which will be covered in memorabilia from all over the world really makes me excited!
In this post, I’d like to share with you all of my travel collections that I maintain while trotting around the globe. Feel free to laugh at me, or comment below and share your travel collections!
My Obnoxious Travel Collections
1) City Maps
This is without a doubt my most “loyal” collection.
Since I moved to Prague to study abroad in January of 2012, I have snapped a map of every single city that I’ve been to (over 250 cities). They are in all different shapes, sizes, and languages – which is the coolest part!
2) Country Flags
This is one that I wish I started about 15 countries earlier, but as of today, I have about 40 different country flags that I’ve purchased in the respective countries.
I have flags in all different sizes, from big ones that I can wear as a cape to small ones that are the size of my hand. I don’t know why, but I am fascinated by all the flags of the world and I have most of them memorized.
3) Drink Coasters
Every time I find myself in a bar, I snipe the drink coaster.
It’s one of the easiest collections to have, and it looks pretty awesome with all the different languages, designs and beers from around the world. I have many of them displayed in a frame at home.
4) Handstand Pictures
I know this is not collecting anything “physical,” but I think it’s worth sharing.
I usually do them in front of a major landmark or something famous that reminds me of that place. As of right now, I have done handstands in over 50 countries.
It’s funny, because when I started doing this, I was horrible at doing handstands. But now, it just comes natural ?
5) Glass Mugs of Local Beers
This one is a little more difficult, because mugs are harder to carry around.
But as of right now, I have over 10 glasses that I’ve gotten from different bars around the world. The glasses must have the local brewery carved on it, or I won’t take it!
6) Plane, Train & Other Ticket Stubs
Any ticket that I get my hands on, I save.
I am talking about plane tickets, train tickets, museum tickets, concert tickets, metro tickets, sporting events, live shows and any other ticket that I get, I bring them all with me.
These are the easiest things to hoard, so I have thousands in my collection. Call me crazy, but they will be great to sort through one day and I can look back at all the memories!
This is my favorite collection! I have money from more than 70 countries around the world. I haven’t missed a single country to date!
My favorite bills are Switzerland, Costa Rica and Singapore.
I have a fetish for globes. Ever since I was a little kid, I had a light up globe in my room and I would look at it every night before I went to bed. I would memorize the name of every country, region and capital city.
My globe collection can take on any shape or size. I have glass ones, plastic ones, blow up ones, globe keychains, and even little balls that have a globe painted on them.
Pretty much, anytime a sweet globe crosses my eye, I’ll buy it.
9) Country Patches
My old travel backpack is filled with patches from around the world.
However, I stopped this collection because it drew way too much unnecessary attention to me when I was in public. I already stand out like a sore thumb with my red hair, so this was just asking for it.
10) Beer Stickers
Whenever I am drinking a local bottle of beer, I snag the sticker! This is also very easy to keep with me, beacuse they virtually weigh nothing.
11) Chess Sets
Admittedly, I am a lifelong chess player. I used to play in tournaments around Arizona when I was in elementary school and I once took 10th place in the state of Arizona (yes, I have a trophy to prove it).
I never realized how much of a global game chess is, and it excites me everytime I see locals playing! Anytime I see a cool chess board at a local market, I buy it. Even if it’s a little expensive, I still go for it.
As of right now, I think I have 6 chess boards (Vietnam, Cambodia, Krakow, Prague, Seoul, Malaysia).
12) Silly Souvenirs
You know all of those things you see in souvenir shops where you’re like “Why would anyone think of buying this?” That is me who buys it.
I am talking about cultural keychains, magnets, photographs, little statues with famous landmarks on them, and anything else (cheap) that I can find.
I give you permission to make fun of me for this one…
Who doesn’t like to rep a shirt from a cool place around the world? I don’t always buy them, but I will if I attend a fun event (like the Rio Olympics) or at a big landmark (Taj Mahal).
Or sometimes when I am running low on clean shirts, I will buy a shirt to get me thru the trip!
Welp, that’s all of my travel collections for now (that I can think of)… Please comment below with your collections!