Gone are the days – for me – when I buy dozens of crappy souvenirs of a place – but I still love checking out souvenir shops and I also love hunting for something really special to take home to remember a place. Plus I’ve got a young son – and kids are notorious for looking for the rubbishy souvenirs, right?
That’s why I was so interested to talk to these three great guests about what kind of souvenirs they bring back from their travels.
I also promised during the episode to share a couple of photos of souvenirs around our house. These prints of St Basil’s Cathedral and Dubrovnik aren’t some I bought while actually there – I was backpacking and couldn’t carry anything extra – but I love them and enjoy them from my dining table.
And my son and I are always transported back to Iceland and Germany when we look at his ornamental puffins and seagull. These little characters take part in lots of games around our house and fortunately have learnt to speak English (because we really struggled when the puffins would only chat to us in Icelandic!!!!).
Show notes: Episode 42 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast
Great Travel Souvenirs
What do you bring back from a trip besides photographs and stories? I talked with three Australian travellers about their favourite souvenirs and how important they are as a means for remembering travel experiences.
Sarah Ridout lived abroad in France, England and Ireland for over a decade before returning to Australia, and she collected a very smart kind of souvenir so that she’s constantly reminded of those experiences. Following Sarah, I chat with Julie Jones who explained that the kinds of souvenirs she and her family bring home from a trip have changed over the years. Holly Galbraith then chats with me about her aim to have ethically sourced souvenirs from her travels.
- Thoughtful Travellers Facebook group
- Sarah Ridout’s website
- Sarah’s novel Le Chateau – hard copy (in Australia)
- Le Chateau in Kindle version
- Julie’s blog Have Wheelchair Will Travel
- Have Wheelchair Will Travel Facebook community
- Holly Galbraith’s website
- Holly’s Tourism Upgrade podcast