Do you have a collection of vacation souvenirs
— trinkets you pick up when you travel? Refrigerator magnets? T-shirts? Snow globes?
My parents collect Christmas tree ornaments. My niece used to collect air sickness bags. My kid collected keychains.
As for me, I collect earrings, the cheaper the better.
Over the years I’ve accumulated a pile of earrings, only rarely paying more than $10 or $15 for a pair. And I’ve decided that they make great souvenirs, at least if you have pierced ears, for the following reasons:
- They’re cheap. I’ve paid as little as $2 for a pair.
- They’re ubiquitous. Where are there not vendors selling earrings?
- People ask where you got them, and then you get to talk about vacation.
- If you lose them, it’s an excuse to go back for more.
Here are some of mine:
Clockwise from top: Turkey, Spain, Mexico, Russia, Arizona, Hawaii, Costa Rica. The leaf-shaped earrings at the beginning of this entry are from Finland.