If you love to travel as much as I do, you might always be on the lookout for little souvenirs that you can bring back for your friends and loved ones. You want something that represents the places that you’ve been to, but isn’t too tacky to wrap up for a gift. In some cases, the gift buying can become the most expensive part of your vacation. And if the gifts weigh more than your baggage allowance, you’re in trouble!
Sometimes it’s quite tricky to figure out what would make a good gift for someone. You’ve got to consider what it’s made of if you’re not allowed to bring food or organic items back into the country. Why not think about how your loved ones are feeling in your absence? Chances are you’ve been feeling a bit homesick. Your friends and family are probably missing you just as much. Can this inspire any gift ideas?
When you travel a lot, you can collect loyalty points, rewards, and air miles. Have you ever thought about sending these back home and inviting a friend out to join you for a few days? This doesn’t cost you anything, and it means you can share your wonderful experiences with a loved one. Best of all, your friend gets a much-needed break away for free! Traveling is good for the soul, but the experience and memories can be even better when shared with someone you love.
Do you ever send postcards when you are away? They are a lovely way to let someone know you’re thinking of them and you can show them where you’ve been. The trouble is, most of us are exploring more and more exotic locations that lack souvenir shops. You can create postcards from your own photos, or send video messages when you get back to a WiFi area. These are great ways to keep in touch, and they can be a wonderful way for others to get a taste of your experiences.
If you travel a lot for long periods, why not schedule a stop back home? A surprise visit, no matter how fleeting, can be a fabulous gift for those who are missing you most. Time it for a big occasion like a birthday or anniversary. It doesn’t mean you’re not still traveling, rather you include a familiar country in your itinerary!
Lots of us like to travel along the tourist trails. That gives you plenty of access to souvenir shops. You can often find local artists and craft makers close to these locations. Why not choose something similar from each of your stops? Themed gifts can be very welcome because they become a collection. You might choose paintings of native animals or carved bead bracelets. Something that represents the region you are exploring could be best. How you collate them or present them could be important too.
While it’s never necessary or even expected of you when you travel, bringing home gifts can be wonderfully welcome. It shows you’ve thought of your loved ones despite having such a fantastic time in their absence. Best of all, it means you can share your experience.
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