Do you come home from your travels with items destined for your junk drawer? Ask yourself these 5 questions and you will buy the best souvenirs ever.
5 Rules That Will Help You Buy the Best Souvenirs Ever
learn the secret to coming home with meaningful memories
Think about your souvenirs…
- Good souvenirs :
- Bring back memories
- Make you smile
- Have a use
- Crappy souvenirs:
- Were only funny that one time
- Are pretty much useless
- Never leave your drawer/box/closet
Five questions will help you buy the best souvenirs ever.
Never buy crappy souvenirs again!
Five questions to ask before buying souvenirs
- Does it fit in your bag right now?
- Is it popular where you are right now?
- Is it something you can use?
- Do you want it because it’s funny?
- Are you at a souvenir shop right now?
We’ll look at these one at a time.
Does it fit in your bag right now?
- Size matters
- Smaller is better
- If you have to ship it, it’s too big
- Don’t buy a bigger bag just for a souvenir If it fits in your bag easily, go for it.
Good choice: a scarf
Bad choice: a floor lamp
- While on vacation…
- You’ll see things you’ve never seen before
- Certain items will be popular where you are
- You want buy a unique souvenir, but that doesn’t mean you should.
Examples: baggy Thai pants, hula skirts, local alcohol, batik shirts
Is it something you can use?
- Do not get anything that has no function
- Things that are “for looking”
Exception: artwork. But don’t forget the previous two rules.
Good choice: a bottle-opener
Bad choice: a snowglobe
Are you buying it because it’s funny?
- It will not last the test of time
- Stupid T-shirts: “One tequila, two tequila, three tequila, floor”, “I love to fart”, etc.
- Something to trick your friends
- Anything with boobs or butts on it
Apparently people buy this crap. Don’t be one of them.
Are you at a souvenir shop?
- Just because it’s in a store doesn’t mean it’s any good.
- Shops have tons of tourist garbage
- Some things only look nice next to other crap
- Think about the photobook you’ll make when you get home (click here to learn how).
Exception: you missed the chance to exchange your foreign currency.
- Souvenirs have a job: bring back memories of your travels.
- If your souvenirs aren’t doing that job, you have souvenirs that suck.
You’re ready to get the best souvenirs ever. Now you know the 5 questions to ask.