Fun Things to Collect During Your Travels

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Have you ever gone to a foreign country only to enter one of their tourist shops and find that everything there is overpriced, cheaply made and extremely lame? Everyone seems to think that all that tourists want is a shirt, a sweatshirt, a useless little knick knack, a keychain, or a pen.

Not only do they provide you with these options that lack originality and creativity, they also like to charge you way too much for them. There has to be a better option for the traveler who wants to bring something home that holds more value than 10 cents worth of plastic.

Luckily enough, you can be creative enough to make up for every tourist shop in the world. Here are some fun things to collect during your travels that are much cooler than anything you would find in a run of the mill tourist shop.

spicesSalt and Spices

If you love to cook, or if you just love the way that different spices look while displayed in your kitchen, then this is a great option for you. Surprisingly, spices and salts do not come in one biological package. Each salt or spice is wonderfully diverse and colorful, and brings a life of it’s own to whatever food it garnishes.

Salt has been used for many different reasons throughout time. Did you know that if humans didn’t eat salt, they would die? Obviously doctors warn against too much salt because salt naturally dehydrates anything it comes into contact with, but it’s essential to the function of the body and ecosystems all around.

Salt, in particular, is very cheap to buy as it is extremely abundant in the world. If you take to collecting it on your travels, you’ll have a decorative, inexpensive hobby, as well as a resource that won’t deteriorate with time, as long as you keep it in a cool, dry place.


Though a common medium to collectors, currency is extremely fun to obtain. Each country has money that drastically differs from the rest of the world. Sometimes they make their money out of paper, sometimes out of metal. Sometimes it’s very colorful, and sometimes it’s not.

In any form, it will be fun for you to pull out your bag of money and go through each piece with the children and grandchildren as you recount your stories and adventures of traveling the world. You also never know when the currency you’ve collected will skyrocket in value. It’s always smart to have money in other forms such as gold, silver and foreign currency. You don’t know when the world market might crash and your collection literally saves your life. It’s extreme, but not impossible.

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