Destination Wednesday: Top 3 Favorite Travel Souvenirs

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squished pennies photo by fallenpeach

a small selection of my squished pennies

When I travel, there are certain things I look for to “collect” as a¬†souvenir. Usually these things are small and cheap since we don’t have much space and are on a tight budget. Here are my top 5 favorite travel souvenirs.

1. The first thing is usually the hardest to find – penny squishing machines. I love collecting squashed pennies from all the places we travel. I’ve been picking them up ever since I was a little kid and am actually thinking about buying a special jar to put them all in. Right now most of them are in the books you can buy, but I would love a more general way to display them since I don’t go through the books very often. The new tokens that are turning up in National Parks are becoming a part of this collection as well.

2. Postcards. Traditional, easy to find and usually sold 5 for a dollar, Postcards are a great way to remember your trip. They are great for scrapbooking, making a collage or even tucking into photo albums.

3. Christmas Ornaments. On our very first road trip, when we got all the way to California, we celebrated by buying our first Christmas ornament. We didn’t have an apartment, or a tree, but we knew that someday we would have both and would want to remember our first time to the West Coast. Ever since then we’ve been collecting ornaments everywhere we go. We try to find unique ornaments that really represent the¬† destination and every Christmas we decorate our tree and remember our adventures.

What do you collect when you travel?


Confession: I Have a Business Book Obsession

business book stack photograph by fallenpeach

When we went on our NYC Adventure a couple weeks ago, I decided to buy a magazine for the train ride home. Searching the shelves at the newsstand in Grand Central, I was first drawn to the Art section. But they didn’t have HOW. And then I was almost immediately drawn to the Business section. I chose Entrepreneur. This has been a growing development, but I think I’m ready to admit that I have a business book/magazine obsession.

Above you can see the current pile of business books and magazines that I have accumulated. This is not including the two or three that I have read and dismissed (including The Anti-9-5 Guide) , nor the ones that I have borrowed and returned( including The $100 Startup). This also doesn’t include the finance books (like The Money Book, which I read regularly).

What am I getting out of these books? How many of the above have I ACTUALLY READ? These are the questions I’ve started to ask myself. In the case of the books I’ve dismissed, they held little for me. They weren’t aimed at my type of business or personality. The $100 Startup I actually think I’d like to buy since it inspired several pages of notes and ideas at 3 am the night I read it.

As for the books in the photograph? I have read maybe 2 of them. Instead, I collect them and put them on a shelf and forget about them. So I’m adding a goal for myself. Each month (starting in April) I will choose one of the above books and read it, dissect it, take notes from it, and determine whether or not it helps me in my goals.

The other day I had to physically restrain myself from buying yet another TWO books on crafting and business. I refuse to buy another until I’ve read through the ones I own.

Do you have a business book obsession? Not that I should ask this but – what books have helped you along the way? Or, likewise, do you have a collection or obsession that you have started and can’t get control of?