The Top 10 Things People Collect While Traveling

Written by Travel & Daily Life Staff |

In almost any industry, there are all types of collectors and things people collect, from more conventional items like sports cards, stamps, train sets, sneakers, and automobiles to unusual things like umbrella cover sleeves and National park stickers. The travel industry is no exception. In it, you will find a very enthusiastic community from all countries and walks of life who view collecting things as an exciting and integral part of the travel experience. From magnets to unique travel souvenirs, people collect memorabilia from all parts of the globe, and this fun activity contributes to the overall happiness of the traveler.

What Do People Collect When They Travel?

One of the main things people collect when traveling is memories. They smell, live, visualize, and socialize in the new environment to remember and relive these experiences. These memories are gathered by the mind, written words, videos, and photography. Many of these travelers consider themselves amateur photo buffs and travel behind the lens of a camera. These experience gatherers stay committed to making photo albums of every trip. While it is sometimes overwhelming to organize, filter through, and isolate the best “memories,” they are always grateful for the photographic details of those moments. Periodically looking at photos of their trips takes them right back to that time and enhances the memories of events! With these memories often being in digital format, they are easily accessed from any location and at any time. Imagery indeed can be worth a thousand words or memories!

Top 10 Things People Collect While Traveling

While most travelers focus on collecting one or two things, others try to mix it up and collect a variety of things. Nevertheless, here is a list of top 10 travel items people collect.  

  1. Memories
  2. Magnets
  3. Shot Glasses
  4. Coffee Mugs
  5. Christmas Tree Ornaments
  6. T-Shirts/Apparel
  7. Art/Figurines
  8. Currency
  9. Postcards
  10. Jewelry

Other Things People Collect While Traveling

  • Maps
  • Key Chains
  • Books
  • Pounds (No, not the British money, but weight. Often, good eating habits go right out the window when we travel.)
  • Dolls
  • Rocks (Yes, believe it or not, many people pick up a rock or two as a collector’s item from their trip.)
  • Passport Stamps
  • Wine Glasses
  • Snow Globes
  • Liquor
  • Purses/Bags
  • Coasters
  • Girlfriends/Boyfriends (Sorry, we had to include this.)
  • Credit Card bills (Ha! Hopefully, that this is not the case for you)

Yes, travel collecting has a worldwide appeal. What fun things do you collect from each state? What vacation souvenirs do you hunt for while traveling from country to county? Let us know by commenting below.

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