Like many people, I like to purchase some memento (or maybe a couple of mementos) of my travels. You can look at a something you brought back and recall all the great memories of your trip while getting excited about your next adventure. The problem for me is that I hate clutter. I hate stuff. Stuff stresses me out. Everything displayed in my home is purposeful or useful. It’s unlikely when traveling you’d always find something you already needed, so what is a girl (or guy, or family) to do?
For my first few trips, I brought home no souvenirs. I wasn’t going to buy something I didn’t need that would just clutter up my home and life. But that kind of sucked, so I came up with a solution to this problem: every place I go, I bring back a Christmas tree ornament.
The result has been better than expected.