Congratulations! We made it to number one (finally). I’ve was swamped with essays and finishing up my college career, graduating, having my family in town, and starting a new job as a supervisor for a Canada/US cross-border survey. Anyway on to what we care about…
#1 – Flags
Flags have much more meaning than most people think. Each flag represents a nation and culture, and has special meaning to that population. Thus, if you collect a flag from each country or region you go you are in a way taking part of the culture home with you.
No two national flags are the same and you can collect standard sizes so they can all be uniform. I opt for a 3’x5′ or 1m x 1.5m flag and try to find it in the home country, but as flags are actually WAY more difficult to find than you would expect I usually end up getting them back home. I also let size vary, getting larger flags for countries that have more meaning to me.
They can be hung around your house as decorations showing off your travels, are light and easy to travel with, and are relitively inexpensive (depending on the material you get). Most people don’t recognise many flags immediately so you can tell visitors where they are from and some storys that come to mind when you remember your adventures there.
One problem I have encountered is that once people know you collect flags they then get you a flag form their travels. I now have a Cuban and Peruvian flag from friends, but have not actually ben to those countries. I still hang them up, but have been putting these flags at a lower level to show the difference.
So there you have it. My completed top 5 souvenir list. Thanks for tagging along with me, hopefully these inspired some new souvenir items for you to collect on your own expeditions. Happy travelling and collecting.#5 – Christmas Ornaments #4 – Books #3 – Shirts with Maps/Sports Jerseys #2 – Coins/Money #1 – Flags
Photos taken 20 June, 2013 with my brand new Nikon D7100.