Of all the travelling I have done over the past few years through six continents and 67 or so countries (I honestly have lost count), I don’t have more than a few souvenirs to show for it. Long ago I decided to stop buying cheap snow globes and magnets, instead opting to spend all my travel pennies on experiences themselves, and taking only memories or photographs home with me.
However there have been a few items over the years that I couldn’t resist to buy – now treasures in my home that remind me of adventures passed. Most of these spark a conversation with visitors in our home, who are intrigued to learn where an item is from and the story behind it. So I’d love to share with you my most prized possessions from my travels as well as where you can buy them online!
1. Nappa Dori Suitcase
I first saw this Nappa Dori suitcase online and immediately had my heart set on purchasing it for my office. Although it doesn’t have its own travel story, I’m intent on taking it along with me on road trip adventures around the island on which I live, as it has a sense of authenticity and just reminds me that life is one big adventure. I can’t wait to show you what it looks like in a few years after it has been lugged around on a handful of adventures!
2. Moroccan Rug
Recently on my travels to Morocco I came across these beautiful blankets of every shape, size and colour of the rainbow. Unfortunately I didn’t have any room in my suitcase (I was already sitting and jumping on it to squeeze everything in), but fortunately I later found an online Etsy store by a Parisian couple who travel to Morocco to source the rugs and come back to sell them to customers online. Needless to say – a purchase was inevitable.
3. Antique World Globe
There is one item on my desk that I always need nearby, not just as a point of reference but as a starting point for inspiration, and that is my antique world globe. My grandmother bought me this globe at least 4-5 years ago, as she is very aware of my passion for travelling the globe and thought it would be a nice gift. Although it wasn’t sourced from an adventure of my own, I hold it close to my heart as it reminds me of my connection to home!
4. Antique Compass
If there is just one item in my collection of travel trinkets that I am openly obsessed with and proud of sourcing, it is my authentic antique compass I purchased from a souk market in Muscat, Oman. Although it doesn’t work in anymore in the slightest, you’ve probably seen it pop up in one or two of my instagram photos – that’s because I take it everywhere! I’m in my own disillusion that it always points to home – just a reminder I like to have on the road that home is never too far away.
5. Mapiful City Maps
I’ve made it no secret that I am obsessed with maps of any kind – city maps, country maps, maps of terrain… you name it. I love geography and learning as much as I can about the world in which I travel, so I cannot explore a new city or country without a map to show me where I am, even though I often ignore it in terms of telling me where to go (getting lost is half the fun!)
6. Bronze Moroccan tray
Another item inspired by my travels to Morocco is a bronzed tray I purchased shortly after my trip, when I again couldn’t fit any purchases in my case so instead went searching online after my trip. I You can find a similar one here.
7. Scented Candles
One of my favourite travel related items to buy for my home has been these Glasshouse location scented candles. You can purchase scents that remind you of a place you have visited, like Coney Island in Brooklyn or Tahiti – the options are endless! I have tried a few scents over the past year with my favourite still being Coney Island. (You can find a similar New York scented candle here).
8. Moroccan Wedding Blanket Pillow Case
One thing I did manage to squeeze into my suitcase in Morocco was a wedding blanket pillow case. Originally I had wanted to purchase one of the ornate wedding blankets themselves, however as these were far too thick and heavy for my already 8 kilograms overweight suitcase, I decided to settle for one of the small cushion covers for a reasonable $25. This now resides in my living room on one of our armchairs. You can purchase similar ones (slightly more expensive) online here.
9. Laduree Print
For the Paris lovers (myself included), you can’t go past these cute little prints of Laduree’s favourites from this Etsy store. I purchased three of these prints (in varying designs) for my office and they’re a constant reminder of my favourite city in the world!
10. City Name Prints
Another set of prints I’m loving from this Etsy store are these city name prints – simple, elegant, and suit any decor.