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Since my family travels a lot (or at least we used to before the pandemic hit), I try not to buy a lot of souvenirs on our trips. I’d rather spend money on doing things at our location rather than bringing home more stuff.
But, there is one souvenir I always buy on our trips: a Christmas ornament. Why? Ornaments are inexpensive, and they don’t take up much room in our luggage. Plus, my family loves reminiscing about our trips as we hang these ornaments on our Christmas tree every year.
This year, those ornaments are more important than ever before. We miss traveling in a big way, as I’m sure many of you do as well. Looking at these memories hanging from our tree leaves me feeling optimistic about future family travel in 2021.
Some of our favorite travel ornaments in no particular order:
Hawaiian Surfboard: We bought this at a small store in Hilton Hawaiian Village. We stayed there on points during our first trip to Oahu in 2015. The shop personalized the ornament with our name in just a few minutes while we waited.
Alaska Bear: We purchased this ornament from a small shop in Ketchikan, Alaska on our Disney cruise. See my full trip report here.
Speaking of Disney Cruise Line, we’ve collected a few ornaments from DCL over the years:
But one of my favorite DCL ornaments was one we received in our Fish Extender Exchange:
Kiwi Bird: From our trip to New Zealand last year, we brought home an ornament of the national Kiwi bird.
Pura Vida from Costa Rica: Although it seems like the trip was years ago, our last big pre-pandemic trip was in early March to Costa Rica.
Do you collect Christmas ornaments from your travels? Or do you have another type of souvenir you like to bring back home?
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Nancy lives near Dallas, Texas, with her husband and three kids. Her favorite vacations include the beach, cruising and everything Disney.