When you go away on a trip, do you buy things?
If you buy things, do you buy souvenirs, do you buy things that you actually need, or do you buy something special to the area that will serve as a reminder of the trip?
I’m not really a buyer: I really evaluate every purchase that I make. My largest purchase, beyond food for dinner is, by far, books. I like to own the books I read, for the most part. I admit that I’ve picked a couple of stinkers lately, but on the whole, I like having an ereader full of books. I have switched to a capsule wardrobe, where I buy a few carefully curated pieces to replace clothes that I own that are worn or I just don’t think fit my personality or lifestyle anymore (bye bye to dresses that are above my knee and shoes that hurt my feet) I’m not a “house” person, so I rarely buy things to feather my nest. So, long story longer, I don’t really buy things.
How does that play out on vacation?
I admit, we have a “family” souvenir: if at least two of us are away at any location, we will buy a commemorative shot glass. We have at least 30 shot glasses of places that we have been. This is our thing. First off, shot glasses are really cheap to purchase. Secondly, every place, so far, has had one. They can be picked up in airports if we forget. They are small and lightweight and therefore easily transportable. Most of all they are kitschy, and I LOVE KITSCH in small doses.
When we went to Barcelona recently, we bought a shot glass. My husband bought an FC Barca soccer shirt (my husband’s look is all about the jeans and the t shirt, so this is an item that he will wear to the death) I did purchase pink espadrilles, which are handmade in Barcelona, for my daughter and myself. We spent our disposable income on excursions and food. In total, our cash layout on “goods” totaled less than 50$ American.
So…when you go away on a trip…do you buy anything? What do you buy? How do you make the decision of what to buy?