What Are Your Favorite Travel Souvenirs?

Travelers can find it hard to let go of their most recent journey. For some of us, the easiest way to keep a piece of our travels with us at home is to collect things. The memories of the trip can remain on our walls, on our bulletin boards, or in our wallets, easy to find in those times between our travels.

Some people collect shot glasses from various parts of the world, others find keychains. My souvenir of choice? “Do Not Disturb” signs from hotels around the county.

I have collected about 40 of them – each one with their own story and memory. From the Smiley Lewis reference on the Las Vegas Hard Rock Hotel’s sign to the simple and direct “Shhhhhhh” that graces the front of the Ritz Carlton’s, each one has its own little personality. Yet each one has a very simple purpose that easily translates when I am back home: I am sleeping and I really don’t want to wake up. Yet!

What are your favorite travel souvenirs? Tell us in the comments or show us by sending us photos to contact@tripping.com, so we can feature you and your souvenirs in a future post!


  • Mark Rojas

    My most treasured souvenir from my travels is a playlist and a singed box of matches (with James Brown on the cover) by a band called Dr Israel & 7. A Badass Raggae band that performed on my birthday.

  • nananapua

    I collect shot glasses! It started when I began touring different colleges, and now i just collect from everywhere I visit. I wanted something cheap and easy to get. It’s also kind of ironic, going from campus to campus collecting shot glasses.. especially because I don’t drink haha.

  • Anonymous

    I unintentionally have collected hotel room KEYS & soap dishes

  • PortaPocketGal

    we buy magnets that remind us of place (eg: georgia peach; leaning tower in Pisa). easy to transport. inexpensive. & fits in PortaPocket! ;)

  • Katy Birnbaum

    I like getting the flattened pennies from the crank machines at tourist spots–they’re endearingly campy. I’m going to make a necklace with them some day.

  • Lauren Nicholl

    I started collecting espresso cups because so much of my travels are spent visiting cafes. I also developed a passion (or addiction) for good coffee while traveling around Europe and Australia. But I love this idea of Do Not Disturb signs! Might have to start a new collection…

  • tinacheung

    I’ve went through a variety of souvenirs. Loved collecting postcards of various metro/train systems around the world. I also collected spoons, coins, and stamps too. Lately, I like to buy miniatures of various landmarks worldwide.