You go away, you travel to new places. How do you keep those memories? I mean, I take plenty of photos wherever I travel, but there’s just something special about bringing home something that represents your adventures. Something that works as a memory holder for a specific place and time. My favourite type of travel souvenir is something arty. A visual representation of where I’ve been.
How Do You Choose Travel Souvenirs?
A couple of months ago, there was a little discussion on what people bought as travel souvenirs from their holidays or trips. Natalie from Hello Cuppies asked about it, and then wrote up a post on what everyone had said about their travel souvenirs and memories. It made me really think about mine, and I thought it was time to share the ones I’ve collected so far!
They all have little stories behind them, and all remind me of the particular trip that they came from.
This was the first that I bought, and in all honesty I didn’t think too much about a ‘collection’ when I chose it. When I visited Venice I was 18 and in college on a photography trip. I didn’t really know what I wanted to do besides take photographs and see pretty places.
I like to think about this one as the starting point. It was my first trip away without family, and I just had that feeling of freedom. Obviously I was still on a college trip and we had briefs to work on whilst there, but I could do what I wanted. I could explore and find new places, hidden doors and shops with various Italian goods. Following the canals, watching all the boats and gondolas go by.
I loved it, and this artwork reminds me of all that. I can look at it and I’m immediately thrown back.
Paris was a trip I made in my first year of university to visit Paris Photo (apparently the largest international art fair dedicated to photography!) This trip was actually in the same year as my Venice trip, however the first was in January whilst this happened in November. Although only a few months into my degree, I think it’s fair to say I’d grown up a fair bit since the first trip.
I’d never really properly explored Paris before this and here we really did have all the time to do what we wanted. We managed to make it to a few of the big galleries – the Louvre being one, and I saw the Mona Lisa. We of course visited the Eiffel Tower, and climbed up to the top. We took a trip on the RER and visited the Palace of Versaille. We even managed to explore the maze of Christmas Markets dotted around.
Quite a lot of exploring was done on that trip and I still feel like we only touched the smallest bit of the surface with Paris. When I spotted the art prints I thought back to Venice and figured you know, I need to start collecting these.
First time visiting Croatia, and somewhere I’m not sure I would have thought about visiting if I didn’t have the offer of a trip from work. We visited Split as we had tickets to the Ultra Festival. An experience I’ll never forget!
We visited the festival, went on a party boat trip, sampled plenty of tasty food and spent a good amount walking around the city. It was completely out of my comfort zone if I’m honest, both the festival and being there with people from work, but I enjoyed it so much. It’s a trip that I won’t forget because I got new experiences that I wouldn’t necessarily choose myself.
And I was completely blown away by just how pretty the whole city looked. I think Croatia has a very distinct look, and the orange roofs give the landscape such an interesting look. I knew I wanted a piece of art to represent that, and I think this piece shows everything. One of my favourite parts of the trip was probably climbing up the bell tower right in the centre of the city. Getting to the top and seeing the view was just overwhelming. It was so incredible, and a moment I’ll definitely remember when I see this piece of art.
I did also buy one that shows Diocletian’s Palace as this is also a very distinct part of Split and I just couldn’t choose between the two. This area was super busy, but you still felt that huge atmosphere of being surrounded by such history. You can see that one a little better in the Venice photo above.
The latest addition to my collection is this piece of art that I picked up whilst we were heading to a viewpoint to see the Alhambra from afar.
Now this was a bit of a different trip, being a fitness retreat, and it was just a whole new experience for me. Being with complete strangers, visiting somewhere new and being completely pushed to my limits each day with different workouts. It’s not the way I’d usually experience Spain, but it was fun I feel like it pushed me out of my comfort zone. This art piece is jut super pretty and makes me think of the walk we took up to the top of the hill.
Bonus piece of art shown in the very top photo is the lighthouse. I actually bought this on a university trip to the Farne Islands. A trip where I jumped into the sea and managed to swim with seals! I spotted this in a shop when we were grabbing something to eat before heading home, and I just had to pick it up. To be honest, I’ve never thought about it being a piece of art as a travel souvenir, but it definitely is.