Each trip I come home with a suitcase full of random keepsakes that I just cant bring myself to throw out, but also don’t want to store and buy into that new American tradition of accumulating to the point of needing to rent a storage unit.
Instead of storing all these keepsakes, I pick a few of my favorites that are sturdy (like transportation cards), and hot glue magnets to the back.
Less sturdy items, like theater tickets, may need laminated first- though fair warning that many tickets are printed on thermal paper that is heat-sensitive so heat-based lamination methods will ruin the readability of the ticket. (Unfortunately I learned this the hard way, while attempting to laminate the 5th row center ticket to Les Miserables in London’s West End my brother surprised me with when we visited London together)
I love how these free souvenirs turn into one-of-a-kind magnets that can be displayed and enjoyed as reminders of great adventures, even on the dullest of days.
This project is so simple it doesn’t need a step by step tutorial- just souvenirs, magnets, and a hot glue gun.
There are many reasons why travel magnets are good souvenirs. For one, they are relatively inexpensive- in fact, the magnets in this post were made for free. Even ‘expensive” travel magnets won’t break the bank- top destinations like the Eiffel Tower and the Vatican have tourist gif shps where magnets can be purchased at a reasonable price. They are great to gift because you can buy several of them without breaking the bank.
Additionally, they are small and lightweight, making them easy to pack and transport even if you travel with only a carry on bag. Another reason why travel magnets are good souvenirs is that they are versatile. You can use them to decorate your refrigerator, your locker, your work cubicle, or any magnetic metal surface. They add a bit of personality to any space, and they are also a fun conversation starter. People will be curious about where you got them and what your travels were like- it’s a good way to make friends and share what you’ve learned through travel. Finally, travel magnets are a great way to remember your travels. Every time you see one, it will bring back memories of your time in that place. They are a tangible reminder of your experiences that you can look at and reflect on whenever you want.
Overall, travel magnets- whether you buy them or make your own- are an excellent choice for a souvenir. They are affordable, easy to pack, and versatile. They are also a great way to remember your travels. So next time you are looking for the best souvenir, consider picking up some travel magnets.
Artist, digital nomad, and highly sensitive person, Lynli started traveling full time as a digital nomad in 2018. Writer and Illustrator by day, remote-destination explorer by other-days, Lynli is passionate about pushing the boundaries of her own comfort zone, exploring the world as a plus size, one-bag traveler, and journaling it all on WanderBig.com