While scrolling through old Facebook posts and photos on your iPhone may bring a smile to your face, tangible items can preserve your memories, remind you of them often, and encourage you to book your next escape when you start feeling discouraged.
Travelling from state to state can often feel like entering a whole new country. It's food, the people, architecture, the weather, literally everything may seem completely world's away from wherever you might have just been. Though you may have just ventured mere miles in reality.
One of the immutable laws of travel is that once removed from their country of origin almost all souvenirs become ugly and pointless. Paella dishes look authentic in Spanish kitchens. Get it home to wherever home is, give it five days and it's living in the attic or on its way to the next car boot sale.
Brits will splash out a cool £823m treating themselves to patriotic souvenirs, food and booze to mark the Queen's Diamond
The misguided memorabilia company that brought Britain the commemorative engagement mug of Kate Middleton and Prince Harry
Bunting's a-hanging, patriotic picnics are planned, and 'union jack' is the colour scheme de-jour. On the run up to the Queen's
I *heart* NY, I really do. I also love tat - any kind of kitsch or tacky dust-trapping tourist nonsense - but it tends to drive my better half crazy so this trip I resolved to find some stylish and hopefully even useful pieces instead of yet more snow globes.