How Many Snow Globes Do You Really Need?
When going on vacation, you want to make your memories last. But before buying that miniature Eiffel Tower, think about whether the “souvenir” in question fits into your lifestyle or home décor. Snag items that work seamlessly with your lifestyle, like a fair-trade clutch from South America or a jar of pineapple jam from Hawaii—that way, vacation memories become a part of your everyday life instead of relegated to a dusty mantle display. Plan your year’s budget with your vacation in mind—if you know you can get an inexpensive silk scarf in Vietnam when you head there later this year, don’t buy one stateside, where it will be more expensive. Also, consider buying less stuff but taking a lot of photos you can later frame or keep on your phone or computer screen.