You're traveling to another country, having the time of your life exploring new enchanting cities, iconic landmarks and gorgeous scenery ... but before you start spending all your money on random souvenirs, read this.
When you finally came to realize just how affordable traveling and volunteering abroad can be, I am sure that you didn't picture yourself wasting money on tons of random souvenirs. Instead of buying everything in sight, we recommend finding really special items to remember your trip.
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You're going to pass by a million (or maybe two million) souvenir shops while you travel and most of them offer pretty cheap, trinket-y things. Yeah, I have a collection of refrigerator magnets, plus I love those post-cards ... so you'll for sure catch me stopping in those shops. But here's the thing ...
Grab Souvenirs That Give You A Memory
Yes, I know that sounds cheesy. But honestly it's true. I filled my bags jam packed full of things I bought while in China (because shopping in China is so good and so fun!), but a few years later I don't remember half the things I bought. The only souvenirs I am willing to spend money on now are ones that help me remember the experience of being in that country.
"Literally the sweetest thing ever. I'm collecting art as I travel and I bought this piece from this man who just melted my heart. It wasn't much in U.S. dollars but the sale must have meant a lot to him, as he proceeded to kiss my hand and my cheek and bless me multiple times. So tender. He's the proud artist and told me that it's a one-of-a-kind painting, and thanked me again and again. I thanked him and told him I'd hang his beautiful work in my home. Thank you ILP for giving me opportunities like this!"
"One of the best parts of my week was buying this beautiful painting from Vasile at church. He is an amazing painter and it is his only source of income. He doesn’t speak any English but we were told how happy he was that we are all buying his paintings because he hadn’t sold one in 6 months. I will always always always cherish it!"
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while you teach English or volunteer in an orphanage?
Do it all with International Language Programs (ILP)! ILP is a non-profit organization who has years and years of experience sending college-aged volunteers abroad to countries all over the world.
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