The best souvenir I ever bought was…

The best souvenir I ever bought was…

We recently asked our travellers about the best souvenirs they had picked up on their travels. And the answers were hilarious, cool, charming, precious and sometimes a little weird… Vintage records, a handcrafted kaleidoscope, an alpaca jumper from Peru, an ogre mask, a good ol’ bottle of hot sauce from...

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In northern Vietnam, a piece of unfinished cloth tells a story

In northern Vietnam, a piece of unfinished cloth tells a story

I recently took a trip with my mother through northern Vietnam, and up into the mountainous region that borders Southern China. The people who have lived there for generations are not Vietnamese, but a mix of isolated and unique groups that retain very separate cultural styles — partly due to...

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A small souvenir that holds big memories of Morocco

A small souvenir that holds big memories of Morocco

Before returning to New Zealand in 2016, my partner and I spent a number of years seeing as much of the globe as we could, with the time and money we had available. We had been living in Birmingham for two years before our visas ran out, at which point...

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A dress fit for a wedding… and for the Trans-Siberian train

A dress fit for a wedding… and for the Trans-Siberian train

Between high school and university, I went to Belgium for a year on Rotary exchange, to improve the French I’d learned at school and experience a different culture. I got along well with all three of my host families, but in the second one, there was a daughter a year...

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On the Camino de Santiago, a €1 pin was the best souvenir I’ve ever bought

On the Camino de Santiago, a €1 pin was the best souvenir I’ve ever bought

I had just finished walking 800 kilometres of the Camino de Santiago across Spain. It was my second Camino, and I wanted something to bring back to Australia. People who have walked the Camino often wear a scallop shell, both to commemorate their journey, and also to identify themselves to...

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Bring home a souvenir that has a tale to tell

Bring home a souvenir that has a tale to tell

Our creative locals around the globe have teamed up with talented artisans in their cities to form a (very) different type of shopping experience that brings authentic urban craftsmanship to life. We’re bypassing those cheap souvenirs to take you on a journey into local lives. Introducing our new range of...

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Where to buy the best souvenirs in NYC

Where to buy the best souvenirs in NYC

People often ask me where the best place to shop is in NYC — but with so many options, it’s a tough question to answer. (Or, ahem, the quickest answer is for you to hop on our Made In NY: Industry City shopping tour.) Unless you’re asking me from inside...

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Find real souvenirs at Chiang Mai’s new artists’ collective

Find real souvenirs at Chiang Mai’s new artists’ collective

Our vacations are often among the most vibrant experiences in our lifetimes, and a trip to Thailand would be at the top of anyone’s list, since the land of smiles and sun works its way deep into your heart. Would cheap trinkets bought at some touristy shop do your memories...

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The 100-year-old bakery that serves Tokyo’s best ningyoyaki

The 100-year-old bakery that serves Tokyo’s best ningyoyaki

As you exit the subway in Ningyocho, a town once home to doll makers and puppeteers, the smell of something sweet lures you to the shop next door. This is Itakuraya. A bakery whose doors opened in 1907, has been family-run ever since, and over the years has earned a...

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This Cretan artist is preserving tradition with his own hands

This Cretan artist is preserving tradition with his own hands

A few minutes away from the Old Harbour of Chania, close to the beautiful port of Souda, there’s a unique place that was created with one simple purpose: to show visitors to Crete some of the most authentic crafts of the region. This place is the Verekinthos Arts and Crafts...

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