We all love to bring something home from our trips abroad. Here are our favorite guilty pleasure travel souvenirs that!

1: Tiny Eiffel Towers

Makes us also want to bring home a beret and some baguettes!

2: Fridge Magnets

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A staple of every grandparent’s fridge, these destination fridge magnets are a fun lil’ reminder of where we’ve been.

3: Itty-Bitty Spoons

They’re at every single touristy gift shop around the world. And there are some SERIOUS collectors!

4: Hawaiian Leis

These are wonderful welcome gifts—but buying gift shop fabric leis is a sure way to get them shoved into a box in your closet after a while, then rediscovered years later when you’re cleaning or moving.

5: Photos Like This One

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I lived in Washington, DC for 13 years and saw SO many people taking pictures just like this one, but with the Washington Monument. They’re fun and goofy—love it!

6: I <3 NY Tees and Trinkets

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I didn’t think people actually bought these tees, but I was proven wrong when I moved to Brooklyn. Tons of people—particularly in Manhattan—wore this iconic shirt, and I’m not unconvinced some actually lived in the city and wore them ironically.

 7: Snow Globes

Snow globes seem to be one of those souvenirs that exists solely to gather dust and for adults to yell “Put that down before you break it!” to kids.

8: Sombreros

There was definitely one of these in our attic when I was a kid. It was left behind by the old lady who lived there before us.

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As the managing director of Frayed Passport, my goal is to help you build a lifestyle that lets you travel the world whenever you want and however long you want, and not worry about where your next paycheck will come from. I've been to 20+ countries and five continents, lived for years as a full-time digital nomad, and have worked completely remotely since 2015. If you would like to share your story with our community, or partner with Frayed Passport, get in touch with me at!

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