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Most of us have some great vacation memories. We may even have some that are not so great. Whatever the case may be, vacation times provide out of the ordinary experiences that can transfer well to memoir topics.
As a child I always accumulated many souvenirs on any of the trips I took with my parents. My favorites were post cards. I set aside a goodly portion of my vacation allowance to buy postcards that depicted places we visited and states we passed through. Whenever they were available as freebies, I would also acquire as many postcards as I could find for the motels, restaurants, or other establishments that offered them for promotional purposes.
In addition to the postcards, I would also collect brochures, matchbooks, soap, or whatever else would become available to me during our travels. Road maps were often offered at gas stations for free back in those days. I'd get maps for everything I could find so that I could look ahead to where we were going and retrace our routes after we had returned home. I still find maps to be a wonderful resource for traveling in my imagination.
Many of the souvenirs are now gone after so many years have passed. The pennants that I had displayed on my bedroom walls have long since faded and been discarded. Most of those travel brochures were thrown away many years ago. Maybe I still have a few of the knickknacks packed away somewhere, but most are lost to the ages to who knows where.
When I do run across some old piece of memory my thoughts go back to when it was first acquired. I have my postcard collection in a shoe box in my office closet. I haven't looked at them in many years, but I know they'd revive many recollections of vacations long past. Somewhere in my garage is a box of maps and travel guides.
And I can't forget about photographs, videos, and 8 millimeter movies. My mother still has many of these and I have many of my own that come from the travels my own family has done. Photo albums are usually the biggest treasure trove for seeing ourselves and others from our lives having fun in out of the ordinary circumstances.
What types of travel memorabilia do you have around your house? Do you take a lot of pictures when you are traveling or on vacation? What has been your favorite vacation experience? What was your most unique vacation experience?