Pins, patches, pint glasses, post cards, and pencils. Over decades of travel, I’ve collected them all, guilty as charged. (I’ve been known to bring an extra backpack for toting my souvenirs.) But my latest collectible is playing cards. I buy one deck in each state we visit and keep the 4-of-hearts card, to represent our family of 4. But as I was doing my final sweep of the house, purging once and for all, I realized how wasteful it is to use one card, leaving the rest of the deck useless. So I decided to cut my collection short; to stop at 18 states. I certainly don’t need 50 decks of cards from all 50 states. The cards I’ve collected so far fit perfectly into a display case we already had. I’d say it was meant to be.
I am once and for all done collecting! I can travel without feeling the need to bring something back; just pictures and memories (and we still have our map!).