10 Most Original Souvenirs To Take Home From a Journey

Souvenir shops

One thing all travelers are currently asking is – is it the right time to travel again? The answer to this question depends on your location and desired destination. Some parts of the world have been affected by the pandemic more severely than others. So, it would be best to wait a bit longer to be safe. After all, we waited this long. What are a couple of months more? However, just because we cannot travel right now, that does not mean that you cannot start planning for your upcoming trip. You can use this time to dig deep and research all the mesmerizing places virtually before visiting. And, while you are researching, it won’t hurt to get some ideas regarding souvenirs. This article is here to help you with that. Here are 10 original souvenirs to take home from a journey. 

1. Argentina – Leather Items 

Argentina is famous for many things, and leather is one of them. So, next time you find yourself in this amazing country, be sure to pick up some leather items. Those can be shoes, belts, bags, wallets, or even watch straps. And, do not worry, you will not get scammed – the leather pieces from Argentina are of excellent quality, so do not hesitate to pay a bit extra.

2. China – Teapots

If you decide to travel to China, one of the most original souvenirs you can come home with is a Chinese teapot. These can be found pretty much anywhere in China. Their prices vary depending on their quality, of course. If you have some extra spending money in your budget, we recommend getting teapots made from Chinese porcelain. And, if you want a complete collection to give you the ultimate tea-drinking experience, you can also get teacups in matching painted sets. And don’t forget to buy some Chinese green or black tea. All of these make for excellent birthday gifts for travelers, too, so keep that in mind if you want to buy a gift for someone special. 

A teapot and cup.
There is nothing more original than a Chinese tea set.

3. England – Cadbury’s Chocolate

Even though Belgium is the world’s chocolate capital, many people argue that England can participate in the competition. But it is not just any chocolate – it is the famous Cadbury’s chocolate. This will also be a perfect gift to an American as this chocolate can no longer be found in the USA. 

4. Belgium – Lace

Speaking of Belgium, this country has a lot more to offer than just chocolate. For instance, Belgium is known for its authentic, hand-made lace and tapestry. Some of the most intricate laceworks can be found in the cities of Brussels and Bruges. You can take this lace home and make curtains, table spreads, or some of the most beautiful pieces of clothing out of it. But, let us warn you – Belgium’s lace comes with a hefty price tag! 

5. France – Macaroons 

It is no secret that France is famous for its pastries and desserts. Some of those famous pastries include Croissants, Éclairs, Crepes, Crème Brûlée, etc. However, one dessert found its way to all of our hearts. The one and only – Macaroons. These delectable pieces of heaven come in many colors and flavors. You can buy them almost anywhere throughout France. And even though they look delicate, they will survive the ride home.

A selection of macaroons.
Your friends will love you if you bring them macaroons from your trip to France.

6. Ireland -Whisky

Besides food, alcohol and other popular drinks are some of the original souvenirs to take home from a journey. So, in Ireland, do not even think about going home without trying their signature whiskies. Every bar offers a variety of them. Try a couple and then buy a bottle of your favorite as your souvenir from Ireland.

7. Germany – Beer Stein

Most tourists travel to Germany during Oktoberfest. This festival is an excellent opportunity to dance, eat, drink, and simply have fun. Unfortunately, Oktoberfest was not held last year due to the pandemic. Nobody knows what will happen this year, but do not let that stop you from visiting Germany. It is a common travel myth that all the attractions are closed now. They are not! You can still try Germany’s famous beers and buy a beer stein as your souvenir.  

8. Italy – Venetian Masks

If you are looking for souvenirs you can buy that will not only stay on your fridge or your key chains, consider looking for pieces that serve a purpose. So, for example, when in Italy, consider investing in a Venetian Mask. They come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. And, they can be used as art pieces for your home, not only as souvenirs. You can use them to add a personal touch to your office or your living room. 

A Venetian mask.
A Venetian mask can also be a great gift for somebody special

9. Morocco – Ceramic Items 

Morocco is a country famous for being one of the most popular honeymoon destinations. It is also famous for hand-painted ceramic items. Most often, you will see colorful bowls being sold on the streets. But, you can find pretty much anything made of ceramics – mugs, glasses, pots, figurines, and even tiles. What makes them so unique is the color choice and various intricate floral and geometric designs. 

10. Russia – Lacquer Box

One of the most popular souvenirs to buy in Russia is the Matryoshka doll. But, this doll has become a cliché over the years as everybody buys it. So, when in Russia, instead of buying a doll set, consider purchasing the Lacquer box. This is a fantastic souvenir to take home. It too comes in many colors and sizes, but what makes it unique are the pictures from Russian fairy tales drawn on it

And there you have it – 10 most original souvenirs to take home from a journey. What souvenir would you buy?

 

Best 4 Places to Play Golf in China

The tourism industry in China continues to grow as does the ability to play golf in China. This increase is largely due to the country’s open policies to help showcase its culture and natural beauty. With more foreigners visiting, and staying in China, new influences in food, dress, and sports have been adopted. Noticeably, golf has become more popular, with more courses popping up and the sport being more affordable and accessible.

Historically, golf has been labeled as a “sport for the rich” in China, but as time has passed the game has changed continuously and has secured itself a spot in modern Chinese culture. These days China even has some of the best golf courses in the world.

Here are four awesome gold courses worth checking out while traveling through China.

Shanqin Bay

Shanqin Bay Golf Club China

Hainan Island is home to what could easily be the best golf course in China. Shanqin Bay is close to the remote village of Bo´ao, in a stunning coastal site where a golf course would seem impossible to build. Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw were the brave architects who designed the golf course and managed to build a challenging route offering views of the cliffs, dunes and dense vegetation. The stunning golf course had some of its shine taken away in 2017 when authorities decided to create a windbreak by planting thousands of saplings along the 17th fairway. Luckily, the course continues to be one of the most challenging and beautiful in the country.

Jade Dragon Snow Mountain Golf Club

Jade Dragon Snow Mountain Golf Club China

Whether you´re a golf enthusiast or a pro player, Southwest China’s Yunnan Province is home to the  Jade Dragon Snow Mountain Golf Club and is a definite must-see. Designed by Neil Haworth, the course is located at the foot of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, sitting ten thousand feet above sea level, and has 18 holes, as well as holding the world record with par 72 stretching 8,548 yards in length. The nearby picturesque villages, breathtaking views, landscapes, and the top-class design of this golf course make it a unique experience in the sport of golf, especially with a moderately pleasant weather all year round.

27 Club

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Formerly known as the Tianjin Yangliuqing Golf Club, 27 Club is a fabulous 27-hole course in the Xiqing District, Tianjin. After being restructured from 36 to 27 holes, the course changed its name to honor the 27 former champions who contributed to the design of each of the 27 holes. The course is a great challenge for golfers of all skill levels, with features that include several human-made lakes, creeks, and elevation changes that add up the competitive element. Dominated by a tree-lined open parkland layout, 27 Club is great for delving into a good game and enjoying the abundant greenery.

Lake Course at Spring City

Spring City Golf & Lake Resort China

Spring City Golf & Lake Resort in the town of Spring City, Yunnan, 40 minutes away from Kunming City, was designed by Trent Jones Junior in an effort to create a course that would complement its location and offer top-level play. The natural terrain adds to the dramatic effect of the course, surrounded by lavish nature. Developed by the Keppel Group of Singapore, the Spring City Golf & Lake Resort sits at 6900 feet above sea level and none of the holes here can be described as easy. The incredible design, along with the magnificent views, and the temperate weather make Lake Course at Spring City one of the best golf adventures in China.

 

By Diego Garzon

Diego is a writer by day  and a reader by night. He is also the author of the first Screenwriting Manual in Spanish. He has been a creative consultant for television series and films. He lives with “the wife”, ”the dog”, and “the other dog”.