How to Pick the Ultimate Souvenir: Travelogue Podcast
On this week's podcast, our editors take a look at what makes something worth bringing home.
Here at Traveler, we enjoy nothing more than exchanging souvenir stories. It could be about a menu stolen from an unforgettable restaurant, or a one-of-a-kind feathered headpiece from Brazil. But whether it cost half our rent or just a few cents, what’s important is that it transports us back to a time, a place, or an experience. For this week’s Travelogue Podcast, we looked at what makes a great souvenir, and spoke to Daria Rebenok, CEO and co-founder of the shopping service Grabr, which helps people get ahold of those international snacks and gadgets they just can’t find at home (with the help of some friendly visitors hoping to monetize their trip).
So what does a Traveler editor look for in a souvenir? Sometimes we’re on the hunt for a unique piece of jewelry or a trinket for our apartments; on other occasions, it’s something to satisfy the collector in us, like a postcard or kitschy refrigerator magnet. Every now and then, the most cherished memento is simply something edible—a European candy bar, say, or a tin of exotic tea. We’ll have a little bit of advice for you, too: Knowing how to safely pack your haul for the journey home is a must, as is checking whether that fine delicacy you discovered overseas is considered illegal here in the United States. Curious to see what other tips and tricks we've got for you? Listen up.
Thanks to our guest Rebenok for taking the time to chat, and to host Brad Rickman and our editors Lale Arikoglu, Mara Balagtas, and Lilit Marcus for joining the discussion. As always, much gratitude to Brett Fuchs (as always) for serving as engineer and editor. Check back every Friday for the latest installment of Travelogue. To keep up with our podcast each week, subscribe to Travelogue on the iTunes store.
This article was originally published on cntraveler.com.