Vacation Experiences: How Can I Embrace My Destination & Leave the Plastic Stuff?

Today on the Clear Your Clutter Inside & Out blog, I’m talking about experiences! Do you remember where you got all those little knickknacks from and on what vacation? Are you looking to remember your vacation that doesn’t include another thing to dust? Want to wow everyone at the next family reunion? Let’s add experiences to prevent us from bringing in clutter to our home and clever ways to remember our trips.


Don’t forget to check out all of June’s blogs as I have a lot of good tips for summer travel and making your vacation stress free.

Vacation Experiences: Embrace the Culture

Summer is a great time to collect experiences instead of things! It doesn’t have to mean a vacation, either. When buying for birthdays or holidays, think about experiences that you can give instead of something else to dust. Even if it’s winter, you can give an adventure for the summertime.


While this article is a bit old, I’m guessing the numbers have only gone up. According to a July 2014 article on CNN: “In 2013 alone, travelers spent a total of $2.3 billion on souvenirs that were subsequently ignored, unused, unappreciated, unworn, discarded, disliked, ridiculed and/or stuffed in bottom drawers and backs of closets never to be seen again.


Worse, travelers wasted 427 million aggregated hours fretting over the purchases of pointless doodads, knickknacks, tchotchkes, gewgaws, and dust gatherers.”


How much time and money have you spent looking for the perfect souvenir for yourself, family and friends? Would you rather come back and share your experiences with them so they could feel what it was like to be there? Or spend the money buying souvenirs on a nice meal or a day trip?


Getting Creative

Have fun thinking outside the box, but here are some suggestions to get you started for gifting experiences for your friends and family or yourself! What else can you add to this list?


  • Tuition for class, a camping trip, memberships, concert tickets, a massage, groceries, a subscription to their favorite magazine.
  • Donate to favorite causes instead of buying more things to collect.
  • Make own gifts: if you knit, make a sweater or a scarf, make preserves or jams, or perhaps some beauty essentials like scrubs or masks.
  • Consider a gift of Time: babysit, pet sit, Make dinner & deliver. When I was really sick I really appreciated this. One less thing to worry about. We are always looking for reliable cat sitters and I bet we’re not the only ones.
  • Help start a home garden: provide seeds, tools; offer to help with home improvement projects such as painting


If you take the time to think about it, you can always come up with creative ideas to suit the individual.


How can you enrich your vacation with an experience? What other ways can you get creative when traveling this summer?

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