One of the things I love(d) while traveling and on the road: Getting souvenirs in the form of clothes, shoes and accessories. Shopping in foreign countries has lost a little bit of its appeal now that we can get most labels online anyway and the High Streets all over the world pretty much look the same. Still, I think that it’s really nice to have a blouse or clutch to remember a great holiday.
Now, some of you might remember that I pledged to only buy fairly produced/secondhand clothes from now on. And commercially produced clothes don’t suddenly get fair just because they are sold in Spain instead of Germany. To be honest, seeing all those stylish French women on my last travel really woke some shopping urges in me. I managed to return back home without buying high street items, but it was harder than I thought. If you’re trying to go on holiday without nasty shopping urges, here’s some tips.
On my recent roadtrip I brought home a beautiful stoneware bowl from Barcelona and a wooden spoon from Grasses. They were maybe over-prized but they are handmade and I will own them for the rest of my life. That’s something I probably couldn’t say about a summer dress. I also took millions of pictures, so I will definitely remember this trip. I actually wrote a whole post on meaningful souvenirs, if you’re interested!
I must admit I’m not the best at finding gems at those places, but at least I found a few nice books and accessories on my travels.
Write a list of local ethical boutiques or traditional workshops before going on holiday. This is actually a lot of fun to really get into the holiday spirit. Once you’re abroad, you can hit the different shops and take something home without the guilt.
Note what styles people are wearing and which outfits you really like. Remember these when you get home, maybe even pin similar styles on Pinterest. Next time you want to buy something new, you know what you want.
It’s about the people you’re with, the things you get to learn about yourself and the history of another country, the beautiful sights, architecture and nature you get to see, the foreign food you get to try and the people you meet. The success of a holiday doesn’t depend on the question whether you bought that dress or not! See it this way, if you are not shopping, you’ve got so much more time to experience and see the things around you! Make the most of it.
What about you? Do you have any tips how to resist shopping urges, especially on holiday?
Picture by Helena La Petite.