Foreign currency as souvenirs and backups…
The most ideal souvenirs are those that are relative and authentic to the city or country you get them in. So what better relevance than the national currency? They’re all unique from each other, culturally beautiful, a symbol to the country and damn functional as…
Collecting foreign currency while vagabonding will occur without even trying from the inevitable leftover cash you’ll have every time you leave a country for another.
The incidental souvenir and backup cash.
Cash conveniently takes up very little space and weight as part of your travel gear pack which will also naturally act as an emergency stash of #money. Imagine… You lose your wallet with credit cards, cash and what you have left is your backpack full of gear and traditional souvenirs. These things may be valuable to you but they can’t exactly be sold for much money to help you survive while you wait days for your new cards to be mailed to you from overseas.
If you’d save currency from each previous country you’ve traveled, you could exchange them for the local currency to help you live for a while.
Unless you bought gold nuggets, ancient artifacts or precious gems, not many other souvenirs can do that for you.
Foreign money is more then just money…
Its logical that the best souvenir should be made in the same country your getting it for, which is actually quite rare in well developed countries like the US. Foreign currency is not made foreign but locally – authentic.
From now on, stop trying to spend every bit of the local cash you have on hand before leaving the country. Save a few bills and add them to your souvenir collection and emergency backup funds.
[The photo is cash souvenirs I collected vagabonding.]