Minimalist Travelers & Souvenirs- An Oxymoron?
The whole idea of being a minimalist is that we don't accumulate stuff and that includes souvenirs when we travel. I'm right there with you but here's the thing and I will confess, I love cloth napkins and artwork like woodblock prints because they are light and easy to transport!
Here is what I do when I travel. I pick up local cloth napkins for my everyday use, and boy, do we use the heck out of them in a family of four. Take these beautiful napkins that we bought in a shop in Provence, France in 2000 and they are still being used and loved sixteen years later! Granted that the past five years our kids gradually left the house but still, the thread counts must have been pretty darn high to endure the frequent use and wash.
I'm a sucker for artwork and I especially love the woodblock prints since they are beautiful and very easy to transport so I can still stay with one carry-on. We bought a book of 12 mulberry paper prints at a gift shop at an Imperial Museum in Hue, and they make a beautiful arrangement of prints on my dining room wall.
So the next time you travel, incorporate your souvenirs into something that you already need and use in your daily life. Oh yeah, a purse or a briefcase, that served us very well too!