I am enjoying reading this thread.
On my first trip to Europe as a 19 y/o I bought a charm bracelet and collected a charm from each country I visited. I still have that bracelet.
On later trips I would buy a doll, small plate or something relating to each country. These are happily displayed in my wall unit.
We also collect fridge magnets, and I must confess to some very nice earrings in my later years of travels.
All these "things" bring back countless lovely memories
You just reminded me of my gold nugget made into a charm that I got in Whitehorse Alaska back in 1997.
And my Eiffel Tower charm that hubby found when we got lost in Paris, ended up in what we think was the red light district and found a wonderful jeweller with charms much nicer/better quality & weight than the tourist spots... and the Tiffany charm from their NY 5th Avenue store. Im sure there are more memories but I havent looked at the bracelet for a couple of years.