The Craziest Souvenirs in the World
Souvenirs are great. They are a nice reminder of your favorite trip, but it is also nice to give them to someone as a gift or get one from someone. When we think of souvenirs, images of postcards, pens and keyrings immediately come to mind. But there are also a lot of crazier alternatives that you can buy as souvenirs. Scroll down for the strangest souvenirs in the world! From New York air to snake wine, it's all possible nowadays.
1. A breath of fresh air from New York
Get a breath of fresh air, but literally. New Yorkers have found there’s nothing better to sell than their air. You probably wonder who on earth is paying money for something that you can breathe for free, but believe it or not, there really is something in the air in NY.
2. Voodoo dolls
We often associate them with black magic, but local people in Haiti claim that these puppets have a healing effect. According to them, they can even cure people from illnesses. So next time be grateful when someone brings you a voodoo doll from Haiti.
3. 24-carat gold bar
Less kind on your wallet, but certainly a gem for the eye are these luxurious gold bars from Dubai. For a few thousand dollars you take some 24-carat gold home. Now we hope that you have not promised too many people (read: nobody) a souvenir from Dubai.
4. Scorpion lollipop
Are you reading that right? A lollipop with a scorpion? Yes, of course. In Arizona, this appears to be quite normal. You can even choose from multiple colors and flavors. Something different than those traditional Chupa Chups. For those who have not yet got a taste for it: they are sugar-free!
5. Snake wine
Another animal that most people don't get excited about is the snake. Yet they are used in Vietnam and other Asian countries as an ingredient in wine! The bottles that still contain the snakes are generally not sold in the supermarket. Tourists usually buy them in restaurants to take home as a souvenir. The production process of this wine is still questioned by many people. It is said that it is dangerous and unpleasant to drink. One thing is certain: it is not an everyday souvenir.
6. Seawater from Hawaii
Maybe a nice incentive for friends and family who don't drink enough water. This water comes directly from the sea in Hawaii and is pumped from a depth of over half a mile. The reason why this is so popular as a souvenir is because this water is not polluted and it seems to be full of minerals. Especially in Japan, this clear water is a highly valued product.
7. Kangaroo bottle opener
You can already guess from which country this souvenir comes. Australia, of course! What makes this bottle opener more special than others is, of course, the kangaroo fur. Moreover, this is done in an ethical manner in cooperation with Australian National Parks. So no kangaroos are killed specifically for this bottle opener. A nice reminder of your trip to Australia and a better alternative than opening your beer using your teeth.
8. Astronaut pen
Writing suddenly becomes a lot more interesting. A pen has been part of the regular souvenir list for years, but this astronaut pen is very special. The Fisher Space Pen Company from Nevada came up with the original idea of marketing a pen that can be used in space. This pen is anti-gravity and even works upside down, underwater, and in extreme temperatures. A nice, original souvenir from Nevada. Now you just need to plan that trip to space!
9. Llama fetus
Llamas are very popular in souvenirs from Bolivia. In the capital La Paz, you will find the craziest things on the 'Mercado de Hechicería' (or the witch market). The most remarkable thing is the fetus of a llama. The Bolivians believe that these fetuses have a magical effect and provide the buyer with a high dose of luck. Maybe worth a try if you are a real bad-luck bird?
Has the collector in you become even more enthusiastic? Book your flight now!