I have a bad case of wanderlust, and I blame this on my childhood.  I was fortunate to be able to travel all over the world at a young age, and I have loved to explore new places ever since.  My first trip outside of the US was when I was in the 3rd grade when my Dad was an Army officer stationed in Korea.

In South Korea with my mom and brother.

 I was also lucky enough to travel to Europe for the first time was when I was in 5thgrade.  Even at such a young age, I still could tell that traveling was such a wonderful experience.  

My first trip to Europe: Rothenberg, Germany.

When I started traveling, I also started collecting (thanks for instilling this in me Mom!).  Now I have a wonderful collection of items from all over the world.  If you look around my home (check out my home tour on the Everygirl if you haven’t), it is obvious that my home is eclectic and collected, and I love how most of my pieces tell a story of my life.  Over the next two weeks I’ll be sharing my favorite types of items to collect while traveling.  Whether you’re exploring the world, or even just a new city a few hours away, you’ll be able to find these types of pieces and they’ll continue to serve as a reminder of your wonderful trips.  These items are practical (you’ll be able to use them, unlike that silly souvenir key chain that you don’t need), and they’re easy to pack so you can continue your trip and not worry about damaging your new treasures.  Stay tuned and check back for these upcoming travel collection tips!

Birds everywhere in St. Mark’s Square in Venice, Italy in 2004.  I hate birds so I don’t know how I managed to take this photo.

Washington D.C. when I was in 3rd grade.  Never imagined I’d be living here now! 

Seoul, South Korea with my dad and brother when I was in 3rd grade.

Garmisch, Germany when I was in 7th grade.  Awkward teenage years…
Katie Vail
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  1. March 10, 2014 / 9:41 am

    Totally feel ya on this! I traveled a lot when I was younger, but not much since going to college/graduating. Collecting little things while traveling is one of the best decisions I've made. Can't wait to see what you share!

  2. March 10, 2014 / 9:41 am

    These are the cutest pictures!! I miss traveling, our kids have brought us down, ha! I started traveling young too, at 8 I went to Europe and fell in love. Look forward to the series these next couple weeks!

  3. March 10, 2014 / 8:26 pm

    Before even reading the caption of the second photo, I was like "GERMANY"! haha while I am not an Army brat, I did move around a lot when I was younger due to my Dad's job, so I know exactly how you feel. Sadly, I always collected postcards, which, well, not the greatest aid in decorating 😉 excited to see this new series!
    xx Johanna

  4. March 12, 2014 / 10:50 am

    Can't wait for the next one, Katie! Didn't we have fun!! We have so many travel stories and adventures …even when we sometimes couldn't afford it . Ha!! No regrets. mom

  5. March 12, 2014 / 4:40 pm

    My friend says my house is like a scrapbook of our family's life. After 28 years of Army life, I have collected from all over the world. Almost everything in my house tells a story…..and I love it!

  6. March 13, 2014 / 1:27 am

    Thanks Monica! I haven't travelled as much since I grew up too, and I'm itching to go on a trip! Thanks for reading 🙂

  7. March 13, 2014 / 1:28 am

    Thanks Laurel! The pics are funny huh? I'm sure you'll start travelling again once they are out of their baby years and I'm sure it'll be a blast!

  8. March 13, 2014 / 1:30 am

    Thanks for exposing us to the wonders of travelling Momma! You and Dad are the best and I'm so thankful for the experiences we had growing up. Thank you for teaching me that the world is such a large and diverse place that deserves to be explored!

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