One of the things that is nearly unavoidable when traveling is using the local currency. Credit cards and ATMs make it a lot easier. But, it is rare to be able to go anywhere let alone anywhere remote without using at least some actual money. And what is equally unavoidable is coming home without at least a little pocket change on your person.
I have had a plastic bag full of money sitting in my desk drawer for years. I have never known what to do with it and have grown to love it. Part of me adores having it as if it is a souvenir. (Some of the money I have collected doesn’t even exist anymore! Irish pence, Italian, etc.) Part of me hangs on to the money thinking I will use it again when I go back to that country!
What does one do with their plastic bag full of foreign money? Well, I did what any rational woman would do. I consulted Pinterest. Well, as usual Pinterest makes me feel inadequate because they had a number of wonderful ideas on what to do with one’s money. There were folks who glued their money to the place where it came from on a map and displayed said map in their house. There were others who turned their change in to a coffee table. And my favorite put the money in a gorgeous little vintage jar and wrote the word “Adventure” on the outside of the jar. It was as if the money in the jar would fund their next adventure.
Tell me what do you do with your left over travel change? Do you donate it? Do you turn it in and exchange it for your local money? Do you keep it for your next trip? Do you do any Pinterest style creative things with it? Or do you just have it in a pile in your desk?