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Magnets From our Travels

Updated on September 17, 2014

Magnets are Great Travel Souvenirs

I enjoy collecting magnets from the places that we visit. Magnets are great little reminders of our travels. They are fairly inexpensive and they are easy to pack in my purse or luggage.

Over the years I have collected many magnets and when I look over them they tell a story of the places that we have visited. As you can see from these magnets, I love to visit lighthouses. These are just a few of the ones we have visited over the years.

In this lens I will use the magnets to share the story of our travels.

photos by mbgphoto

Magnets from my work related travel


From 1996-2006 I had a regional directors position at work and traveled around the country to several meetings each year. When I had time to do a little sightseeing on the side I would buy a magnet for a memento.

As you can see from these magnets we had meetings in Palm Springs, Las Vegas, Seattle, Atlanta, Denver, Los Angeles, and on Disney World property.

Mediterranean Cruise


In 1999 my husband and I took our first big cruise, a 14 day cruise to the Mediterranean. It was fabulous!! We visited Barcelona, Spain, Aix, France, Monte Carlo, Sicily and many places in Italy. We were able to see Rome, Venice and Pisa and took a wonderful trip down the Amalfi coast. It was my favorite trip ever!! Lots of wonderful memories...but when I looked through my magnets I only found this one from Pisa.

Panama Canal Cruise


In November of 2001 we took a cruise through the Panama Canal. It was soon after the 9/11 attacks and I remember that security was tight with security boats proceeding the cruise ships into all of the ports.

We had a great time. I remembering sitting on our balcony and watching the canals being raised and lowered. Very interesting.

We also had stops in Cozumel, Mexico, Cartenga, Columbia, Costa Rica, and the Cayman Islands.

Northern Europe Cruise


In 2002 we took a cruise to northern Europe and took my parents with us. We had a wonderful time visiting several countries: Spain, France, Belgium, Netherlands, England, Ireland, and Scotland.

Alaska Cruise and Land Tour


In August of 2003 we took a cruise and land tour to Alaska. The first part of the trip was a cruise that left out of Vancouver, Canada. It was a great time and we then proceeded to Anchorage for the land tour. A wonderful experience.

Rhine River Cruise


We had enjoyed our ocean cruises so much that in 2004 we decided to try a river cruise. The one we chose went up the Rhine river starting in Basel, Switzerland and traveled through France,Germany,Netherlands, and Belgium. It was delightful! A smaller venue than we had on past cruises but we liked the atmosphere and we got to meet so many nice people.

Magnet Maps

Some magnets come in the shape of the country or state. This one is from Germany.

Hawaiian Cruise


In July of 2006 we took a trip to Hawaii where we boarded a cruise ship to take us around the various islands. At each stop we spent the day exploring that island.

Other Trips Abroad

We took several trips to Mexico. One we went to Puerto Vallarta and another time we went to Cancun.

In 2000 we went to England for a friends sons wedding and then flew to Cyprus with our friends for a week "holiday". A fantastic trip!

Quebec City


In the fall of 2010 we took a cruise from New York City to Quebec City in Canada. Along the way we had several stops in Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. I love the quaintness of old Quebec City.

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Jerusalem Magnet

During our visit to Cypress we took a two night cruise over to the Holy Land. We had a one day tour of Jerusalem and Bethlehem. It was an inspiring experience to walk on the same ground where Jesus walked.

This magnet would be a good reminder of that trip.

Travel in the USA

Over the years my husband and I have traveled all over the USA. We have been to almost all of the 50 states and hope to someday visit the 4 we have left.

These are some magnets from our various trips over the years.

Covered Bridges

Parke County, Indiana

We had a delightful road trip to Parke County, Indiana, where we discovered many covered bridges as we traveled the country roads. Parke County, Indiana is considered the Covered Bridge Capital of the World They have 32 covered bridges still in existence today, and we were able to photograph 23 of them.


Tell me about your favorite trip - what memento did you bring back?

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      Michey LM 5 years ago

      We use to buy them in all our trips... Thanks for great memories.

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      Elsie Hagley 5 years ago from New Zealand

      Actually I have never been to of New Zealand, but I enjoy living here, I wouldn't change it for all the world. So i do not have any memento, but you have a great idea , collecting souvenirs magnets of the places you have been. Thanks for sharing. Blessed.

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      Elsie Hagley 5 years ago from New Zealand

      @anonymous: Nice t now your have been to New Zealand and enjoyed it. Happy days

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Hi MaryBeth what a great way to be able to look back at your memories, not only pictures, but the magnets as well, you have been to some to die for places. I have only been to Bali and New Zealand, which I enjoyed, but I have done up a Bucket List

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      Senora M 6 years ago

      Very cool lens. *blessed* We went to Israel last year and I loved that! We didn't bring much stuff back and our fridge is stainless, so no magnets. We also went to Costa Rica for our honeymoon and brought back a lot of wooden bowls. We also toured around Europe before we had kids for 2 weeks and did it with very little stuff--2 back packs--so we didn't bring much back from there!! :)

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      MargoPArrowsmith 6 years ago

      I loved my two trips to Montreal and Quebec City

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I love this lens.. dearest lady mbgphoto :) All your travel magnets as the great souvenirs are so beautiful. I always think it's a kind of sweet memory on each piece.. It makes .. the real happiness just like to come back again to its place. Thanks for sharing. 5 stars for you. Have a wonderful time.. always :)

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      David Stone 7 years ago from New York City

      Venice and lots of photos for souvenirs. Isn't travel the best addiction?

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      Patricia 7 years ago

      How fun! I like to get magnets too! Love this lens! Blessing it!

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      Ann Hinds 7 years ago from So Cal

      Great lens. I also collect magnets from our trips but ran out of room on the fridge so I bought the metal boards and now they hang on the family room wall. They are always a topic of conversation and when I want to revisit the trip, I just go look at the magnets.

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      Vicki Green 7 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      What a fun and beautifully done lens! Gosh, I have a lot of favorite trips. It is hard to pick the most favorite. I collect shot glasses wherever I go - also small and affordable and usually available in airports if I can't find one I like anywhere else during my trip.

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      julieannbrady 7 years ago

      Oh gosh yes indeed ... collectible and artsy magnets from travels are the very very very best gift out there! A bit of art with a memory for the refrigerator so that each time you visit the frig, you get reminded. My favorite came from Cesky Krumlov.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 7 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I love your magnet collection and am very impressed that you can take a picture of your refrigerator door without a bunch of clutter showing. I was just noticing this morning that I need to take everything off mine and start over with some new magnets. It is filled with photos, notes, and just stuff. Of course, I have some magnets that are very special and I will keep those but have many that need to be discarded. I love the idea of collecting them on your travels. Great job on this lens. I sure enjoyed my visit. Thanks for sharing your collection.

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      Mary Beth Granger 7 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      @Sylvestermouse: My four missing states are: Vermont, Montana, Idaho and Oregon. Maybe someday:)

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 7 years ago from United States

      Awesome collection! I love magnets too! They really are an "easy to carry" souvenir and a great reminder of a wonderful trip. It is really neat that you have been to so many countries and different states. I couldn't help but try to figure out the missing 4 :) I think I need a map. No doubt, I an NOT smarter than a 5th grader.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Great magnet collection from your travels. My favorite trip was driving from San Diego to Seattle. What gorgeous country. Didn't really get any mementos. Hope you have many more travels ahead of you!

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      oztoo lm 7 years ago

      How lucky you are to have done so much travelling and have these magnets as a memento. A great idea as they last longer than many other souvenirs. My favorite trips are ones that take you out in the country where there is little opportunity for souvenir buying. Great lens.

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      Faye Rutledge 7 years ago from Concord VA

      Love your've certainly traveled to many places. :)

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      Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Very cool magnets. A wonderful travel collection.

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      ulla_hennig 7 years ago

      Great collection of magnets and some wonderful photos!

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      Cheryl Paton 7 years ago from West Virginia

      Magnets are cool to collect. You can use them and also easily rearrange them.

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 7 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      What a great collection of magnets you have from your trips! My daughter has started a souvenir magnet collection, many of which are currently on our fridge since she doesn't have her own place yet. I used to buy postcards of places I went, but they haven't lasted as well as the magnets!

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      JenOfChicago LM 7 years ago

      Great lens idea! I like to collect Christmas ornaments from my travels - had to get a bigger tree last year! Blessed by a squidangel

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      Virginia Allain 7 years ago from Central Florida

      I'm envious of all the lovely trips you've taken. Thanks for sharing some of the memories.