Souvenirs are a must for many travellers. Be it a postcard, figurine, or some form of food or drink, most holidaymakers bring something of their holidays back home with them. But, there are some places in the world, as customers of Away Holidays will tell you, that offer strange and bizarre mementos to visitors.
Scotland is one of those places with some strange souvenirs. Famous for its tartan, bagpipes and unique traditional attire, Scotland attracts many visitors, from the UK and worldwide, each year. But have the Scots gone a bit over the top with some of their souvenirs? For example, an air freshener; a bit of an odd keepsake anyway, but even stranger when it’s shaped like a bagpipe and plays a tune when you squeeze it. Or how about a miniature kilt built to go around a glass bottle? So you and your beverage can celebrate Scottish tradition together.
In Vietnam, you can pick up a little bottle of snake wine to take home with you. Consisting of real snakes steeped in grain alcohol or rice wine, snake wine is a popular take-home item to those who visit Vietnam. Whilst, to Westerners, the idea of snake wine may seem bizarre or even slightly off-putting, in Vietnam and other Asian countries, it is quite the opposite. Snake wine is considered to have healing properties, able to rid almost any ailment from a common cold to more serious diseases. Snake wine is not only a seemingly unique and peculiar souvenir, but also one that captures a slice of Vietnamese belief and culture.
Bavaria, in southern Germany, has an equally as unusual souvenir available to tourists; the wolpertinger. The wolpertinger is a creature, part of local folklore, which is said to inhabit the Bavarian forests. The creature is a mish-mash of several animals, usually including a squirrel, rabbit, bird and deer, amongst others. As an example, a wolpertinger may have the body of a rabbit, feet and wings of a bird, complete with a squirrel’s tail and teeth, and possibly antlers, too. There is nothing so strange about a made up creature as part of local legend, you might say, but what is weird is how popular the wolpertinger has become with taxidermists. Available in shops all over southern Germany, are ‘real’ wolpertingers. Stuffed parts of other animals are combined together to create taxidermy wolpertingers, which are sold to tourists in shops, airports and train stations all over Bavaria.
If you feel like expanding your souvenir collection outside of the ordinary, get in touch with a trusted and experienced travel agent, such as Away Holidays, in order to start planning your next weird and wonderful trip.