I have to be honest, I really don’t think I’ve ever paid any attention to the actual stamps in my passport except on two occasions: (1) Running out of room near year 10 as previously mentioned, and (2) Not getting an entry stamp upon landing at ZRH, not noticing until time to leave, and then wondering if it would cause any issues when leaving. It actually did cause a little ruckus…I had to explain, answer questions, etc. I have no idea why they didn’t stamp it coming in…an oversight, I guess. Upon departure, the immigration officers finally decided that since my traveling companions were all stamped upon arrival and that we were all booked under the same ticket, I must be legit, and they let me leave. More alternative “souvenir” ideas might include a pamphlet, a ticket stub, a receipt, or some other free thing that reminds you later of a certain place. I don’t collect these things intentionally, but I always end up with a bunch of this stuff in my messenger bag when I get home. As I’m cleaning it out, I’m reminded of a certain palace, museum, or just a good coffee shop. Just the other day, I found something I must have missed when cleaning out my bag from three trips ago. It was an unwrapped moist towelette from Japan in my messenger bag…it reminded me of how much I enjoyed that flight on All Nippon last summer. What a great airline! Anyway, this stuff is free, you don’t even have to try to acquire it, and it can bring back some good memories. It might be as dull as a receipt from a truck stop in Luxembourg, but when I found just such a receipt after a trip, it reminded me of that entire day driving from Paris to St. Goar, with a stop in Trier. Lots of funny stories...it was a great day, indeed.