One of the cheapest and easiest souvenirs of a vacation is sending yourself post cards. You can even keep a travel diary that way. How do you write a travel diary using post cards? It's easy!
When you're visiting somewhere new, buy post cards. They're inexpensive and the pictures are almost always better than the ones you take yourself. Get post card stamps from the post office before you go. Don't use regular first class stamps; that wastes money that you could spend on sightseeing, dining out, or other souvenirs, like a bear holding a corkscrew.
Step 1: Go somewhere fun on vacation. Colorado is beautiful this time of year. (Colorado is beautiful every time of year.)
Step 2: Do something interesting, like hiking in White River National Forest, skiing in Breckenridge, visiting the Barney Ford Victorian House, attending a dinner show at the Glenwood Vaudeville Review, rafting on the Dolores River, or exploring a gold mine.
Step 3: After sightseeing, enjoy a good meal. Try Butterhorn Bakery and Cafe, The Lost Cajun, Hacienda Real, Bread and Salt, or Boatyard Pizzeria and Grill. Frisco alone has more than 50 restaurants, and there are many more in Dillon, Breckenridge, Silverthorne, Copper Mountain, Keystone, and Leadville.
Step 4: Go back to your hotel and write about what you did. Tell what you liked best; describe how things looked. What did the music at the marina sound like? How did the fresh mountain air and wildflowers smell?
Step 5: Mail the post cards.
Step 6: Go home, and have the memories of your vacation follow you home! If you like, you can collect the post cards in an album. Or leave them loose and have a souvenir of your trip for less than a dollar a day.
This can be done by any age, but is an especially good activity for children.