The last time I bought books on vacation was when I was in Singapore last year. I visited the Borders Bookstore there everyday over our four day stay and purchased numerous books. I was familiar with the U.S. covers so when I came across a book that came with two different covers, say the UK print, I was sure to buy the non-US print for collector purposes.
I used to be a music seller at the White Flint Borders Books, Music & Cafe in Rockville, MD so when we go on trips around the country I like to visit different stores. I do this with Cheesecake Factory restaurants too. I worked at the 16th Street Mall Cheesecake Factory in downtown Denver, CO in the late 90’s. I have been to at least a dozen different Cheesecake Factory locations from Seattle to Boca Raton, FL. Let’s see if I can remember all the locations: Seattle WA, Bellevue WA, Denver CO, Boulder CO, Frisco TX, Chicago IL, Chevy Chase MD, Rockville MD, Baltimore MD, Tyson’s Corner VA, Arlington VA, West Palm Beach FL, Fort Lauderdale FL, and Boca Raton FL. Whew!! That’s a lot of cheesecake & apple dumplings!
I’m not usually a big book shopper when I’m on vacation though but I tend to buy CD’s when traveling. Since music is such a big part of my life I like to have music that reminds me of where I’ve been. Not necessarily music representative of the place but just something that will remind me of the trip when I listen to it. The two most memorable CD’s purchased on vacation are The Go-Go’s Greatest Hits that I picked up at a used cd store during my high school choir trip to Orlando senior year. The second CD was just last year while the hubby and I were visiting Tokyo. We were in Shibuya and came across a large CD store. The new G. Love CD had just been released in Japan and this copy had a few extra tracks just for Japanese stores. Too cool!