Collecting LEGO sets is something anyone can enjoy—from adult collectors to little youngsters. Although they are small in size, anyone can turn these miniature toy blocks into a fantastic array of creations and characters.
With your imagination in mind, the possibilities of making use of a LEGO set in any setting are near-endless. You don’t have to grab ahold of the expensive or rare sets either; you can start collecting your own mini-world from any set you get your eyes on, and it’d be up to you to add them to your wall shelf or tag it along in your next destination.
Here’s why a LEGO set is a great companion during travels.
1) Unforgettable souvenir
One of the best things about collecting LEGO sets is that it’s a great reminder of your travel experiences.
Sure, you can always take pictures and videos to preserve every moment of your trip, but having an instant physical memento will allow you to relive the experience of the places you go to every time you glance at the LEGO set.
Many people who travel often find it a hassle to lug around bulky items like camera gear and selfie sticks, especially if they don’t have a lot of space in their luggage. But this doesn’t hold true for LEGO sets as these tiny items are easy to carry along without taking up too much space.
2) A great way to kill time in airports
Depending on your travel itinerary, you may find yourself spending a lot of time in the airport. In fact, it’s not uncommon for some people to spend more time at airports than on actual flights.
Although airports have plenty of things going on—from shopping and dining options to entertainment facilities, spending hours sitting around can be quite a challenge. This is especially true if you’ve frequented the airport countless times before for business trips or other reasons. For many travelers, this can be a bit of a headache.
Needless to say, airports and flights can get boring at times. So, why not sit back, relax, and pass the time by putting your LEGO set together while waiting for your next flight?
3) A perfect activity before bedtime
Even if you’re excited about reaching your destination, it’s still common to have some travel jitters about being in a new place—especially if you’re a first-time traveler.
Fortunately, a LEGO set can help ease these jitters by allowing you to do something familiar and comforting before going to bed at night. If people bring books to their travels to pass time, what’s to stop you from bringing LEGO sets for the same reason?
4) You can make a collection of photos of them around the world
One of the best things about traveling is that there’s always an opportunity for you to snap and add memorable photos into your collection.
You can explore your travel destination, take pictures with monuments and other famous landmarks, and get great shots of the people you meet along the way.
But if you’re camera-shy or simply want to take a step back from being the subject in all the photos, you can utilize the LEGO sets that you brought with you instead.
One recommendation is to place your LEGO set against the backdrop of a famous landmark and take loads of cool and wacky pictures with it!
This way, you can still add in the excitement and fun of building it in your next travel destination without having to worry about appearing in every photo. Your photos will also stand out from the dozens of other tourist shots of the same things, thanks to your suave LEGO figure.
And throughout the trip, you can develop a photo collage of all the LEGO photographs you brought around the world and share them with your friends or social media.
5) A great conversation starter
Even though a LEGO set is a small item, it can still make quite a buzz among the people around you. This is especially true if they notice that you’ve been carefully putting it together as you wait for your flight or as you sit in an alleyway cafe in the streets of an unfamiliar city.
LEGO is one of the largest toy brands in the world; so you’re bound to pique the interest of other hobbyists, especially if you put them on display in busy areas.
Who knows? Perhaps you’ll make some new international friends and have a blast experimenting with your hobby together. Win-win!
7) It shows your fun and quirky side
Let’s face it: if you’re even just considering bringing a LEGO set out of your home, then you’re already someone who I’d say has some pretty interesting hobbies.
A LEGO set is the perfect way to let that side of your personality shine through when on your next trip. It also speaks volumes about who you are as a person, particularly if it’s something as uncommon and unique as showing off your LEGO collection. And in some cases, it can even be a great icebreaker when meeting new people.
So the next time you travel, make sure to bring your LEGO set! You never know when these plastic toy figures—whether it’s of Harry Potter or a character from Star Wars—can come in handy and lead you to long-lasting friendships with like-minded people.
8) You can never just have one
Call it a collector’s curse, but you’ll never truly be able to stop at just one LEGO set to add to your collection.
When you go abroad, you’ll be sure to encounter a fresh batch of new LEGO sets that’ll be available in the local toy and hobbyist stores to choose from. And with many LEGO sets that are released every year, you’ll find yourself adding to your collection on a very regular basis.
If you’re enthusiastic about collecting LEGOs, there’s no reason not to bring some along and bring even more back home!