Traveling Finds & Collections

A Spotlight on Allison Dewan’s Favorite Things

Design inspiration often comes from travel. Not only does it come from your own personal travel, but it can come from the travel of loved ones.

I have two very special friends who often times find very special treasures and gifts to give me as presents. These two friends I met 6 years ago in Madrid. We were all living there and studying, and we became travel buddies.

Over the past 6 years we have visited more than 5 countries together and we frequently take trips together here in the United States. In the past year alone, we have spent time together in Croatia and Italy, and in Chicago, NYC, and Washington D.C.

I recently reunited with my travel buddies in Philadelphia. One of the travel buddies just started the MBA program at The Wharton School, and this summer, before starting school, she worked in Hong Kong.

Below are some images of the gifts she purchased for me in various places in Asia during her time working in Hong Kong.

One of these items is a coconut shell bowl from Cambodia. You would never guess it was a coconut, unless you picked it up and looked at the bottom.


It really is a coconut…see here the bottom:


My other favorite item given to me by my travel buddy from her Asian Adventure is a notebook that was handmade in China. It is from a Hutong in Beijing.

It now graces my desk at work:



Do you have a Favorite Thing from your travels?  Tell us about it on twitter at @WomensBoard2014


Allison Dewan is a blogger for the Art and Antique Show as part of the Women’s Board Social Media Committee. She is an avid traveler who loves exploring new areas and discovering the local cultures of her travel destinations. She blames this wanderlust on her international affairs degree from GWU in Washington D.C. 


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