Back in Houston coming from my slight vacation in Seattle, I noticed everything in my bags were part of my luggage or gifts for others.
Comparing it to 3 years ago, when I traveled in Japan, I wanted to be sure I had numerous souvenirs to take home.
I don't understand the materialism I had. My focus should've solely been on the experience - the culture - food - fun. The possessions, while unique... I've come to find, don't define me, and they don't make me happy. Why spend on those kinds of items?
I think I've evolved in that sense, and it truly pleases me.. when I sat down with myself and found out, hey, there are no 'physical' gifts for me, and I like it. :)