Make your new home a reflection of the unique you. Whether it be your college dorm or your first apartment, surround yourself in interesting pieces. Try not to replicate a Pottery Barn or Freedom catalogue, create an environment that inspires you to be you. When you travel, keep an eye out for things to bring life to your new place. Unfortunately nowadays, much of what is sold in third world countries are made in China with cheap and breakable materials. The best way to distinguish between Chinese souvenirs and real treasures is to research organisations and schools who sponsor shops and classes to make items in an authentic and traditional way. Not only does this mean that you bring back good quality items for your home, but you also support local workers.
Last year I travelled to South America, and here are some amazing pieces that I brought home with me.