More meaningful than a fridge full of magnets or a collection of postcards, world travel inspired tattoos depict a part of your life story and remind you of the epic moments you enjoyed as part of your adventure.
With so many travel tattoo ideas and inspiration already floating around online, it’s important to find a design that you absolutely love. So what could be better than designing your own? There are a whole heap of things to consider before you take the plunge and get inked, have a read of the helpful advice in this article if you’re planning your first tattoo.
In the meantime, here are some awesome travel tattoo designs to consider:
1. Coordinates of a Favorite Destination
Simple, but jam-packed full of memories and completely unique to you, the coordinates of a particularly special location would make a beautiful and delicate addition to anywhere on your body. Pay attention to the typeface, size, and location of your travel tattoo before committing to a design. You could choose to have the digits displayed in a straight line, a circle, or incorporated into another design of your choosing.
2. A Meaningful Quote
If you like the idea of a line of text as your tattoo, but want a more obvious tribute to your trip, consider a travel quote by one of life’s great travel adventurers that resonates with your own experiences. My favorite?
“Not all those who wander are lost” – J.R.R. Tolkien
Tip: When it’s time to get inked, pack some water and snacks in your backpack to take with you to the tattoo studio. Depending on the size of your chosen design, you could be there awhile and will need to stay hydrated during your session (and after too!).
3. Passport Stamps
A playful travel tattoo idea that you can customize 100%, a selection of colorful passport stamps from real or fictional destinations all over the world is a great option if you’re looking for a bold travel tattoo. Consider the number and size of stamps in your tattoo design and whether you want them to look realistic or stylized.
4. A Minimalist Map
You can interpret a map design in a million different ways. Whether you choose to focus on a specific country or region, or go for a map of the whole world, there are plenty of ways to personalize your tattoo design. Consider your choice of color, and whether you’d like to add in details like coordinates or graphics to your world travel inspired tattoo.
5. A Special Date
If you’re considering designs for your first tattoo and want to start small, one idea is to opt for a special date—like the day you left on your travels—or the day you met someone special along the way. Small and neat, you can sample getting a tattoo without committing to a time-consuming and possibly painful design on your first attempt!
Tip: If you’re still away backpacking when you get your ink done, be aware that you should also avoid sun exposure in the long term as UV rays degrade and fade tattoo ink.
6. Mountain Peaks
Ideal for anyone who loves outdoor adventure, a travel tattoo design that incorporates mountain peaks illustrates your insatiable wanderlust and love for the wild.
7. A Vapor Trail Heartbeat
If an image can paint a thousand words, this unique tattoo design idea will speak volumes about your love of travel. A plane, with a vapor trail in the shape of a heartbeat reading, says that travel and adventure run right through your veins.
8. A Tiny Travel Symbol
If the ideal of a minimalist design appeals but you’re not sure about having a map, why not create your own unique travel tattoo design featuring a tiny travel symbol, such as a plane, crashing waves, or a palm tree? You could even choose something synonymous with your favorite destination.
Tip: Aftercare is key to avoiding infection and ensuring your design looks polished so follow any advice given by your tattoo artist. Consider keeping some clean dressings and antiseptic cream in your day pack for the following week as a precaution.
9. A Compass or Globe
Much like a map, a lot of world travel inspired tattoo ideas incorporate a globe or compass, but because everyone has a unique vision of how they want to represent their experiences, each tattoo is different. Play around designs that use the arrows of a compass at the center, or one that encapsulates the design within a globe.
10. A Landscape or Cityscape
A bold option, this travel tattoo idea is probably better suited to someone who wants a larger tattoo or is working on a sleeve design. That said, a landscape or cityscape can be a fun way to immortalize your favorite place in ink. The landscape could be a hyper realistic version of a photo you took on your travels or perhaps you’d like the outline of an iconic cityscape? Whatever you choose, if you’re going for a hyper realistic tattoo, research an artist that is known for this kind of work to avoid disappointment.
11. Your Own Artwork Inspired by Your World Travels
My final world travel inspired tattoo idea? Take on the challenge of creating your own unique travel tattoo design either on your own, or with the help of your chosen tattoo artist. You are the best person to find a design that works best since you have all your amazing travel memories to draw on for inspiration!
Regardless of the tattoo you choose, make sure that you are 100% happy with the artist you’ve chosen and are comfortable getting inked before you book your appointment.
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