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★ The Coolest Travel Tattoos | Wanderlust Inspired Tats ★

Updated on February 18, 2016

Travel Inspired Designs & Quotes

People often get tattoos to represent times, places and events that mean something to them. These kind of travel-themed tattoos remind people of time spent elsewhere, things they experienced, people they met etc. and are a way of holding onto the memories. They can also be used to represent your travelling hopes and dreams for the future.

Below you will find some design ideas, as well as some photos of my favourite designs and some inspiring travel quotes too. I hope this page helps you feel inspired if you are currently planning to get a travel themed tat :)

Atlantic Ocean, New York Skyline


Inspiring Tattoo Books

Books of tattoos are brilliant resources for ideas and inspiration, and you can choose the book based on what style you prefer; whether it's vintage, birds, dragons or words.

High Voltage Tattoo
High Voltage Tattoo

A book by the famous and very popular tattoo artist Kat Von D, looking at the tattoo culture around the world. Also includes personal stories and information, plus tattoo sketches and examples.

Body Type: Intimate Messages Etched in Flesh
Body Type: Intimate Messages Etched in Flesh

Large range of creative typography-based tattoos, with explanations of why certain fonts and words were used.




World Map


Nautical Star Compass


Route 66 Honeymoon

The tattoo is by Dreek Owen and is made to represent a honeymoon trip - with the hearts representing where the couple stopped along the way. Lovely idea.
The tattoo is by Dreek Owen and is made to represent a honeymoon trip - with the hearts representing where the couple stopped along the way. Lovely idea. | Source

Some Travel-Themed Ideas

- Map - could be an outline of the world map, could be a realistic globe, could be the shape of your favourite state/country/continent, could be the road map of your hometown, the London underground map etc.

- Compass

- Paper plane

- Travel quote

- Footprints

- A method of transport e.g. plane, train, ship, bicycle, campervan, motorbike

- Could be a particular route you went along when travelling, marked out in a dotted red line over an outline of the country.

- Suitcase

- Symbols to represent places e.g. Eiffel Tower, Taj Mahal, Statue of Liberty, Big Ben etc.

- Flags

- Passport stamp or airmail parcel stamp

- Birds

- A song lyric from a song that represents your trip, that makes you think of a particular great moment on your travels, or is about a specific place you've been e.g 'I took the midnight train going anywhere' 'I'm leaving on a jet plane, Don't know when I'll be back again' 'You've been all over, and its been all over you' 'Listen can you hear the distance calling'

- Ticket

- Maybe get matching tattoos with all your travel buddies, to commemorate the great time you had - maybe even just numbers to represent the date of the trip.

- Something which represents freedom to you

- GPS co-ordinates to represent the location of your favorite place(s)

- Landmarks

Skyline Tat


Not All Who Wander Are Aimless

Vintage Tattoos: The Book of Old-School Skin Art
Vintage Tattoos: The Book of Old-School Skin Art

A book for people interested in classic, old school or vintage tattoos, as well as the history of this art form.


Road Trip Memories


Live for Travel


This fabulous photo is by Live for Travel - see more on Tumblr.

My City, My Tatt

Melbourne city skyline tattoo.
Melbourne city skyline tattoo. | Source

Travel Quotes & Phrases

- "Add life to your days, not days to your life."

- "Carpe Diem."

- "The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page." ~Saint Augustine

- "There are no foreign lands. It is the traveler only who is foreign." ~ Robert Louis Stevenson

- "Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail" - Ralph Waldo Emerson

- Take the road less travelled.

- "Not all those who wander are lost." - J. R. R. Tolkien

- Get Lost.

- "No matter where you go, there you are." ~ Buckaroo Banzi

- "Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore." ~ Andre Gide

- "Travelers, there is no path, paths are made by walking" ~ Antonio Machado

- "No road is long with good company" ~ Turkish Proverb

- "Life is either a daring adventure or nothing." ~ Helen Keller

- "Make voyages! Attempt them...there's nothing else." ~ Tennessee Williams

- "Take only memories, leave only footprints."~ Chief Seattle

- "A ship in a harbor is safe, but that's not what ships are built for." ~ William Shedd

- "To travel is to possess the world". ~ Burton Holmes

- The world is your oyster.

- "The open road is a beckoning, a strangeness, a place where a man can lose himself." ~ William Least Heat Moon

- "I haven't been everywhere, but it's on my list." ~ Susan Sontag

- "If you come to a fork in the road, take it." ~ Yogi Berra

- "Heroes take journeys, confront dragons, and discover the treasure of their true selves." ~ Carol Pearson

- "Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of men, instead, seek what they sought." ~ Matsuo Basho

- "I must be traveling on now, 'cause there's too many places I've got to see." ~ Lynard Skynyrd, in Free Bird

Fly Away




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      Robert Connor 3 years ago from Michigan

      Like your lens topic!

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      TravelTourist 4 years ago

      Got a few and want more, I guess its an individual thing but its great to see so many people with tattoo's that have meaning to them. I am not really into the skull with axes and snakes hanging out of it but some of the ones you have here a really good. I have been meaning to get a compass done for a while yet just never seem to get around to it but I think you might have motivated me to get off my butt and get it done :)

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      leestanley3 4 years ago

      Tattoos are and should be referred to as 'Tat'. I don't have one nor do I wish to have one.... therefore I am the unique one... unlike all my 'Tatty' friends and colleagues.

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      visit2goa 4 years ago

      Awesome and crazy ideas. Even fantastic one. the guy tattooed globe on his back was the nice one.

      really awesome.. wonderful job.

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      mastholiday 4 years ago

      fly away is the best one, as it sound nice "fly away"

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Nice ideas and some great work there too. I have a tattoo of the state of Texas. It's become like my second home and I've had some great times there with friends, so it's definitely something that is special to me.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Nice tatoos there. the department of Fine and applied arts of UNN has a whole lot of info on great tattoo paterns

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      Klaartje Loose 4 years ago

      I don't have a tattoo, but my love has 5 and is planning his 6th. All with symbolic meaning and personal stories of course...

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      TedWritesStuff 5 years ago

      I prefer to just take photos ;-) Bit to radical and after 80 countries I'd be covered already.. and I'm not ready to stop!

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      danielle-fedorov 5 years ago

      My friend has one on her wrist that says "nunca olvides" (never forget) which reminds her of her time in spain. It's simple but I really like it.

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      carolweez 5 years ago

      My favorite is the one with the globes. Really nicely done.

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      Alenkita1 5 years ago from Slovenia

      I have 2 of my own, though I do not really like the travel themes, but you surely put some of the best in this lens. Loved the compass one!

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      eTravelSense 5 years ago

      Some interesting ones in there. Great lens! Compass is my fav!

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      mikebudhanip 5 years ago

      wow lovely tattoos nice............

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      mueedahmad 5 years ago

      Tattoos looks great while one has to enjoy a trip especially on beach side or casinos.

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      moanaparker lm 5 years ago

      sexy tattoos..

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      nikitakapoor 5 years ago

      nice ideas for tattoos!

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      Cynthia Davis 5 years ago from Pittsburgh

      These are cool ideas for tattoos!