10 Great Travel Inspired Home Decoration Ideas

Hiking in Colorado

I know this is a slightly different post than you are used to on this blog. But that’s because my life is also ‘slightly’ different than one year ago.

One year ago I was traveling around the globe with my husband, we didn’t know for how long and didn’t really have an itinerary planned. The plan was to travel until the money ran out or until we felt it was enough.

We ended up visiting 11 countries (10 new): the U.A.E., Sri Lanka, Oman, Nepal, Malaysia, Taiwan, Canada, the U.S.A., Indonesia, Australia and Iceland. It was an awesome year!

In the end we returned home for a different reason, I was pregnant! And while you can absolutely travel with kids, I wanted to be home (aka the Netherlands) for the majority of my pregnancy.

Oog in Al, our pretty neighborhood in Utrecht, the Netherlands
Oog in Al, our pretty neighborhood in Utrecht, the Netherlands

Our travel-themed home: my favorite travel decoration items

Looking back, 2018 was a pretty major year for us: we both started a new job, had a baby, sold our one bedroom apartment and moved into a ‘grown-up’ house. And that’s when I went a bit overboard decorating our new home…

Perhaps it was because 2018 was so very different from 2017. While we took small trips in 2018 (we traveled to London and Luxembourg and recently took our baby boy on his first trips to Greece and London), we didn’t nearly travel as much as the year before.

Spending time at home with my baby during my maternity leave was wonderful, however, I had to bring travel into our lives somehow. Enter my new travel themed home decoration obsession!

1. Travel inspired art prints

Rocky Mountains Canada - print

First of all, I got this beautiful Rocky Mountains print from Cairn North. We visited the Rocky Mountains in Canada during our yearlong trip and it was one of our favorite places of the entire journey. I mean, with views like this, how could it not be…

One of the most beautiful places I have ever been: Moraine Lake in Alberta, Canada

2. World maps

I have two world maps adorning the walls of my house, one in our study and one in our bedroom. The one in our study is a very detailed map with country flags, capitals, population, surface area, etc.

I love to look at this map and read names of places we visited, it brings back so many memories!

I also love finding new (to me) countries on the map, or countries I only know by name. Sometimes I’m quite surprised to discover where they are actually located!

Wooden world map - how to decorate your home with travel inspired stuff

In our bedroom we have another world map, this is a very special one because it was custom-made by my sister. She is a very talented painter and made this beautiful wooden map for me as a birthday gift.

I love this world map and it’s hanging on the wall of our bedroom so I can look at it every day when I wake up. You can buy a similar wooden world map here.

3. Lonely planet display

I love looking at my Lonely Planet collection!

There is nothing I love to do more on a rainy afternoon than browse through my battered Lonely Planet guidebooks. I pretty much have one for each country we visited, though I have some as e-book only.

Generally, I prefer the paper versions as I find them easier to flip through. Also, I put yellow post-its on pages with things I want to find back quickly and always scribble notes on notebook sheets that I fold between the pages.

And of course the actual books are perfect to put on display on your book shelf.

4. Travel souvenir collection

Souvenirs from all over the world are the perfect items to decorate your home!

Despite having traveled to 40+ countries, I unfortunately don’t have a ton of souvenirs. It’s just not very convenient to collect pretty but unpractical items on a long-term trip, after all, you have to carry everything on your back.

Nevertheless, I have collected some precious items from different countries I visited. Like algarrobo seed pods from Cuba. Or chopsticks from Vietnam (these were actually pretty useful on our trip!).

Camping in Japan Hokkaido

I also have a fleece blanket from Hokkaido (Japan) which we bought because we were freezing when camping there in April (aka, still winter on Hokkaido). This fluffy blanket is now my baby’s favorite item in the world.

Other souvenirs include a small red phone booth from London (cliche, I know), an empty grappa bottle shaped like the Tower of Pisa and a pretty fan from Cambodia. And of course we brought the license plate of our trusted VANessa (the van we bought when roadtripping around Canada and the USA). 

Road trip USA - driving a mountain road in Colorado

5. Travel pictures

How many of us have a phone or laptop full of beautiful travel pictures that you haven’t looked at since taking them?

Yes, I’m guilty…

However, I decided to change that when I moved into a house with plenty of empty walls. I now have travel pictures on the walls of most of the rooms in our home (even the toilet!). Every time I look at them, they bring a smile to my face because of the great memories I have about those beautiful places.

Picture frame with travel pictures - travel inspired items for your home

6. Travel themed items for our baby

Just to make sure we instill some serious wanderlust in our baby, I’ve assembled several travel themed items for him.

For instance, he has a tiny backpack with a world map on it. I use this bag to hold his stuff when he goes to daycare. I also have a very cute cooler bag to hold his milk bottles, also with a world map!

7. A vintage suitcase

I don’t actually have this item yet but it’s very high on my wishlist! While we traveled the world with a backpack, those are mostly practical and not very suitable for decoration;-).

These beautiful vintage suitcases are the exact opposite: totally unpractical (for travel) but beautiful items to decorate your home with.

I plan to use these to store toys for my baby boy when he is a little older. Just so he’ll get used to packing and unpacking his suitcase…

8. A travel themed calendar

I got a beautiful calendar by Lonely Planet from my mum. Not only is this a great way to remember when to congratulate your family and friends with their birthday or wedding anniversary; this calendar also inspires you to visit new places with it’s beautiful pictures and interesting facts about countries around the world.

9. Timezone clocks

This is another awesome travel decoration idea that I have yet to put into practice in our home. The idea is to buy a couple of clocks and set them to the time of your favorite cities around the world.

Below the clocks you hang a sign with the name of the city, so you’ll always know if it’s time for breakfast, lunch or dinner at your favorite places in the world!

10. Magnetic board with entrance tickets

I have collected quite a lot of entrance tickets to museums, historic buildings and other interesting places we visited around the world. I’ve put these on a magnetic board, a colorful collection of travel memories!

That’s it, my top 10 ideas for decorating your home with travel items. I hope this has given you some ideas to bring travel into your life, even if you are (currently) not traveling!

Here are 10 great ways to decorate your home with travel inspired items that will affirm your wanderlust and inspire your next trip! #travel #homedecoration

Disclosure: I was given a Rocky Mountain print by Cairn North for free. Nevertheless, all pictures and opinions are my own.

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