Travel Themed House Decorations

When a traveler isn’t traveling, they’re probably thinking about traveling. That’s why having travel themed house decor is always a great idea!

If you’re not out exploring the world, one of the nicest things is to have a bit of travel inspiration around you at home. Here are my ideas of how to decorate your space with a travel theme! (These are all photos from my own house)

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Here are my tips for the best travel themed house decorations:

Include Maps– Scratch off, pin maps, vintage or new, it doesn’t matter!
One of my favorites is my sturdy canvas map of the United States from ConQuest Maps. You can customize the text (like I did, paying tribute to my blog name!), pick your own pin colors, and have fun documenting past or future travels.
USA pin map with sunflowers, an example of my travel themed house decorations

Another favorite is this scratch off map from Luckies of London. It is so gratifying to take a coin and scratch off areas you’ve been to!

world map scratch off framed. part of my travel themed house decorations

Globes – I’m a little obsessed with globes, if you can’t tell (If you need further convincing, see my post about our travel themed wedding!). I actually even decorated my sons’ nursery with a travel theme too!
In my experience, the best way to find them is from yard sales or antique malls. The older they are, the more character they have! New globes work too, but maybe not quite as fun!

Another great way to give your home a “travel vibe” is to include vintage cameras. For some reason they just seem to fit in with the exploration and adventure theme. Most of ours come from local yard sales.

Suitcases- Vintage suitcases are great pieces to have. We store things like extra blankets or board games inside them too to make use of the space! Stack them, use them as a side table- anything goes!

Vintage Travel Books– Yard sales are the way to go to find old travel related books, but you can occasionally find them in online auctions or estate sales.
I incorporated ours into my shelf decorations, along with little globes I’ve found too. A personal favorite is my 1920 National Geographic Magazine that I found at an estate sale!

Photographs and Souvenirs– Incorporate your own personal travel photos and souvenir items into your decorations. There are ways to do it without coming across as cheesy! It’s unique, and a great conversation piece.
We’re in the process of making a table with a bunch of foreign currency at the moment, but the ideas are endless! I’ve heard of people using postcards on tables, etc.
 Many of the above items are souvenirs or statues we purchased while traveling. We also framed a few of our favorite travel snapshots as well!This is a beautiful engraved wood piece from a local Kentucky company called Grainwell– they have plenty of gorgeous travel themed pieces!

Remember the Memorabilia– Make use of your old travel guidebooks (like my Lonely Planet collection) when it comes to styling a book shelf. It gives you a place to put them after a trip, but also serves as a reminder of the good times!
Another idea is to get a “Travel Stub Diary”, where you can display things like old tickets or postcards from previous travels in a cute little book.

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  • Reply Maryann Palmeter March 20, 2022 at 7:02 pm

    Love your ideas. Since I have been working remotely for over 2 years, the time has come to convert a spare bedroom into a full time office. I have decided on a travel theme. I always purchase postcards when I travel to use as bookmarks. I have collected so many of them that I decided to incorporate them into a fabric and ribbon covered display board. I have also been scouring thrift stores for framed travel posters and am keeping my eyes peeled for vintage suitcases. Thanks for giving me the inspiration to continue my quest for unique travel decor.

    • Reply Michelle W. March 22, 2022 at 9:32 pm

      I love that idea with the postcards! Feel free to send me an email with photos of it once you have everything set up!

  • Reply Michelle February 17, 2024 at 6:44 pm

    Love your ideas. I have been going insane trying to find a set of 3 globes to put in a tray like you did. Any suggestions on where I can find some? TIA

    • Reply Michelle W. March 4, 2024 at 6:47 pm

      Hi Michelle! I got mine in a bin at a home decor store called “At Home”, and I’ve seen a few at Hobby Lobby as well. Might have just been the luck of the draw though- I hope you can find some!

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