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Once you’ve been bitten by the travel bug, there’s really no going back. You’ll find yourself doing all kinds of crazy travel stuff, you might just get yourself inked! While your souvenir collection from all your travels will be an enviable lot, getting your body etched with an iconic travel themed tattoo is a whole other level of ‘travel crazy’!

Here are 10 best travel tattoos ideas to make you the cynosure of all eyes wherever you go and let people know that you like to “drink life to the lees”.

The World Map

What better way to flaunt your wanderlust than having a World Map carved in blue or black ink and splashed with the right color, classic yet iconic! Even better, get a map void of all color and fill in as and when you visit different countries. Sounds like a good plan right?


Some cities have such gorgeous and distinct skylines, think New York. It could be the city that you call home, it could be your favorite city in the whole world or a city that captured your imagination like no other, a skyline can capture the heart and soul of a place.


Whether Ulysses sought to imprint a tattoo on his body that foretold his immense zeal for travel was not known. But if you are enthusiastic like the sailor and feel you should be prepared to face life’s challenges and all its craziness by going on an adventure spree get a sailboat tattooed on your arms. In a way it symbolizes the free spirit, ‘I go where the winds shall lead me’.

Route 66 Honeymoon

Remember the wonderful trip you had on your honeymoon holidays? Let the world know that you are a die-hard romantic and at the same time a travel aficionado by opting for the Route 66 Honeymoon tattoo that etches several hearts through the path showing where you stopped on your way to your destination.

Nautical Compass

Intricate, sassy and stylish, yet so very traditional, the nautical compass is as classic as travel tattoos can get. It can be a great travel themed tattoo to attract attention of travel enthusiasts like you around. So get ready to boost your travel spirit with this trendy tattoo and embark on an exciting adventurous venture.


If you are a backpacker and a hard-core travel junkie who loves to explore rugged terrains, shimmering beaches, magnificent mountains and wondrous wilderness on foot, then this is the perfect one for you. Etch a few footprints on your skin, of varied size and color, this one as much for yourself as it is for the people who will see it!


Make a collage of the National Flags of every country you visit. When silver will sparkle on your hair, you will be filled with nostalgia looking at these very tattoos that you got to carve on your sojourn across nations around the world. What better way to show off your extensive travel itineraries?

Planes, Cars, Trains, Ships

The modes of travel are an eternal sign of a wanderer’s soul. This one’s for the true nomads at heart, who are constantly moving, unable to stay at any one place for long periods of time. Like butterflies flitting from flower to flower, these souls need to shift base every once in a while.

Iconic Landmarks

You have seen the Eiffel Tower in Paris, been to London to catch the Big Ben, adored the intricate architecture of the Taj Mahal in India and been awed by the Statue of Liberty in New York. Pick out parts of your body to have these iconic landmarks etched in and flaunt them with aplomb. After all, people you meet should know about your treasure trove of travel experiences.


Geo coordinates of places that hold special meaning in your life. Or perhaps, if you’re one of those people who is constantly wandering, it could be the coordinates of your home that you’ve inked into your skin to give you a sense of being grounded.

Travel themed tattoos can be anything that symbolize your own personal taste of travel, from your favorite suitcase or backpack to stamps of countries you’ve travelled to, birds, ships or your favorite quotes about travel. It is all about your own creativity and personal preference. Only be sure you hit a good tattoo artist to get the job done in tune with your taste.


Satarupa is a chatterbox always on the move. While Amritsar is her personal favorite, she aspires to visit any place that can be romantic! A word-monger addicted to all things travel and to the awesome food she gets to lick on each trip.
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