From seasoned globetrotters to occasional wanderers, travel holds a special place in many hearts. Travelling has the profound ability to open our eyes to new beliefs, cultures, and ways of life. Our innate desire for adventure is a uniquely human trait that carries us to all corners of the world out of pure curiosity. In recent years, travel has even become a way of life for the growing population of “digital nomads,” individuals who reject a standard way of life in pursuit of greater freedom and flexibility. For these individuals, travel is more than a call for adventure; it’s also a piece of their identity.
For true travel lovers, a tattoo can help memorialize a special trip, favorite setting, or simply an undying feeling of wanderlust. Tattoos are more permanent than passport stamps, memorabilia, and other souvenirs that are collected on the road, all of which may easily be lost or destroyed. On the other hand, those who favor a transient way of life may prefer a semi-permanent tattoo to inspire them when wanderlust strikes. We have included examples of both in the gallery below.
There are about as many possibilities for travel tattoos as there are destinations to explore. This is because the sights and experiences of travel are unique to each individual. However, there are broader themes that are exceptionally suited for tattoo designs. These include airplanes and other modes of transportation, world maps, tropical, mountainous, or forested settings, and travel-inspired words. Any of these designs can be beautifully simple, and yet speak volumes about your desire for travel and adventure. Below is a sampling of some of our favorite tiny travel tattoos to inspire your next adventure.
Planes, Trains, and Automobiles
Unsurprisingly, airplanes are perhaps the most common form of travel tattoo. However, before planes, trains and ships were the primary modes of long-distance transportation, and many still enjoy those methods of travel today. For avid road-trippers, cars and campers are great options for travel tattoos.
Globes and World Maps
Another common theme of travel tattoos, the world map is a telltale sign of global mindset. These tattoos are especially great for individuals who aspire to set foot on every continent, or have already managed to do so.
Travel Words of Inspiration
Some words have the power to speak volumes in terms of meaning. Common single word tattoos for travel lovers include “Wanderlust,” “Adventure,” and of course, “Travel.”