27 Beautiful Tattoos That Tell Their Own Travel Stories

Do you see yourself as a hardcore traveler at heart? Or do you just have a massive soft-spot for globetrotting? Do you sometimes get home from a particularly memorable trip and feel as though you just need to commemorate it somehow? Some way other than just sticking some photos in an album or tweeting about how awesome your trip was?

Either way – have you ever considered getting a travel-inspired tattoo?


#костямаэстро #mstrtattoo #mstrdesign #mstr #traveltattoo #airplanetattoo #sunsettattoo

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This would of course be the ultimate mark of eternity used to show off your love for traveling to the rest of the world. Alternatively, you might not want to show anybody at all – and nor should you have to.

That’s the beauty of tattoos.

You can either have them printed in highly visible places for people to see and ask questions about, or you can get inked on an obscure and intimate part of your body so you and only you can look – and reflect back to the amazing times you had traveling around some of your favorite places when you’re old and grey.

And no – tattoos don’t look as awful when you’re older as everybody says they do. Tattooing inks have vastly evolved and improved. As long as you take care of your new tattoo as best as possible when your artist has finished, it will grow and shrink with your body, and shouldn’t vastly change over your lifetime.


When it comes to travel tattoo designs, the possibilities really are endless. You can make your ink as generic or as individual and creative as your mind allows – and when it comes to trying to think of a good idea for your travel tattoo, try to think outside the box.

What’s generally always the favorite part of your trips? Is it the food? Is it the transport? Is it the architecture? All of these favorite things of yours can be used as the building blocks towards designing a completely unique tattoo that tells your own personal story and nobody else’s.


#carrygraphik #reunionisland #tattoo974 #mandalatattoo #dotwork #worldmaptattoo #mathieukes #blacktattoo

A photo posted by tattooer from reunion island (@mathieu_kes) on

And no, your tattoo doesn’t have to be a huge bold, bright and colorful design for it to look really good.

Sometimes, some of the very best and most effective-looking tattoos are small and simple – the choice is completely yours.

We found this #Adventure tattoo on Pinterest and fell in love! #Win

A photo posted by GIO Adventures (@gio_adventures) on



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Take a look at some of the best and most creative, thoughtful, beautiful and downright awesome travel tattoos that I’ve come across – and hopefully they might inspire you to get one of your own some day.





A photo posted by Silvinka Kůželová (@lady_boobik) on


Natureza. Hoje em #santacruzdosul.

A photo posted by Marquinho André (@marquinhoandretattoo) on

*HEALED* Prague castle illustration on Milla! Thank you for the pic 🙂 would love to do more like this🏰

A photo posted by ⚪️Hannah Von Farren⚪️ (@hvftattoo) on


Classic Africa, made in Africa. Hand poked in Livingstone, Zambia.

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So there they are! My pick of the best travel tattoos proudly inked on likewise adventurers. As you can see, whilst many of the tattoos follow similar themes by garnering inspiration from common traveling trends, there are also plenty of pieces of ink that are highly imaginative and likely to be very personal to the people that got them.

Black or colored, big or small, round or square, visible or hidden – these are all variables that can be chopped and changed to ensure that your potential travel tattoo is completely unique and perfect for you.

Guest Author…

Dan, a Master of Fine Arts and a participating member of the tattooing community for over 10 years is the resident writer at AuthorityTattoo.

While no longer as active in the tattooing community, Dan still attends many tattoo conventions around the country and is here to help educate, teach and advise readers on all things tattoo related.

2017-09-09T14:22:54+00:00 November 22nd, 2016|Categories: BEAUTY & STYLE, LIFESTYLE|Tags: |


  1. Salvatore November 23, 2016 at 10:10 pm - Reply

    Great tips, I’m going to check them!

  2. Jennifer November 28, 2016 at 9:34 pm - Reply

    Wow! All of these tattoos are so cool. 🙂

  3. So awesome tattoos and stunning photos you shared.

  4. Peggy November 30, 2016 at 1:44 am - Reply

    Wow some of these are really intricate! I’d love an outline of the world map that I could colour in as I visited a new country… though visiting Russia or China will be painful! >.<

    • Annette White December 1, 2016 at 4:03 pm - Reply

      Russia and China would definitely take a little bit longer than Fiji or Belize!!

  5. donnae April 3, 2017 at 8:49 pm - Reply

    I loved some of those tats, for some reason the little boat was my fav 🙂 My travel tattoo is an elephant head that I got at the Elephant Nature Park in Thailand. I got it done at the park by a woman who volunteers full time there. Amazing tattoo, amazing experience. You can read about it if you’d like: https://travellingcrone.com/2013/01/25/travelling-crone-takes-home-a-permanent-souvenir/

    • Annette White April 4, 2017 at 9:48 am - Reply

      Wow! What a way to remember an incredible experience. I have been to the Elephant Nature Park and it was AMAZING!

  6. Fritz April 14, 2017 at 10:36 am - Reply

    There’s always a story behind all tats. That hiking tattoo has to be the coolest for me because I love the outdoors.I love being on mountain tops. I love the intimacy of the outdoors.

  7. Sean May 15, 2017 at 10:24 pm - Reply

    These are fantastic tattoos! I love it when tattoos share a story of someones vacation. It is my dream to travel to a Buddhist temple to be tattooed by a monk. I believe that that is the ultimate travel tattoo! 🙂

  8. Samantha June 4, 2017 at 10:54 pm - Reply

    Cool designs. I never thought that travel tattoos can be this awesome. Thanks for sharing.

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