Many of us dream of traveling the world, but few of us have the luxury to do so. Whether you’ve sailed the ocean blue or have only explored your home state, a passion for travel can be hard to shake. Since you can’t spend the rest of your life scouring every inch of the Earth, a la Dora the Explorer, you can at least pay homage to places near and far with your apartment decor by incorporating a cool travel theme.
Suitcases can take up an awful lot of space, but they can also make for great decoration. Whether it’s one or a few, you can either use them for storage or pure decorative purposes.
With Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at everyone’s fingertips, it’s not very common to send and receive traditional postcards anymore. Each time you go someplace new, pick up a few postcards. It doesn’t have to be somewhere far away or exotic – it could just be a few cool postcards from your hometown. Postcards cost less than a dollar each, so this is a super easy way to decorate an entire wall in your apartment for just a few bucks. Talk about budget-friendly!
Have you visited different time zones? Or would you at least like to? Find different vintage clocks and set each one for different times based on your favorite cities. Newsrooms and TV stations practice this all the time so they know what time it is all across the world. Be sure to collect a varied assortment of clocks so they don’t all look the same.
4. Photos of your own
Sometimes the best way to display your love for travel is to simply display the pictures taken from your own experiences. They don’t have to be perfect, they don’t even have to have you in them, but each time you hang one, you will be displaying yet another fond memory.
5. Empty Frames
OK, stay with us on this one. The point of hanging empty frames is that each time you travel somewhere new, you can take a new photo to fill one of the empty frames. Gradually, those frames will fill up and you will have memories in their place. Make sure that the frames are ornate or stylish enough that they look good on their own though—you can never be sure how long it will take to fill them!
6. A Travel Checklist
This is a classic idea, and there’s good reason for that. Find a nice map and stick a pin in it each time you travel somewhere new. Make sure it is either backed on a bulletin board or use stickers—you won’t want to put any holes in your apartment wall!