Vintage Travels

Vintage Travel Posters- Let’s Inspire Wanderlust!

Time to brighten up those #MundaneMondays with a quick indulgence into some wanderlust: vintage travel posters that just might inspire you to get packing and live abroad. Here’s a roundabout of the most tantalising images I could find, to invoke a little spark into your day.

I might be alone in this, but for me, advertising that pre-dates Photoshop is the most powerful. It’s appealing, artistic and- though I make no claims for its realism- inspires wanderlust down to the tips of your toes. I lap up ‘Mad Men’  dreaming about vintage travels for the modern girl. Know what I mean?

Doesn’t this make you want to pack your bags, don a hat and gloves and steam off to the other side of the world? Have you been lucky enough to experience any of these destinations already? France (Paris) was one of my 10 countries to live in and I’ll put my hand up that there were many ladies in couture, and the fashion influence is still going strong in that city.

Vintage travel posters inspiring tourism to New England USA

New England


Vintage travel posters inspiring tourism to Fontainebleau France

Fontainebleau, France


Vintage travel posters inspiring tourism to Algeria Africa



Vintage travel posters inspiring vacations to Europe



Vintage travel posters inspiring tourism to Java Singapore

Java, Singapore


Vintage travel posters inspiring tourism to Paris France

Paris, France


Vintage travel posters inspiring tourism to the Gota Canal Sweden

Gota Canal, Sweden


Vintage travel posters inspiring tourism to Peru and the Incas South America

Peru, the Incas


Vintage travel posters inspiring tourism to Kashmir India

Kashmir, India

Which poster destination would you choose?

All images courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Featured image via @Flickr Jason McHenry CC BY-SA -post title added.


  1. Noemi of Pinay Flying High

    December 14, 2016 at 7:53 am

    I do love the ads from back in the days too! It’s fun and quirky most of the time (while some are just downright offensive lol). Would be great to have one in my room. 🙂

  2. Natasha

    December 14, 2016 at 7:57 am

    How cool is this!! I love travel-themed decor and art and I think these vintage travel posters would be great for a travel-themed office or bedroom. I have to hide my credit card now so I don’t go shopping. 😛

  3. Candy

    December 14, 2016 at 5:47 pm

    Wow! What a fun read and look back into time. I love the old school posters. I kinda want to frame some of these in my apartment. Like the one that says, “Java! Only 36 hours from Singapore.” I mean ONLY 36 hours! 🙂

  4. Sarah Kim, Tales From a Fork

    December 14, 2016 at 9:42 pm

    I love these vintage posters. I can’t decide which one I like the best. Perhaps the Java one?

  5. Claire Summers

    December 15, 2016 at 1:37 am

    These are so cool! My Mum lives in the USA with her partner and they have like 4 of these spotted around the house. Love things like this.

  6. Stephanie

    December 15, 2016 at 5:58 am

    These are such a great gift idea. I would want the one of Peru to remind me of my time spent at Machu Picchu. It wa sone of the best trips of my life. I hope to go again someday, and having a poster in my office would really help me focus on reaching those goals.

  7. Nicola Maria

    December 15, 2016 at 6:53 am

    I am allllll over the PERU poster!!! I love vintage travel posters – you have just made me want to buy these for xmas presents 😀 I also need one myself hehe. Great post – thanks for sharing

  8. Thelittlelai: Beyond

    December 15, 2016 at 11:24 am

    Wow, this is just amazing! I would really love to collect all that vintage travel posters and hang them all in my small room. This is something could drive me to dream more and motivate me to save money and travel the world.

  9. Hallie

    December 15, 2016 at 1:59 pm

    I love a good old world charm photo as well. I especially love looking back at snapshots my mother or grandmother took when they were younger or even when we were younger and before you could edit photos or take a billion and keep just one. You know film cameras.. one shot and you’re done? Left us with some great family memories and some hilarious photos too. ^^

    1. Danni Lawson

      December 15, 2016 at 6:48 pm

      Very true, there’s something incredibly special about film cameras and their memories 🙂

  10. Mimi

    December 15, 2016 at 3:37 pm

    I love these posters so much. Wish I’d have a big big house where I can frame one of each country in different frames and make a mural out of it…. I can see it being so nice!!

  11. Nana

    December 18, 2016 at 10:29 pm

    Love retro! Had a lot in my home back in Denmark but would love to have some posters to inspire Daily 🙂

  12. Li Lian

    December 21, 2016 at 9:45 pm

    Hehehehe! I used to think Andy Warhol themed bedroom would be a great idea. Well, retro could work some magic in that department too! 😀 Thanks for the awesome share! XX

  13. LC

    December 30, 2016 at 11:31 am

    These are great. I think I like the Kashmir one best, but’s a hard pick!

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