Are you a man consumed by wanderlust? You know, the strong irresistible desire to travel and explore every inch of the globe.
If adventure is in your heart, you’ll want to tour these travel inspired ink ideas.
Just consider the words of the great French novelist Marcel Proust first, “The real voyage of discovery consist not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.”
As you take in these masculine designs you’ll find not only exceptional talent, but also plenty of curiosity-provoking meanings. From airplanes to passport stamps, postcards and more, each tattoo displays a different journey filled with its own unique experiences.
Of course, you can also be an airplane pilot and simply love your job too. Whatever the case, I’m sure you’ll appreciate some of these cool manly traveling themed tattoo styles below.
Travel Tattoo Ideas
This lower arm tattoo prominently features an open compass resting on top of a world map. Compasses have long been used for finding one’s direction and, with the aid of a map, for plotting out a course of travel, particularly in the days before inventions such as the global positioning system. That being said, the compass and map combo is certainly a strong and classic way to demonstrate one’s love of travel in ink.
This is a rather interesting and complex piece. It incorporates multiple different elements including a skull, a compass, a globe, some red coloring applied in a rather abstract manner and, perhaps most importantly, the words, “We’re only at home when we’re ON THE RUN”. It stands to reason that this tattoo most likely represents several things that are not necessarily apparent just from a single look. It does seem evident, however, that the owner of this multifaceted artwork has a strong love for travel. This is not only demonstrated by the words featured in the piece but also by the included images. Take the compass, for instance, which often resembles finding one’s way, whether that be literally or metaphorically. The same goes for the globe which, along with these other elements, presents strong evidence of international travel.
This piece is a strong work of black and gray shading that features two suitcases, often considered as representing the act of going on a trip, one stacked on the other, with a mounted globe standing on top of it. Wrapped around the globe tastefully is a banner reading “ADVENTURE IS OUT THERE” in a subtle but vintage-feeling font. Accenting the piece are two flowers. All of this together conveys a more old-school, simplistic look that certainly brings upcoming travel to mind.
Here is an example of a much more elaborate tattoo, one that contains multiple symbols of travel and adventure. At the heart of this large back piece is the continent of Africa. Perhaps the subject is from this continent or travels there frequently, or perhaps it simply is of great meaning to him. Surrounding it is a wide array of items including everything from several portrait photos to an array of what seem to be various maps. These could be pieces of photographic memorabilia taken along a journey, such as the taking of the portraits of people whom the traveler particularly wanted to remember. It is also difficult to ignore the two large angels at the top of either side of the piece seemingly holding it all up.
Featuring a relatively-simple globe with an airplane flying around it, this piece strongly suggests world travel. It is simplistic and straight to the point. While it may not have the flare of some of the larger, more complex tattoos, it certainly has a meaningfully minimalist attraction of its own.
This tattoo spans across both legs of the client in a rather unique way. It features simple outlines of the continents on one leg and a large dark-shaded airplane on the other. Together they suggest world travel in a rather minimalistic but creative fashion.
This is a beautifully-colored, sleeve piece containing a multitude of different objects and other elements. Perhaps two of the most notable aspects of this piece are the large jetliner toward the top of the piece and the large, red and gold object seemingly attached to it that looks to be a key. Perhaps one message being conveyed here is that “travel is the key” or that journeys contain the key to something. The piece could even have a multitude of meanings. Regardless, it is quite a good looking tattoo.
Here can be seen another version of the airplane and globe combination. This time, however, it is accompanied by flowers, a prominent display of the word “Wanderlust”, and a rope and anchor element. This tattoo very much resembles a traveler’s lifestyle. It also displays fantastic, lush coloring, particularly the blue shading that outlines much of the piece.
This tattoo is a particularly enjoyable one to admire as it showcases several symbols of travel and adventure while also utilizing a variety of aesthetically-interesting components. Some of the travel and adventure symbols include a figure walking down a path as well as “watch out for kangaroos”-type sign. These things give the work a travel-centered, possibly even wandering, sense of feeling. Some of the aesthetically-attractive components include the red and green coloring of the flowers, nicely touched by a small bit of yellow, and the background featuring an interesting landscape with a setting sun.
This tattoo is a fairly-simple image of a travel suitcase. Since suitcases are often associated with travel, it is fair to assume that this is a travel and adventure tattoo. This is further accentuated by the scene of a pleasant beach during sunset (a common travel destination) that covers the front of the suitcase.
With the compass being a prominent symbol of journeys, adventures and travels in general, this particular piece would be fitting for any avid traveler. With spot-on line work throughout, particularly on the finer points of the compass face, this is piece is dynamic and strong.
Now this is a phenomenal piece of artwork. There is a strong sense of adventure in this piece as it features not only a compass, but also a quill and ink and a map underneath it all. Perhaps most-notably, however, this piece includes an incredible, highly-detailed locomotive that practically appears to be emerging from the subject’s upper arm. It is a wonderful work of art and all of its elements together form a fantastic representation of a great life of travels.
The idea behind this piece is simple and the ink that brings it to life is not extremely complex either. Nevertheless, this palm tree and sunset in the background behind it, can be bold representations of a traveler’s lifestyle or dreams as many people love to take to the coast every chance they get. Not to mention the fact that, while it may not be the most intricate scene in the background, the orange and blue shading is certainly pleasant to look at.
This tattoo sleeve of travels might be ideal for couples, as it appears to have been placed here. It showcases multiple postcard-type images that one might come across in his travels, such as a beach scene and a picture of a volcano. Flowers are also utilized, perhaps to add more attractive content in these abundantly-colorful sleeves.
Simple and straight to the point, this small, black airplane is positioned casually but effectively on the arm. It could easily serve as a minimalistic yet constant reminder to oneself of one’s love for the expedition; for the exciting life of a traveler.
This piece has a cartoonish style and displays a spot by a river and not too far from the mountains where someone has set up camp. There is a campfire, hatchet and a backpack that is surely filled with even more traveler’s tools. Camping is a common activity amongst travelers. Whether one is a backpacker, canoer, or really any other type of traveler, many adventurers can relate to a life of setting up camp every night.
This tattoo covers a good deal of the subject’s mid-arm with a black and gray depiction of the seven continents and a large compass face. What differentiates this tattoo is the loose nature of the continent clusters as they are not in a traditional layout or position as a standard globe would display them. It is also true that there is not a field, globe or map drawing of any kind behind these continents.
This sleeve consists of several different travel-related segments including a compilation of images resembling photographs, postcards and other miscellaneous papers from a multitude of famous travel destinations. A few of such places include the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France and the Great Pyramids of Egypt. Another large segment of this sleeve consists of multiple sets of coordinates as one might use to to symbolize the different places they have traveled to.
Here is a tattoo suited perfectly for someone who is a frequent traveler by road. Done in a bold, rustic style this piece consists of large symbol of adventure and finding one’s way, that of course being the compass placed on the upper section of the arm. Below it stands a scene of a simple road leading through what appears to be a flat, midwestern region on its way to a collection of blue and white-shaded mountains. This piece would be ideal for any road warrior, whether he be a serious, lifestyle cross-country traveler or simply a casual roadtripper who sticks to one or two specific and preferred destinations.
Here is another tattoo of an airplane flying over a world map, only this time the jetliner is not what you might be accustomed to with after seeing the previous travel tattoos. For instead of featuring the usual, realistic plane, this piece shows a paper airplane, much like one someone might make in their youth. This choice of aircraft might be a nod to one’s dreams of travel and adventure that they have held dear going back all the way to their childhood.
This tattoo is simple in the sense that it contains only one image. That image is of a stamp, one picturing what appears to be a row of apartment buildings. This is a relatively minimalistic piece by nature of its size, shape and simple image. Nevertheless, it is still rather interesting and is most definitely a reminder of travel as stamps are great ways to symbolize communication from a distance or a souvenir from a long trip.
While this is another image of a map and compass, it is particularly eye-catching for two reasons. The first reason is that this tattoo was done in a style that makes it appear as if the subject’s skin is being peeled back to reveal the impressive ink underneath. The second is that it also contains more linework than one might find on some other map tattoos and these lines are done quite skillfully.