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Travel Tattoos

Tattoos – they are so fascinating since… ever. You can find cave painting where you can see tattoos on people. Even the Iceman from the area of the Italian-Austrian border who was found in 1991 was tattooed and he is almost 5200 years old. It’s not anymore that only prisoners are tattooed. I don’t know if you remember that they used to tattoo tears under their eyes.

Stars are tattooed. Over and over their body like Angelina Joly or David Beckham.

But also traveler or people who like to be inspired by their tattoos to travel have them. But why? Why do you get your tattoo while you are traveling?


Inspiration Travel

Whan you travel you see so many great things (sometimes more, sometimes less). But in any case your head is full of impressions. Sometimes wonderful things happen to you while you are traveling. You do want to keep that memory or you want to have a reminder of what you experienced. But some just want to have a great inspiration on their bodies – forever.

My Tattoo

Ok, now the one or the other may be shocked. Yes – I have a tattoo. It is really, really old. I traveled many years ago (I was student) for one year through the US. Something I will never (ever) forget in my life. It was an awesome and indescribable experience. To be sincere – I never wanted a tattoo. Really. But what can I say. I was in a Hostel with some girls and they persuaded me. So I went to this tiny Tattoo Studio in this beautiful city San Diego. It seemed to be destiny. I walked into this place and I really didn’t have a clue what tattoo I wanted and where. The other girls were much better prepared. They had their own designs. I looked through some of the paintings and I found it. There it was – made for me (seemed to). It is nothing special or maybe nothing extraordinary but it was (and still is) absolutely me. Nothing could explain my state of mind better than this – a heart with flames. Yes my heart was in flames. When you travel you meet people and places that you have to leave. You always be kind of sad. And my heart always felt a little strange, like it would burn or something.

And it still is like that.  I’m very emotional and when I do things I always do it with my whole heart. So no – I never regret doing this. It reminds me that great time I had there but it also reminds me that my heart even today is on flame (sometimes). 😉



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Travel Tattoos

I asked some girls to show us their tattoos and to tell us their stories…


Daniela Huber from Vienista

My tattoos were ment to showcase something the most precious thing in my life: my family. My family is my rock, my guard and my peace place. We all love to travel separate or together. When I was 19 I decided I was finally ready to get my first tattoo. And since then they keep coming.
The one in the neck stands for enjoying the life and not thinking too much about what will happen in 50 years and the other one means I´m home where I decide home is.
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Ashima Sharma from “the logical traveler” 

The Anchor tattoo signifies my love for two places – Thailand and Hyderabad, India. Done by a Tattoo artist in Hyderabad, India.

Alice Teacake from Teacaketravels

On my last trip to Thailand I was offered the chance to receive a very special piece of protection which would stay with me forever. A tattoo which can give you power, enhance your attributes and bring fortune, pure goodness and fairness your way? I couldn’t decline! I visited Ajarn Roong, a kind-hearted and revered monk who took his time to speak with me and learn what I was seeking. I left with a Sak Yant Tattoo to attract and radiate love, kindness, fairness and beauty. It’s my favourite memory of Thailand so far and a gift I’ll carry with me onwards on my solo journey.

Kristine from ART LAB KMA

This means “Kapalaran” which means “Fate” or “Destiny” in Tagalog, and the script is an ancient Filipino script called “Alibata”.  I chose it for my left side because I was born with a condition called Sprengel’s, and it affected my left shoulder/arm.

Jaimee Nicole from Travel Pray Love

My first travel tattoo is a little heart and an airplane. I designed it myself and my sister actually tattoo’d me with a Stick and Poke Tattoo kit. It turned out really well and ended up being my blog icon/logo.

My other travel tattoo is a dandelion with the word “Family” along my shoulder by the stem of the flower, and the word “Adventure” surrounded by some of those whispy little fluffs that you blow off of the flower on my chest. I like it because that’s how I want to be; my family (my boyfriend, our home and our pets) are my stem or roots but I can sometimes go off on a crazy adventure and be free. Best of both worlds!
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Amanda from Travellust 

I got the Wanderlust while revisiting my home town. I had been through a lot and visiting my hometown made me think about where all I’d been and how far I’ve come. Also I’ve always wanted a pirate ship tattoo 🙂

Nicolett from the kaleidoscopecat

A beautifully designed Nothern landscape with pine trees and the moon. The story behind it is very simple: I’m of Siberian origins and my dream destination has always been Iceland, ever since I was a child. I moved to Finland at the age of 20 and have fallen in love with its surroundings immediately. I want to remember these beautiful memories by looking at my tattoo every day.

Hannah from Drifter Hannah

I got it 6 years ago after travelling around South America for 6 months. It was my first big, solo trip and I wanted to get something to remind me not of the places, but of the person I was at the end of it all, because I liked that person. It’s a reminder to always see new places and explore new ideas. I also made a promise to myself that if, at some point down the line, I grew to dislike it or felt embarrassed by it, then I would know that I’d turned into the kind of person I never wanted to be.


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Girlswanderlust February 12, 2016 at 12:23 pm

Nice post! Still looking for what kind of travel tattoo I would like to have. Thinking about a little palm tree or the word wanderlust.

    nonsoloamore February 13, 2016 at 3:14 pm

    I think if you find the right one you will feel it!

Tom Voordouw February 12, 2016 at 8:16 pm

Nice article and good examples and nice pictures!

Alex Schnee February 12, 2016 at 8:18 pm

Love these! I’m too much of a commitment-phobe to get one, but it’s fun to see what is out there.

    nonsoloamore February 13, 2016 at 3:14 pm

    Hahaha I know what you mean 😉

Anamika Ojha February 12, 2016 at 11:55 pm

All these are an inspirational tattoos and their tales. I have got one below my neck. It’s the name of my mom and dad written in Chinese.

    nonsoloamore February 13, 2016 at 3:13 pm

    That is very nice! And you will not regret it – like the name of your actual lover or something like that 😉

Anuradha February 13, 2016 at 6:59 am

I loved Daniela’s tatoo of world map. Am not going get myself tattooed, but if I ever do, it would be something like Daniela’s. Thanks for sharing these.

    nonsoloamore February 13, 2016 at 3:15 pm

    Yes I liked that one too very much! I think tattoos are so personal. You always have to look what fits best to you

Sheli February 13, 2016 at 7:26 am

Hi Claudia!

Awesome post!Love all these stories behind the tattoos.
Tattoo designs with a plane surrounded by a heart shaped route or something and yours’a heart with flames’ are my favorite!:)

    nonsoloamore February 13, 2016 at 3:12 pm

    Thank you so much Sheli. I enjoyed reading the stories of the other tattoos as well. 😉

Hide In My Suitcase February 13, 2016 at 9:25 pm

I’m still a bit sceptical about having a tattoo done, but if I did I would get one like Daniela’s; the world map outlined.

NextStopAbroad.com February 14, 2016 at 9:43 pm

I personally do not like tattoos and the idea of getting myself one scares me a lot. 😀 I am pretty sure I am never going to have one, but I have to admit I loved the heart-plane pictured above!

Vee N Ric February 15, 2016 at 3:42 pm

Agree with you, Tattoos are very fascinating.
We see a lot of them on Goa beaches
And there are many tattoo makers here.
Very interesting info you have got
On the subject
How did you manage to get this info?
Thanks for sharing.

Roberta February 19, 2016 at 5:13 pm

I love this post. I will get my first tattoo soon and I can’t wait. Some of these tattoos are really amazing because of the story they hold 🙂 Thank you for sharing this! I enjoyed it so much, have a great day! xx


Valter February 23, 2016 at 8:51 am

Great article and some great art on display! For serial bloggers a tattoo is like the passport stamp but on your own skin and is a direct reminder of a particular moment or city…this coming from someone that has never had a tattoo in his life but appreciates those that love the art of it. Cool post!

thatguywithstories February 24, 2016 at 8:57 am

An absolutely new way of looking at tattoos.I never knew that there could be so much story telling around them.Wow

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