7 Must Have T-Shirts for the Savvy Traveler

No trip is truly complete unless you’ve got the souvenir tee to prove it. My own personal travel t-shirt collection spans back decades, with beloved (and faded) iterations brought back from Alaska, South Africa and Japan. It is with this devout sense of love for the field of souvenir t-shirts acquired on travels abroad that I’ve compiled this list of 7 must have t-shirt designs for the savvy traveler. Perhaps by the end of the list, one of these might be your own.

For each t-shirt I’ll first explain why it should be on your list of gift ideas for  travelers, but also why I personally feel that they’re worthy of consideration for those who live, eat and breathe travel.

1) The Custom Airport Code Tee

If an unlikely jumble of three seemingly random letters gets your travel adrenaline pumping, then you’ll love the Custom Airport Code Tee. The process is really simple: you provide the departure and arrival codes of your choice – such as those from your favorite trip of all time – and the finished product will be a custom shirt in a travel aesthetic where you can both show off and relive that memorable trip.

I like this design because of its simplicity and the personalization factor. In just 6 letters you can tell the story of your favorite trip, and literally carry that experience around with you. Order your own Custom Airport Code Tee here.

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Airport Code Tee

2) The Bucket List in Progress Tee

Imagine having a souvenir t-shirt from not just one, but 18 of your favorite destinations. In effect, that’s what’s on offer with the Bucket List in Progress Tee from Custom Travel Art. Again, you can customize your own shirt by choosing 18 bucket list destinations out of a list of 42 of the world’s most amazing places. Each destination has a gorgeous hand-drawn graphic surrounded by the destination name and coordinates. Once selected, you can then have them “check off” the destinations visited in the boxes provided. That way you can both showcase your extensive travels and inspire yourself to visit the ones left unchecked. 

And if bucket lists are your thing, the same graphic style is available as print or canvas, both in the form of a world map (28 destinations) or a chart (42 destinations). In either case there’s a provided space for you to mark off once you’ve been there, creating a global game that will likely keep you occupied for the rest of your natural life.

What I like about this design – again, besides the personalization factor – are the beautiful graphics and the implied statement that traveling is a never-ending activity; one in which there’s always more to see, even if you’ve been just about everywhere. To customize your own Bucket List in Progress Tee, click here.

Bucket List in Progress Tee
Bucket List in Progress Tee

3) The Rugged Country Code Collection Tee

Even among the ranks of dedicated travelers, it’s the adventure traveler who often owns the advantage when it comes to bragging rights. Nothing conjures more ‘street cred’ than those who’ve been way, way off the beaten path to destinations that still carry an aura of mystery. The Rugged Country Code collection pays homage to those adventure travelers, with a simple design consisting of a scratched up country code sticker such as can be found on the back of any 4 x 4 heading into the bush, along with the silhouette of the country itself.

I personally love this “rugged”, understated design because in just two letters it tells the world that you’re not just a tourist, but a traveler, adventurer and explorer. If that’s how you view yourself (& I know I do) then pick up one of these inexpensive tees, which despite the name, are ironically quite comfortable. See the entire list of available countries here.

Rugged Country Code Tee
Rugged Country Code Collection

4) The Passport Stamp Collection Tee

One of my favorite travel souvenirs is one that comes for free – a stamp in my passport! Something about that combination of bureaucracy with a touch of artistry provides a vintage travel aesthetic that’s hard to resist for any seasoned traveler. The Passport Stamp Collection Tee features 8 passport “stamps” from each continent and one region, indicating that the wearer is on a quest to stamp them all. 

I like this t-shirt design not only because I’m enamored with having my own passport stamped, but because there’s lots of people who can relate to that same aspiration, regardless of how widely they have or have not traveled. Choose a Passport Stamp Collection Tee in your size and color here.

Passport Stamp Collection Tee
Passport Stamp Collection

5) The Been There Done That Tee

Sometimes the best travel tees aren’t tied to a destination at all. As a case in point, the Been There Done That Tee isn’t destination specific, but the lettering, displayed in a vintage departure board design, harkens back to the early days of travel and the travel aesthetic says more than just the obvious statement.

What I like about this design – beside the very clear message that its wearer is a traveler with some experience – is that 1950’s airport departures hall motif that truly suggests that you’ve been there, and done that. Get your Been There Done That Tee here.

Been There Done That Tee

6) The Wandering Senior Tee

One of the few perks of growing older, is the right to start razzing other people about how old they’re getting. The Wandering Senior Tee is a gag gift that the traveling senior can wear with pride. The witty statement that the wearer is a senior that tends to “wander off” is complemented by a packed suitcase studded with stickers from around the globe.

I love it when art and humor combine, and while I don’t yet consider myself in the wandering senior category (though I’m well on my way) I have purchased this t-shirt as a gift for a senior who has the age, travel experience and sense of humor to appreciate it. Buy one for the traveling senior in your life here.

Wandering Senior Tee

7) The Senior Moments Tee

Continuing the theme of funny gifts for seniors, this t-shirt offers a tongue in cheek rendition of the term ‘senior moment’. With beautiful depictions of some of the world’s most famous destinations, this is a great way for a senior to display their travel experience with a touch of pride and humor.

Again, while not yet in that category myself, I would seriously respect any person of ‘a certain age’ who has both the experience and life and travel to pull a shirt like that off. See the Senior Moments Tee details here.

Senior Moments Tee
Senior Moments Tee

 As was mentioned before, there are souvenir t-shirts aplenty. Hopefully this rundown has given you some inspiring ideas on how to find the right t-shirt for you or the traveler in your life.

Keep Your Memories Alive Through the “Art” of Travel

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A personalized Departures Board brings your travel memories into your decor

During this difficult time, when traveling freely about the globe seems as far-fetched as traveling freely about the moon, it’s both frustrating and therapeutic to think back on trips gone by. Sure, it’s wonderful to reflect on the memories made, the experiences had, and if you’re like me, the meals eaten. Yet at the same time, it’s hard to avoid stoking the flames of wanderlust that are unfortunately just too far out of reach for the time being. But in my opinion, if I may take some creative license with a famous phrase, “it’s better to have traveled, than to have never traveled at all.”

Yes, even the best of trips must eventually come to an end, so a wise traveler recognizes that taking the trip is just one phase (arguably the most enjoyable one) of integrating the experience into the fabric of their life. The trickier one, is making those memories last.

In the past I’ve written about some effective ways of doing so, such as keeping a journal and making a photo book. Now, I’m pleased to announce my newest venture that provides fellow travel enthusiasts another way to preserve those travel memories – a customized piece of art.

In my ongoing love affair with all things travel, I have recently launched a new website – www.customtravelart.com – where I take elements of travel experiences and transform them into a variety of personalized products with an artistic flair. If you’ll forgive the shameless self-promotion, I’d like to share a few of the ways I can help you commemorate and preserve your precious travel memories.

Custom Departure Boards

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List your top 13 destinations and the year visited for a custom departure board wall canvas to adorn your home or office

What’s more iconic to travel than an old-fashioned departures board? With this product you can choose your thirteen favorite destinations – along with the year traveled –  and have them preserved on a personalized departures board canvas. It’s sure to draw the admiration (or envy) of visitors to your home or office. See more here.

Custom T-Shirts for the Savvy Traveler

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Celebrate your favorite trip of all time with a custom airport code tee.

We all have that one trip that sticks with us – the one that given the chance to go back in time, we’d do it all over again. With that feeling in mind, I’ve devised the custom airport code tee (including city names for the airportilogically uninformed  – and no, airportilogically is not a real word). All you have to do is choose your starting and ending destination airports and voila! You’ve got a commemorative t-shirt to celebrate that favorite trip. See more here.

Original T-Shirt Designs

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Show off your “stamp collection” with an original design tee

In another life, I worked in the art department of a silkscreen company, which on occasion forced me to bring great ugliness into the world, courtesy of a few design-challenged clients. Therefore it is with great pleasure that I’m able to partially repay my debt to society with some of my own original designs, conceived for the avid traveler. See more here.

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Cop a traveler’s attitude with a Departures Board Been There Done That tee.

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Witty Tees for Seniors

Let’s face it – many who have the time and means to travel are those with a certain level of life experience. I’m not saying that they’re old, just well-traveled. So with those “of a certain age” in mind, I’ve designed a few witty tees for the senior traveler who is ready and willing to own both their age and their mileage.

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Show off your “senior moments” with this collage of iconic, original design scenes of noteworthy sites around the world.

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Be proud to wander off with this witty tee featuring original “stamps” from around the world

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The All-Important Travel Poster

My first inspiration for Custom Travel Art was from looking at vintage travel posters from the early days of air travel and thinking “wouldn’t it be cool to have a custom version of those for my trips?” After that spark of initiative, my creative juices got a-flowing, and I designed a “travel sticker” poster, paying artistic tribute to all of the 75 countries/territories I’ve visited to date. Though definitely more time-consuming, I’m offering that same opportunity to others, either via a custom travel sticker poster or custom world map poster, which artistically portrays all of the countries you’ve visited.

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Showcase your travels with a custom “travel stickers” collage poster

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Create a personalized world map that showcases your own travels

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Summing it up

The act of traveling is just one phase of the joy of travel. Keeping the memories alive allows you to preserve the wonder, the contentment and fascination indefinitely. It’s with this noble goal in mind that I share the news of my newest undertaking, and hopefully, can help you envision ways a custom piece of artwork can make your trip of a lifetime, last for a lifetime.


Do you have any ideas or thoughts of what would make a great piece of travel art? Share them here by commenting below.