52 Vintage Travel Ads to Inspire Your Bucket List ...

By Neecey

52 Vintage Travel Ads to Inspire Your Bucket List ...

As much as I love looking at high res travel photos, I find vintage travel ads just as inspiring. Eye-catching posters were used long before travel brochures and photo websites to entice tourists to fabulous destinations all over the world. Produced by some of the best graphic artists and designers of the day, these vintage travel ads are works of art in their own right.

Table of contents:

  1. india
  2. cuba
  3. pan american airlines
  4. new jersey shore
  5. london calling
  6. wisconsin
  7. australia
  8. hawaii
  9. california
  10. houston
  11. venice,italy
  12. denmark
  13. canine travel
  14. palm springs, usa
  15. haiti
  16. united airlines
  17. australia
  18. san francisco, usa
  19. bermuda
  20. veracruz, mexico
  21. bryce canyon national park, utah, usa
  22. michigan, usa
  23. united airlines
  24. disneyland
  25. brittany, france
  26. switzerland
  27. peru
  28. union pacific railways
  29. leningrad,russia
  30. hawaii
  31. ireland
  32. montana, usa
  33. brittany, france
  34. the philippines
  35. montana, usa
  36. norway
  37. chamonix-mont. blanc, france
  38. chicago, usa
  39. hyderabad, india
  40. new york, usa
  41. tokyo, japan
  42. naples, italy
  43. usa
  44. spain
  45. rome, italy
  46. europe
  47. colorado,usa
  48. the blue mountains, australia
  49. minnesota lakes,usa
  50. scotland -
  51. hangon merikylpyla,finland
  52. the titanic

1 India

India Via Haus Design: Vintage Travel Posters
The elephant is so cute. Who wouldn't want to visit? More great vintage travel ads to come.

2 Cuba

Cuba Via Havana- Welcome To Cuba Masterprint ...
Doesn't she just make you want to get sashaying to sexy Cuban rhythms.

3 Pan American Airlines

Pan American Airlines Via Oh...the places you'll go...

All wave to the people up top.

4 New Jersey Shore

New Jersey Shore Via The Patriots of Mars: Image ...

This reminds me of my childhood holidays in Cornwall.

5 London Calling

London Calling Via nineteenseventythreeltd: Interview: Pintachan.

A classic image for a classic city.

6 Wisconsin

Wisconsin Via Shine United

Loving how the train engine is cheese colored.

7 Australia

Australia Via Australia: Parrots, c.1930's Posters by ...

This one doesn't seem that "Australian" to me!

8 Hawaii

Hawaii Via Posters at AllPosters.com

A classic depiction of Diamond Head

9 California

California Via SCN_0045
I'm ready to strap on you water skis - are you?

10 Houston

Houston Via andersondesigngroupstore.com

Don't you find it interesting that the 1950's stylisation of a jet airplane looks uncannily like a space shuttle?

11 Venice,Italy

Venice,Italy Via Italy Venice Rialto Bridge Vintage ...

Not much has changed in Venice in many decades.

12 Denmark

Denmark Via art.findartinfo.com

Probably one of the most unrealistic vintage travel ads out there. Denmark is a fabulous country but that picture is not representative.

13 Canine Travel

Canine Travel Via Buttercup Bungalow

I wonder if when they designed this they would have ever imagined dog passports and dogs traveling by airplane.

14 Palm Springs, USA

Palm Springs, USA Via Wedding Inspiration

Check out how much jewelry this gorgeous beach babe is

15 Haiti

Haiti Via The Poster Lady - Travel ...

From the days when American tourists had a love affair with Haiti. Haiti was once the most popular destination in the Caribbean.

16 United Airlines

United Airlines Via Pitch Me Another!: Vintage Airline ...

Can you imagine that leg room and space on an airplane today/

17 Australia

Australia Via Immigration Museum

Even in black and white Australia is enticing.

18 San Francisco, USA

San Francisco, USA Via United Airlines San Francisco c.1950 ...
This one captures everything tourists know and love about San Fran.

19 Bermuda

Bermuda Via Swann Galleries — Bermuda Date ...

Who could resist that ocean?

20 Veracruz, Mexico

Veracruz, Mexico Via Enormous Flowers

What a riot of color.

21 Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah, USA

Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah, USA Via bendbungalow.com

The elk is a magnificent specimen isn't he?

22 Michigan, USA

Michigan, USA Via Vintage Michigan Travel Ad - ...

What family could resist the promise of so much fun?

23 United Airlines

United Airlines Via Pitch Me Another!: Vintage Airline ...

Remember those days you didn't have to pay extra for airline food?

24 Disneyland

Disneyland Via Amusements at the Carnival

Can you imagine a poster for Disney these days being so muted and understated?

25 Brittany, France

Brittany, France Via 090 LA BAULE.jpg by Lucien ...

So stylish, so simple, so French!

26 Switzerland

Switzerland Via Carteles y afiches de viajes ...

The Land of the Alps. Says it all doesn't it.

27 Peru

Peru Via Pan Am Peru of the ...

How they used to advertise Machu Picchu

28 Union Pacific Railways

Union Pacific Railways Via Marketing and Advertising

Fashionable ladies take the train!

29 Leningrad,Russia

Leningrad,Russia Via "Leningrad," circa 1931

Am loving the use of Soviet gray to promote one of the great Russian cities.

30 Hawaii

Hawaii Via Found in Mom's Basement: Vintage ...

This charming picture would certainly induce me to book a trip to Hawaii.

31 Ireland

Ireland Via Found in Mom's Basement: Vintage ...

Fancy a trip to the Emerald Isle?

32 Montana, USA

Montana, USA Via Welcome to Montana Travel Poster

What a great depiction of Montana.

33 Brittany, France

Brittany, France Via decologue

The essence of Brittany.

34 The Philippines

The Philippines Via DP Vintage Posters - Northwest ...

These days we're more likely to be seduced by the white sand beaches of Boracay.

35 Montana, USA

Montana, USA Via Vintage Travel and Tourism Ads ...

How cool is it that they featured women fishing in the Gallatin River rather than men?

36 Norway

Norway Via Norway Poster, Vintage Norwegian Travel ...

So simple, so effective, so bang on point.

37 Chamonix-Mont. Blanc, France

Chamonix-Mont. Blanc, France Via Chamonix-Mont. Blanc

All year round advertising on one travel poster.

38 Chicago, USA

Chicago, USA Via Buckingham Fountain

A fountain as the focal point promises dramatic sighs on the streets of the Windy City.

39 Hyderabad, India

Hyderabad, India Via Hey Oscar Wilde!

Is it my imagination or is that Doctor Who's TARDIS in the bottom left?

40 New York, USA

New York, USA Via New York by Pennsylvania Railroad ...

A timeless message that never changes.

41 Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo, Japan Via Lufthansa - Tokio

Minimalist yet effective - the essence of Japan.

42 Naples, Italy

Naples, Italy Via Carteles y afiches de viajes ...
The sweeping bay of Naples takes center stage.

43 USA

USA Via Greyhound Presents The USA

Travel by bus to see the best the US has to offer.

44 Spain

Spain Via The Vintage Poster - Otto ...

Sultry Spanish ladies still beckon you to sample the charms of the Iberian Peninsula.

45 Rome, Italy

Rome, Italy Via Rome Italy Tourism Travel Vintage ...

I think this couild be any ancient city in Mediterranean Europe.

46 Europe

Europe Via Pan American: Fly to Europe ...

A stylized skyline that is instantly recognizable as Europe.

47 Colorado,USA

Colorado,USA Via Braniff Airways Poster Art

It's good to be reminded of all these once famous airlines that no longer exist.

48 The Blue Mountains, Australia

The Blue Mountains, Australia Via Blue Mountains NSW Australia

The message couldn't be more clear.

49 Minnesota Lakes,USA

Minnesota Lakes,USA Via Minnesota Lakes Fashion Lady Boat ...

Whatever the product beautiful women have always been at the heart of advertising.

50 Scotland -

Scotland - Via King's Cross for Scotland, LNER, ...

This is one of the vintage travel ads that truly displays the classic art deco design.

51 Hangon Merikylpyla,Finland

Hangon Merikylpyla,Finland Via cometofinland.fi

Travel posters are also a great source of he fashions of the day.

52 The Titanic

Via Vintage Travel Posters We Want ...

Now you know what enticed all those passengers on board the greatest ocean-going liner the world had ever seen.

Are you loving these posters? Do you have a favorite?

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