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Travel Wall Ideas – How to Display Travel Photos & More!

I’ve hardly done any traveling this year…so to fill my travel void, I’ve been working on different travel wall ideas I have for our home. I’ve always wanted a large metal map to display our travel photos around and also a timezone wall. 2020 is the year I finally brought these ideas to life!

I am by no means a master DIYer or home decorator. So, these travel wall ideas are all quite simple to replicate. I hope you get a little inspiration for your own home with this post, and I’m happy to answer any questions anyone has in the comments.

4 Easy Travel Wall Decorating Ideas

1. Metal World Map with Photos and Lines

This creative travel wall features a laser-cut world map made from metal with framed pictures surrounding it. Each photo is tied to a location with a strand of yarn, showing where the photo was taken.
A closeup look at the travel wall, zoomed in on picture frames connected to a metal world map mounted on a beige wall. The photos are linked to their locations around the world using a simple strand of string.

I have wanted a travel photo wall like this in my home for years and years! I’m so excited I was finally able to bring it to life. These are all my own travel photos with lines pointing to roughly where they were taken on this world map.

Now, some of the metal maps out there will come with everything you need to recreate this wall.

This is how I did mine:

  • World Map: Purchased and hung a metal world map from Etsy.
  • Picture Frames: Bought black frames from Amazon in varying sizes.
  • Location Lines: Used small black magnets and black wool yarn to create the lines.
  • Attached wool to the back of photo frames and hung at varying distances from the map
  • I put a more detailed, printable version of how I did this at the end of the post!

2. Time Zone Wall 

Five clocks lined up in a row, mounted on a beige wall. Each clock is set to a different location -- Hortonville, Rosario, Moscow, Tokyo, and Sydney.
A closer look at the time zone wall created with wall-mounted analog clocks set to different locations. Each clock as a placard underneath indicating the time zone.
A photo of two creative travel wall ideas -- on the left, a time zone wall with five clocks set to different travel locations. On the right, a map photo wall with framed photos tied to different locations on the map.

On the wall by the metal world map, my husband and I hung 5 clocks with custom wooden signs under them and set them to their corresponding time zones. The cities are all cities we have lived in over the years. This is also a great idea to have in a home office! 

Here’s what you need to make your own time zone wall:

3. Coordinates Sign

A white wood signed framed with a dark stained wood frame. The sign reads "home sweet home" in a cursive text, along with a compass icon and coordinates.

I have this custom coordinates sign hanging in my kitchen. I used our home coordinates, and then Route32Designs (a fantastic Wisconsin-based shop) made me the fabulous sign. Now, the one shown isn’t the exact one I have. I wasn’t comfortable putting my home coordinates on the internet, but it does look just like this one!

You could use any coordinates you like, too! You could use a favorite city you visited or had lived in instead.

4. Map Poster

A vintage style metal posted of a world globe, propped up against vintage suitcases.

A super-easy way to get some travel decor on your walls is to simply hang a map or a metal map poster. I have the metal map poster below from Displate, and it is so easy to hang! You literally just peel the paper back off the magnet it comes with and stick it to your wall, then the poster sticks to the magnet – no nails required! 

How to Display Travel Photos Around a World Map with Lines

Metal world map laser cut with photo frames and lines pointing to destinations

Displaying travel photos around a metal world map with lines pointing to the destination where the photo was taken.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 45 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Difficulty Easy


  1. Take your metal world map wall decor and hang to your wall according to manufacturer instructions.
  2. Cut yarn strips to a longer length than needed.
  3. Secure one end of yarn to map using a magnet.
  4. Measure how far you would like the photo from the map and mark with a pencil.
  5. Nail picture hanging nail to pencil mark
  6. Secure other end of the yarn to photo frame by tying to hanging hook on the back of the frame
  7. Cut any access yarn.
  8. Hang the photo frame on the nail.
  9. Continue for all photos.

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If this isn’t enough travel-themed decor for you, check out my World Map Gift Ideas post, next!

I’m happy to answer any questions anyone has about these travel wall decor ideas in the comments!

A Pinterest-style graphic with text that says "Travel Wall Ideas - How to Display Travel Photos & More" over an image of a world map with photos on a wall.
A Pinterest style graphic featuring a photo of a world map with framed photos hung on a wall, and text that reads, "How to Display Travel Photos _ Other Fun Travel Wall Ideas"

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  1. Oh the world map with the photos is such a clever idea! I really like how it fills up the wall, such a fun statement wall for a room! 🙂

    Hubby doesn’t like gallery walls as he’s more a symmetrical type of decorator but when we had our family photoshoot earlier this year they had a big set of framed pics that met his requirements perfectly and it looks so good, it’s a real talking point in the room! 🙂

    Hope that you are having a wonderful Christmas week 🙂

  2. Oh, Lindsey, I just love this idea with the map photos especially for you who has been so many places!!! If you ever need more yarn, I’ve got you covered, LOL!!!

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