Creative Wanderlust: How to style the perfect travel inspired photo

Travel themed photos are a fun way to capture the excitement of a holiday before you go and also a beautiful way to document the great times you had when you get home. There are lots of different creative ways you can capture your memories and pay tribute to your favourite places.

In honour of this week’s ‘Travel’ creative challenge theme we have put together a handy list of our top ways to style your wanderlust into an image. We’d love to see how you share your dream destinations and treasured holiday memories this week. One travel lover will also get the opportunity to document their next adventure with a 2-hour destination photoshoot from our sponsor Travelshoot - full entry details here.  

Picture: Ruth Stephensen @thecontentcreative via Instagram

Picture: Ruth Stephensen @thecontentcreative via Instagram

The suitcase shot

There is nothing more exciting than the anticipation of a holiday and packing your bags for all the wonderful things you are going to do. The suitcase shot is a unique way to showcase the adventure you are about to have. It’s fun to layer up all the things you are taking away and get organised for your holiday while you are at it!

Things to include: Suitcase (obviously!) your passport, holiday outfits, guidebooks, gadgets


Picture: Heidi Mumford @heidi_lisa_loves via Instagram

Picture: Heidi Mumford @heidi_lisa_loves via Instagram

On location shot

Just because you are on holidays doesn’t mean you can’t take a quiet moment to document your day. Why not style a quick vignette in a cafe corner using a local newspaper or cafe menu that shows where you are. Alternatively you could use your hotel room for a quick flatlay on the floor or bed using items you brought with you and any local items or souvenirs you've picked up on your adventure.

Things to include: Local newspapers, maps or attraction passes, coasters, menus, whatever is in your bag!


Picture: Heidi Mumford @heidi_lisa_loves via Instagram

Picture: Heidi Mumford @heidi_lisa_loves via Instagram

Picture: Jinny Olney @theurbanquarters via Instagram

Picture: Jinny Olney @theurbanquarters via Instagram

The holiday ahead shot

This is another fun shot to take while you are packing for your trip or even once you are already on holidays. Think about arranging everything you'll need for a fun day out on your trip. Add some local guides or your passport for some extra travel flair.

Things to include: Clothes, shoes, sunglasses and accessories, passport, travel guides 


Picture: Ruth Stephensen @thecontentcreative via Instagram

Picture: Ruth Stephensen @thecontentcreative via Instagram

The last reminders

You know all those ticket stubs and leaflets you can’t bear to throw away? Why not document them forever in a travel themed flatlay. It will help you clear out some clutter and you'll have a beautifully styled memory to look back on.

Things to include: Local currency, attraction guides and tickets, transport cards, souvenirs, postcards, maps, photographs


Picture: Ruth Stephensen @thecontentcreative via Instagram

Picture: Ruth Stephensen @thecontentcreative via Instagram

Picture: Ruth Stephensen @thecontentcreative via Instagram

Picture: Ruth Stephensen @thecontentcreative via Instagram

The map shot

Maps make a great backdrop for flatlays and are perfect for setting the scene of your shot. You can pick up free paper maps at practically any tourist centre and keep them after a day of exploring to get creative with later on. Layer them up with locally foraged treasures or trinkets you've purchased on the road.

Things to include: Map, sea shells, wild flowers, local items, souvenirs


Picture: Jinny Olney @theurbanquarters via Instagram

Picture: Jinny Olney @theurbanquarters via Instagram

Your favourite souvenirs

We usually come home from our holidays with some special keepsakes from our travels - or a suitcase full of shopping! Styling up a scene featuring things you have bought on your adventures (or even gifts that other people have brought home for you) is a great starting point to tell a visual story about that destination.

Things to include: Your favourite souvenirs or gifts from abroad.


Picture: Ruth Stephensen @thecontentcreative via Instagram

Picture: Ruth Stephensen @thecontentcreative via Instagram

Picture: Ruth Stephensen @thecontentcreative via Instagram

Picture: Ruth Stephensen @thecontentcreative via Instagram

Guide books

If you have any guide books for your favourite or dream destinations they are a great starting point for a travel themed photo. You could use the tips featured in our blog post Stuck for #inspo? Take a cue from your favourite mag and use a page from one of your dream destinations as inspiration. Alternatively you could style a shelfie with your books and include some of your favourite souvenirs.

Things to include: Your favourite destination guide, coffee table or design book, souvenirs.


Picture: Ruth Stephensen @thecontentcreative via Instagram

Picture: Ruth Stephensen @thecontentcreative via Instagram

Holiday Snapshots

Printed holiday snapshots are a wonderful way to remember your holiday and also make great props in your flatlays. They are cheap to create and a great way to add some colour to your photo. If you don't have any printed photos of your own you could use postcards from abroad or pictures cut from magazines or brochures.

Things to include: Snapshots, camera, souvenirs, postcards


Are you feeling inspired to take your own travel themed photo now? If you found this blog helpful or have any of your own tips to add drop as a note in the comments!