The Armchair Traveler ~ 20th Century Travel Posters

Recently, I was browsing books in Barnes and Noble and came across “20th Century Travel” by Jim Heimann and Allison Silver. It is a marvelous book detailing the changes in travel (in both text and posters/ads) from the grand tours of wealthy tourists to the jet age. It’s a terrific book to browse and dream and whet your appetite for travel. I added some favorites below.

  • Think about your favorite places.
  • Immerse yourself in the images you create.
  • Visualize the glamour associated with embarking on a deluxe ocean liner or taking a flight to a favorite spot or a place you have always wanted to visit.
  • Check out the posters below and imagine taking a journey in the beginning of the 20th century, before travel became popular.
  • Imagine yourself on a beautiful beach or an ocean liner or a Pan Am Clipper flying to Asia or Europe.
  • Have fun and enjoy your dreams.

Plan your journeys using the mystique of your imagination. Pick a spot and learn all about it – its history, culture, cuisine, art, literature, etc. The world is yours to explore. Savor it.

 

The Armchair Traveler

When you desire to take a journey but circumstances prohibit you from doing so, what to do? Become an armchair traveler …

  • Immerse yourself in your dream destination (France, Italy, Montana, Nepal…pick a place you have always dreamed of visiting) …
  • Check out your library or book store for photo books, historical non-fiction or fiction set in your dream place …
  • Prepare special dinners (or a party!) with the foods and wines of the area …
  • Learn a foreign language …
  • Listen to music that transports you …
  • Find movies set in your special place …
  • Too many places to narrow it down to just one destination?
    • For ideas, peruse “1,000 Places to See Before You Die” and “1,000 Places to see in the United States and Canada Before You Die” …
    • Each month, pick a different destination to immerse yourself …
      • Find the place where you feel most comfortable …
      • Discover new places …
    • Most important, have fun and be creative as you journey to a favorite spot … even if for now, it is a dream …