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How to Create a Travel-Themed Nursery for Your Little Explorer

How to Create a Travel-Themed Nursery for Your Little Explorer

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Looking for nursery design ideas? Why not create one that is travel-themed? I personally loved this setup we have, and want to share it with you. Check out what I did to our nursery in the blog below!

This post about fun things to do at home in the summer with kids was written by family travel expert Marcie Cheung and contains affiliate links which means if you purchase something from one of my affiliate links, I may earn a small commission that goes back into maintaining this blog.

If there was one thing I hoped I had prepared better for my child, it’s creating a nursery with a theme close to my heart, hoping my kids would love it, too.

When I was pregnant with my son, Owen, I had a complicated pregnancy. This led to me spending half of my pregnancy on bed rest at home and in the hospital.

I missed out on a lot of the fun “getting ready for baby” stuff, including setting up his nursery. I was able to order some wall decals and a couple of things online, but part of the fun is actually setting it up.

So, when we found out that we were pregnant with our second son, I immediately started brainstorming nursery ideas so I could start early, just in case.

I’d always heard that nurseries for second babies are usually no frills because parents are so busy with the first born that they don’t have time to decorate another nursery. I really wanted this nursery for my baby and myself.

The theme was easy for us to come up with. We are passionate about traveling with our family and exposing our kids to different cultures, customs, and sights.

I also plan on re-purposing some of the nursery decor for our guest room when our son is older and wants to redecorate his room. I was very careful with my selections.

Travel Wall Decors for the Nursery

Rifle Paper Co London Print was spot on with their travel-themed prints that matched perfectly in our nursery.


Rifle Paper Co Monaco Print was spot on with their travel-themed prints that matched perfectly in our nursery.


Rifle Paper Co Havana Print was spot on with their travel-themed prints that matched perfectly in our nursery.

The first thing that I wanted to do was get some artwork up on the walls. Rifle Paper Co was kind enough to provide three art prints featuring Monaco, London, and Havana (two places I love to visit and one that’s been on my bucket list for years.)
I really like the colors and spirit of these prints. We put them above the crib so I could see them from the rocking recliner.

Little Touches Here and There

We added a few little touches of travel theme around the nursery that could add color and personality to the room.

A nursery's changing table is a great opportunity to add some decors in theme.

We livened up the changing table with our Snuggin peaking out from a box and map bunting from LinenandLaceHandmade on Etsy.
I wanted to add a bit of pop above the changing table/dresser with this World Map Bunting from LinenandLaceHandmade on Etsy. I found a PDF of Disneyland’s It’s a Small World, and I printed it with Shutterfly.
As a bonus, I found a frame for 70% off at Michael’s. I was able to repurpose a vintage-reproduction metal military airplane from our wedding for added decoration.
Also, repurposed a vintage-reproduction chest from our wedding that’s perfect for storing tissues, ointments, and our beloved Snuggin.

Travel blocks from Big Cartel added such a lovely touch to our nursery.

Little touches like these adorable vintage travel poster blocks from Monkey’s Uncle tie the travel theme throughout the room.
While looking for ideas for this travel-inspired nursery, I came across super amazing vintage suitcase shelves. Pottery Barn Teen sent me these shelves, which fit our theme perfectly.
We also found a store that was kind enough to provide these Travel the World blocks to set on the shelf until our baby is old enough to play with them. I found the “H” letter in the clearance aisle at Michael’s and thought the color tied perfectly to the shelves.

Travel-Themed Toys and Books

Pottery Barn Vintage Reproduction Shelves are a perfect fit to our nursery aesthetically.

These vintage-reproduction shelves from PB Teen are a focal point of the nursery. They provide a fun space for decorations like this Boeing 100th Anniversary Teddy Bear from Steiff USA and this Guardsman Teddy from British Teddies.
We found this very fitting Guardsman Teddy Bear to watch over our baby. Steiff USA provided us with the William E. Boeing 100th Anniversary Teddy Bear, which is very special because we are a Boeing family and were able to attend the 100th Anniversary celebration here in Seattle.
I love how these bears represent a sense of adventure. Plus, to add an extra touch, I found the clock at Marshall’s and thought it fit the theme because of its leather case.

Travel-themed board books were something we considered in our nursery for my son Owen.

This reading nook provides my toddler with a space to entertain himself while I’m taking care of our newborn.
Since I knew my toddler Owen would spend a lot of time in the nursery while I cared for the baby, I thought we should create a space for him to hang out. Going along with the theme, I installed bookshelves and filled them with travel-inspired books to keep him occupied.
Our favorites include BabyLit’s All Aboard! series, The Tiny Traveller series, and Hello, World series. I also included a London Pillow cover from TammySmithDesign on Etsy so Owen can recognize famous London sights while he gets cozy with his books.

Creating a Comfortable Space

This Tiny Prints customized pillow added a nice touch of travel to our nursery.

I was stoked to create this customized pillow through Tiny Prints’ new Nursery Collection because it fits the room perfectly!
One of my favorite items in this nursery is a customized pillow from Tiny Prints that says, “The World is Wonderful with you in it.” I love this sentiment, and it’s a great fit for our travel-themed nursery. We put it on our reclining chair. I always seem to need a pillow behind my back when I’m rocking a newborn in the middle of the night.

Loving this overall look of our nursery.


I hope this post inspires you to incorporate your love of travel into your child’s nursery or even a guest room. There are so many interesting decoration ideas out there, and thanks to online shopping, they are only a click away!

How to create a travel inspired nursery

Products were provided by Rifle Paper Co, Snuggin, BabyLit, Penguin Books, The Tiny Traveler, Monkey’s Uncle, British Teddies, Steiff USA, LinenandLaceHandmade, Tiny Prints, PB Teen, and TammySmithDesign.

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Friday 24th of March 2017

OMG, the suitcases as shelves?! ADORABLE!! Such a simple, yet absolutely stunning nursery that really speaks to the traveler in me! Thanks for sharing <3

Francesca @onegrloneworld

Saturday 21st of January 2017

The customized pillow from Tiny Prints is my favorite too! The phrase is really sweet. This is such a cute room - you have amazing decorating skills!


Wednesday 18th of January 2017

Oh how cuuute! Just want to snuggle up in the nursery. Great taste in the decor too

Marcie in Mommyland

Wednesday 18th of January 2017

Thanks, Josie! I can't believe how cute it turned out!

Lydia Nasso

Monday 16th of January 2017

I love all things by Rifle Paper Co.! Your little one will surely be inspired by the decor in his nursery to one day travel. Nicely done!

Marcie in Mommyland

Monday 16th of January 2017

Thanks Lydia! I LOVE Rifle Paper Co, too!


Sunday 15th of January 2017

This is lovely with a good eye for so much detail. But what I like most here are of course all the travel books and the world map. Really great to see, cannot be too early to start to discover the world :) Well done!

Marcie in Mommyland

Monday 16th of January 2017

Thanks, Hendrik! The travel books are so fun! My 3-year-old likes to read them to me while I change my baby's diapers. Super cute!

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