Christmas baubles with a travel theme

Travel memories in the Christmas tree

Ever since I bought a wooden Christmas tree with small hanging wooden figures in Bratislava a few years ago, I have started buying Christmas tree decorations when we travel. Certainly not to the same extent as my collection of dirty mugs, but it has definitely become more embellished over the years. It should not be marbles with the city's name in writing style and small glass angels, but rather slightly kitschy figures with a lot of color. As our tree is a really porky Disney tree with lots of snow, it is fitting to fill the tree with lots of Christmas tree ornaments. Actually, I want the tree to twinkle a little more, but the hundred little lights that make the snow sparkle will have to do instead.

I have selected five favorites from the tree, which make me dream back to previous years' Christmas trips.  What does your tree look like? Have you also filled the tree with memories? Maria's memoirs has made a flag garland with flags from the countries she visited. Very nice I think! Maybe it would be something for me to tinker with for next Christmas?


Favorite memory 1: London, England

From London I have two Christmas decorations from Harrods. A glittering golden Big Ben and a glittering red double decker. They are incredibly heavy though, a little tricky to place them in the tree without the branches bending a little. But what do you not do with such beautiful ornaments?


Favorite memory 2: Tallinn, Estonia

In Estonia we found these lovely wooden soldiers. There were two of them, in different colors and with different weapons. It only cost ten kronor each, so I probably should have bought more.

Christmas baubles with a travel theme

Favorite memory 3: Krakow, Poland

No one who has visited Poland could have escaped this folklore pattern. It really is everywhere. Almost a bit of zucchini, right? I only bought one bullet with me from Poland, both because the hand luggage was getting full and because I wasn't really sure that the bullet would fit in the tree. A little too much pink and light blue and a little too little red and gold.

Christmas baubles with a travel theme

Favorite memory 4: Tallinn, Estonia

Even more bullets from Estonia now thinking now? Yes, a lot was bought in Tallinn. This little red and gold snowman belongs to a set of eight different figures. Super nice little wooden figures hand painted with flowers and patterns. Christmas trees, matryoshkas, towers with onion domes and old men with hats.

Christmas baubles with a travel theme


Favorite memory 5: Great Ocean Road, Australia

The funny thing about our koala ball is that none of us remember when we bought it. We can't remember buying it in Australia, so it's probably bought in Sweden. But it doesn't really matter at all, because when I see it, I still long to go back to the wild koalas we met on the Great Ocean Road in Victoria. These adorable little fur balls! Love koalas!

Christmas baubles with a travel theme

About the blogger

Travel blogger, gastronaut, photographer and family adventurer with over 55 countries in his luggage. Eva loves trips that include beautiful nature, hiking boots and well-cooked food. On the travel blog Rucksack she takes you to all corners of the world with the help of her inspiring pictures and texts.


  • Maria's Memoirs
    16 December, 2018 at 10: 06

    Thanks so much for the link! ? And the koala was as cute as could be! I've actually only bought a Christmas tree ornament abroad, a golden beer stopper with sparkling foam from Bavaria?

    • Eve on rucksack.see
      16 December, 2018 at 10: 27

      Haha, wonderful! But why don't we also have a golden beer stop from Bavaria? Also want! My husband's family is from there, but the fact that we've only been there in the summer could be a reason why we didn't buy any Christmas decorations from there... ?

  • Ann-Louise Paulsson
    17 December, 2018 at 0: 27

    What nice Christmas tree decorations! The koala is incredibly cute. After this weekend's quick visit in Dublin, I now have a Christmas tree ball with Irish sheep 🙂 I have a lot of Christmas decorations that were bought in the USA, but since we have a cat, it has to be hidden in boxes and will not be hung on the tree, unfortunately. Made that mistake once at my parent's house and their cat managed to knock over the tree so some of my nicest Hallmark Christmas tree ornaments got smashed. (Fortunately, I managed to find similar ones on ebay later.)

    • Eve on rucksack.see
      17 December, 2018 at 19: 16

      Can't you hang the decoration high up on the tree? So sad to have it in a box in the attic! Saw a joke picture of a plastic Christmas tree for cat owners, where you don't put the lower branches in the tree, maybe it would be something for you? ?
      Lucky you got your hands on the Hallmark ornaments again!!! But I guess it didn't come cheap... ?

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  • FREEDOMtravel
    20 December, 2018 at 21: 50

    What nice things you brought home! 🙂 I'm bad with gadgets and also bad with Christmas trees... When I was little, however, we always had flags on the Christmas tree. They descended from my grandmother and grandfather, so super old 🙂

    • Eve on rucksack.see
      20 December, 2018 at 21: 55

      Thank you! ❤️ I may have a minimalist home, but when it comes to the Christmas tree and Christmas lights on the balcony, I'm all in!
      Are the flags still in the family? It would have been fantastic to have such a memory in the tree!

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