Travel-themed Adult Colouring Books + GIVEAWAY!

A while back I was talking with a group of travellers about how nervous flyers pass time on long haul flights and someone mentioned colouring books. Colouring books? I remember at the time this sounded a bit odd; I couldn’t remember the last time I had seen an adult colour in public, let alone done so myself, but fast forward a few years and this seems to be the latest trend.

Just before the Christmas holidays I walked into my local arts and crafts store back home, and what do you think I saw? Yes, a giant display of adult colouring books with all types of designs – sea creatures, plants and flowers, exotic animals, geometric patterns, and even the world of Anna Karenina. I had been curious about these books for a while now, so seeing as they were on sale and I had a trip coming up, I decided to pick up a copy with floral designs and put it to the test. These books are meant to be a great way to destress, so perhaps they would help a nervous flyer?

Well, while my new colouring book didn’t necessarily eliminate all my flying jitters, I will say that it distracted me and time passed so much faster than it usually does. I had barely coloured a quarter of the page (yes, I take my time with all the intricate details) when suddenly the 3 hour flight down to Florida was over.

Then a few weeks ago I heard that fellow travel bloggers Katie and Geoff from Wandertooth had launched an adult colouring book called Travel Between the Lines. What they did is take photographs from their travels and transform these into illustrations that they bound into a colouring book. How cool is that?

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They asked me if I’d like to put my colouring skills to the test, so I immediately said yes. Since I’m about to leave for South America in a few days and I knew the book wouldn’t arrive on time, they sent me a few designs that I printed and got to test out for myself.

My thoughts?

Their illustrations were a lot of fun to colour! Travel Between the Lines has a nice mix of very detailed images and simpler ones that allow for lots of creativity in terms of patterns and designs.

I also liked that the destinations in their book are quite varied; I had a little preview and they include a mix of cityscapes and street scenes ranging from temples in Kyoto to street corners in Oaxaca, and building tops in Havana to views from Alhambra.

There are countless adult colouring books out there, but this was my first time seeing one with a travel theme, so for someone who enjoys travel so much, their designs were perfect.

But now on to the giveaway!

How to enter the giveaway

Katie and Geoff have kindly offered to give away 3 copies of their adult colouring book Travel Between the Lines to readers, so we’ll be selecting 3 winners at random. This contest is open to participants worldwide.

To enter, all you have to do is leave a comment below answering the following question: What’s one landscape you’d love to see as an illustration in a colouring book? You can also earn additional entries by following @WanderTooth on Twitter and sharing this contest.

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104 Comments

  1. says: Meredith

    I think a Peruvian market scene would be lovely, as they are super colorful and unique! Machu Picchu or other Incan ruins would be nice too, but would be hard to color with all the greens and browns! 🙂

  2. says: Katie

    Amazing! Thanks so much for taking some of the images for a test-drive and so thrilled to know you liked them. It’s a bit nerve-wracking putting your baby out there in the world… 🙂

  3. says: Emi

    One landscape that I would love to see are the northern lights. Another one would also be some of the Buddhist temples, their colors are beautiful and you can play them up or down.

  4. says: Laura

    I’d love to see the Croatian Coast. Or Copenhagen, my favorite city. Wouldn’t it be awesome if everyone could upload their favorite pictures and then turn them in to illustrations to color in? That would make a great gift 🙂

  5. says: Bianca

    I would love to see the unique and colorful village of Bosa in Sardinia, Italy included in a coloring book! If you’re in Sardinia, it’s definitely worth making the trip there.

  6. says: Claudelle

    I would looooooove to see any busy market from rural Asia. Spices, colors, fruits, beautiful locals. Or a street in India, with food sellers, women dressed in saris… that’s my kind of ‘landscape’!

  7. says: Anne Cathrine

    I’d love to see the beautiful landscape of Guilin, China in a colouring book. It is most picturesque place in the world i have ever visited…

  8. says: Kristin Kesecker

    I don’t think I could choose just one place! Every place I have traveled to would make amazing coloring book material. Open air markets are my favorite to photograph, so many colors and textures. Ok, time to travel more!

  9. says: Elke Ledegen

    I wouldn’t mind seeing a scenery from Park Güell in Barcelona. Imagine all the mosaics on the stone’dragon’ (Salamander), all the colourful people around..maybe an ice cream vendor in the background?
    Sounds like summer in a single colouring plate to me! 🙂

  10. says: Andrea-Charlotte

    I would love to see the Patagonian mountains. Or the Dolomites. Or a bungee jumping person from a high bridge in a beautiful mountainous setting.

  11. says: Caitlin R.

    I Actually JUST ordered 2 coloring books today to bring on my trip to Costa Rica next month. I have lots of flights (9 to be exact) and most of them are in little planes (those make me a bit nervey). I’m very excited to see if they help at all!

    I’d love to see Indian Palaces in a coloring book…so many possibilities for color…I’m dying to color in that rug picture that you got to color! I need to put my 48 colored pencils to good use! 😀

  12. says: Sarah

    I would love to see an underwater Great Barrier Reef scene in this coloring book !!!! 🙂
    I absolutely love adult coloring books 🙂
    -Sarah

  13. says: melanie

    I would love to see the landscapes of the cliffs of moher as in such a book! And I would love to win such a book 🙂

  14. says: Shannon Mulder

    A colourful township landscape from South Africa – the colourful facades of the houses and advertising painted on the wall is so unique to SA. Would be great fun to colour that it.
    I’ve also recently started using adult colouring books and have found some great apps for my tablet as well, not quiet the same but great when travelling light.

  15. says: Belinda

    Am into coloring books. It relaxes me after a stressful day at work. I would love to see the terraces planted with rice of Banaue!

  16. says: Veronika

    I would love to see Czech landscape with its castles, rivers, hills, forests and cute little villages. That would be super cool 🙂

  17. says: Roisin

    I just started using colouring books again, they’re so much fun!!

    Stockholm as a landscape, covered in snow maybe! 🙂

  18. says: Michelle Weigold

    This is great! I just got a small coloring book to use on flights for my birthday, but I’d LOVE a travel one instead! I think it’d be great to see Arenal Volcano or the rainforest in Costa Rica 🙂

  19. says: Peggy Johnson

    I would like to see a coloring book of a variety of European countries, Scotland, England, France, Italy, Holland etc.

  20. says: Annabel

    Ohh I love my colouring books! I think I’d like to see a scene with something like Chinese lanterns, or something really intricate and colourful like that… or maybe an ancient castle, can’t go wrong there!

  21. says: veena

    this is amazing! i got into colouring again last year, and it has been such a fun little project. i would personally love to colour in a photo of the blue ridge parkway — i had the opportunity to drive along it in 2014, and it was absolutely stunning.

    and ps — if you’re ever on a short trip or don’t want to haul around a colouring book, i love the colorfy app on my phone. it’s great for long bus rides when i’m stuck in traffic.

    happy colouring! xx

  22. says: Veronique

    I would love to see the rainforest as one of those drawings. Happy to see the Machu Picchu is there already, it was my first thought! 🙂

  23. says: Romita Saluja

    I can already picture myself colouring a beautiful local, desert market of Rajasthan, India. It’s a myriad of clashing colours coming together in the form of women’s colourful clothes, men in their colourful turbans, beautiful dupattas and sarees displayed outside shops and of course, those ornaments and embroidered bags that the state is famous for. It’s a riot of colours! And if we can somehow have camels in the scene, even better!

  24. says: Veronica

    I would love to see Suncheon Bay Ecological Park in Jeollanamdo, South Korea. The reeds are beautiful and the view from the top of the mountain is the best I’ve seen in Korea.

  25. says: Chantelle Stobbe

    I’d love to see the stupas of Bagan in their coloring book!! Or Japan covered in cherry bloosoms! Perhaps the Serengeti during the Great Migration. I like things with alot of detail so it takes longer to color 🙂

  26. says: Ruth - Tanama Tales

    I will really like to give a try to these coloring books. I have read several blog posts about the best ones to get and I am getting exited!

  27. says: Joanne

    I love this! Adult coloring books are the best!

    I’d love to color a landscape of Mt Fuji overlooking the five lakes!

  28. I’ve been a color-er for a long time now, so I am SO glad it has become mainstream and it’s “cool” now. Ha! I’d love a travel themed coloring book. I think some pictures of Iceland that I’ve seen recently would be SUPER fun to color. Especially with the Northern Lights!

  29. says: Alouise

    This is such a cool idea, and how fun would it be to color the travel destinations you’ve been to (and get some inspiration for future travels as well). I’d love to colour The French Quarter or The Garden District in New Orleans.

  30. says: Holly G

    Would live to see Mont st Michel in the colouring book. It looks like Hogworts in Harry Potter but its so much prettier in real life.

  31. says: Ashley

    I’ve been wanting to get an adult colouring book and I love that this one is travel themed! I’d like to see Edinburgh Castle, the Taj Mahal, or the latern-filled streets of Hoi An 🙂

  32. says: Rachael

    I’d love to see a the bustling streets of an exciting city like Bangkok! Oh, and a tropical island of some sort would be great too 🙂

  33. says: Rachael

    I’d love to see a the bustling streets of an exciting city like Bangkok! Oh, and a tropical island of some sort would be great too 🙂

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