[dropcap]S[/dropcap]omething I really got into while living in Korea was coloring. Intricate coloring books are quite trendy now, but they were extremely popular with Koreans well before they started showing up as Buzzfeed listicles. If you watched “The Producers (프로듀사)”, you may have seen IU frequently coloring in Johanna Basford’s beautiful Secret Garden book.

I just love the idea of them. They force me to be more creative, help me destress, and get my eyes off of a screen for a bit. I went a little coloring book crazy in my two years, feeling an urge to buy every single one I came across. Travel coloring books are especially appealing because I also found new places to add to my wanderlist! You may have also noticed I added them to my 2015 and 2016 gift guides :p

If you’re still looking to find a fun holiday present, I rounded up 15 travel coloring books I found browsing the internet! I already bought one of them when I was shopping for some craft supplies, and all my books from Korea finally arrived a week ago. If I start randomly disappearing from social media, you’ll know where I am :p Click the photo to find out more information.

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I also grabbed these colored pencils when I was in AC Moore, but I had these slightly fancier ones while I was in Korea in case you were wondering what kind to get!

How about you? Which one of these would you choose? What travel coloring books or coloring books in general do you recommend? 


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  1. This is a very cool post. Very original. I love colouring books and I’m sure I would benefit from the destressing the books offer. The problem is I’m not sure if I have the patients to colour within the lines. However, the fact that these books are all cities will definately motivate me…

  2. I was thinking to buy an adult coloring books. Actually I went to a shop, but couldn’t find something I could connect with. I almost forgot about the idea since I read this post. They are awesome. I can choose between them :)

  3. I think the adult coloring books are pretty, and your list is great and very comprehensive. Personally, I have zero time to sit and colour. So many other things to do! ;)

  4. It is quite different from the ordinary! While I love colors , I am not a great at art. I am sure these are nice gifts for chilldren this festive season.

  5. It’s awesome to see coloring books, especially for adults become “in vogue.” I have to admit I picked up one and started coloring and quickly got frustrated. The same problem I had as a kid with them…coloring outside the “lines.” It’s good to see so many options though!!

  6. OMG I had no idea this was a thing! I used to love colouring books as a kid, I used to have a butterfly one that I could only colour in once I’d seen the butterfly – I could do the same with one of these wanderlust ones!! It might take a long time to complete it though lol :D

  7. Oh my god! Thank you, thank you for this post. I have a few adult colouring books but I had no idea there were travel versions of them. They are on my Christmas wish list now :)

  8. These are very pretty! I am a fan of colouring books myself but prefer abstract and geometric patterns. It’s the OCD in me that following patterns even while colouring helps me relax.

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