This post is sponsored by Scotch Restickables.
When I was a child in Poland, two of my parents’ best friends lived a few floors below us. They were a childless couple and several years older than my parents.
Their flat was fascinating. Full of non-child-friendly things – all walls were covered in bookshelves overflowing with books and journals, knick-knacks gathered on their travels and lots of things that were not to be touched.
What I loved the most was one of their doors. I can’t remember if it was the front door to their flat, or one of the internal doors, but it was covered in post-cards. Cards from both familiar and exotic places. This couple knew all kinds of interesting people, who travelled all over the world and examining that door I was easily transported to far corners of the world.
I became an avid postcard collector. I would raid people’s postcard displays and collections and ask if I could have this and that. I was thrilled when my father travelled abroad to work when I was eleven, because I began getting postcards from outside Poland. The glamorously lit up Viennese Opera House took pride and joy in my collection and when my father arrived in Australia, the postcards became even more exotic.
I don’t know when I first made my very own World Door, I think I might have had one as a teenager, but I just don’t remember. My first World Wall appeared when I had separated from my then husband and was recreating my home to feel more like me. I used the archway between the hallway and my study and stuck up at least one hundred postcards from all around the world. It was so time-consuming to put up, but so rewarding.
My boys loved it, picking a card at random to ask me when we were going to travel there. I always said to them, “One day soon”. I suspect that my World Wall may have birthed a travel bug that bit both my boys.
As time consuming as my World Wall was to put up, it was an even greater pain to take down. All those tiny bits of blu-tack that had to be taken off each card and scraped off the wall. It took hours.
I did not attempt a World Wall at our last rental, as I just couldn’t face the painful process again.
When I was asked to trial the new Scotch Restickable sheets, I immediately thought of my World Wall. Here was a chance to put it up again and hopefully with a lot less pain.
Unfortunately, or fortunately, I no longer had a hundred postcards to put up. I threw a large number of them out when I last unpacked my life into our current home. This is what I had left:
The Restickable sheets are very easy and painless to use. Just peel them off the sheet, stick onto what you want to put on the wall, peel off the backing sheet and press onto the wall. Voila!
And very quickly, without much fiddling around my wall took shape.
It is nowhere near as big as my previous attempts, but it is enough. I can already see themes appearing, with multiple cards from Paris, Broome and Wroclaw, my home town.
And that, dear reader, is how I made my World Wall, otherwise known as a Travel Vision Wall. I used a hallway wall near the front door, so that we will see it constantly and remember what we really want to be doing.
Scotch Restickable tabs and sheets can be purchased at any Bunnings and Officeworks store. The recommended retail price is $4.95
Have you ever made a travel vision board or wall? What is your dream destination?