Why we think crossword prints are a great way to celebrate your travels...
Personalised travel prints are a great way to celebrate your travels. They make thoughtful gifts for travel-lovers. They prompt memories and start conversations. They are a very personal kind of home decor. When thinking of travel prints, have you ever considered getting a crossword style print? Crossword prints are an interesting alternative to more usual list prints and we think crossword prints make particularly good travel prints. Why? Here are some of the reasons...
The crossword style itself is unusual, especially when it's a custom design made to show words, chosen by you, that remind you of your travels. You don't see many crossword prints around so when you do see one, it attracts attention.
Crosswords are intriguing because we read them differently to the way we read most text. We read each word in a crossword separately because each word stands apart from the others. Yet the words are connected. The different orientations of different words also changes the way we read. Does this mean that as viewers, we take more notice of individual words in a crossword than we would if the same words were presented in a list?
Crossword print in Grey Red
The crossword format suggests that there's a link between the words. So when we look at a crossword we might look for the link, consciously or uncounsciously. We search the crossword for words we think should be there. If someone realises that your crossword shows cities you've been to and they know you've been to New York, they'll look for it. And then they might discover that you've been to Chicago too!
Each word in a crossword is of equal importance. There's no sequence or priority between the words. If sequence is important for the words you want on your print (for example a tour itinerary) then a list print might be better.
Crosswords are attractive because of patterns in the word layout and the balance between text and space. In our crossword prints we also use colour and other decorative elements to enhance their visual appeal.
Crossword print in shades of green
Crossword Travel Prints We think that crossword prints are especially suitable for celebrating travels. Here are some examples:
Places visited. Crossword prints are a great way to display the names of places you've been to - countries, cities, towns. Some of our customers successfully combine both countries and place names in the same crossword.
Bucket list. Crossword prints can be used for a bucket list or wish list of places you'd like to visit.
Food. We know that for some people food and drink is an important part of travelling - trying new tastes, local wines, different cuisines. Try putting your favourite food-related memories on a crossword! Beers you had in Africa? Ice cream flavours you had in Italy?
Travel memories from a single trip. We like this one. You combine place names, people's names, food and drink, experiences, song titles, words in another language - any words that remind you of a special trip. We suggest using as many words as possible for these crosswords because part of the attraction when you're looking at the finished print is that you might surprise yourself - and rekindle a memory - by noticing something you haven't seen for a while.
For Best Results We recommend a minimum of 12 items and a maximum of 30 items for a crossword print. Fewer than 12 items often limits the options for the crossword design and the result can sometimes look unbalanced. More than 30 items can mean that the text size for each item can be relatively small. For best results we also suggest trying not to include any extremely long words (more than 20 characters), though with place names this isn't always possible.
So, if you're thinking of buying or making a wall print to remember your travels, consider a crossword. It could be just the thing that sets your print apart from those you've seen before.
Crossword print in black
Do you have any questions about our crossword prints? Ask away! Any suggestions about how you might use a crossword to celebrate your travels?
Rob has visited more than 50 countries. He's travelled with organised groups and independently. His travel photos have appeared in many publications and on many websites. His favourite meal is breakfast.