I sometimes believe I was born & raised in the wrong decade. Although the 90’s brought me great joy (thanks mainly to the Spice Girls) I often wish I could have been a Travelette from another time, specifically the 1960’s or early 1970’s. So yes it was before the days of the cheap flights, hair straighteners and travel blogging, but there was something so glamorous and mysterious about the Pam Am girl…

When stumbling around on flickr for some retro glamour inspiration I was thrilled to come across the following collection of vintage images of hotels & motels from all over the United States. With almost 4000 images to choose from it was hard to narrow down my favourites but here they are – don’t they just made you want to don a pair of platforms, a bandeau high-waisted bikini and bathe in retro glamour!

Find more inspiration from the photo stream here.


lorna stokes

This post was written by Lorna Stokes, part of the travelettes team from 2009 to 2013.

Originally from the UK but currently based in Brussels after stints in Canada, Peru, Italy and a job for the French military, she’s always had an unquenchable thirst for exploring new places! She’s still travelling the world with her family so catch up with her adventures on Instagram & Twitter.