What’s your travel gnome?

You’ve seen it in Amelie, and again in Travelocity. What started out as a prank, is now somewhat a norm for travelers, though not always with a gnome.

Anton listed a some bloggers who have their ‘gnomes’: Joey and her BJDs, Ariel with his Bearbricks, Isabelle and her tabo (water dipper), Batjay and his Spiderman, Via and her Merlin, and Miss McDonald. (no further introduction needed. Haha.) Of course, there’s also Anton and his 2-year old son, Aidan.

As for me, and Khursten, our gnomes are these 4-inch dolls that are just beyond cute: Pinky Street dolls.

 

They’ve been with me to Bohol

The hills are aliiiiiiiiive Adventurous Pinkies Reina giving me the finger

 

Explored Sydney with me.

Sayuri at the Opera house Nazuna at the garden Even Sayuri is impressed with Manly beach

 

We’ve also lazed around and enjoyed the fine white sand beaches of the Gold Coast.

So what if he's naked? Nuu nee nuu nee nuu This is MY land

 

I know of a lot of people who like having their pictures taken with popular tourist landmarks in the background. I, on the otherhand, am uncomfortable if I’m standing by myself on the otherside of the camera. Odd, since I get more weird looks taking pictures of 4-inch dolls.

Weird looks or not, I really enjoy taking my dolls with me when I travel. They’re like instant company, a friendly face in a foreign land. Sans the conversations and arguments as to where to go and what to do, of course.

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What about you, do you have a travel gnome?

Article by Nina Fuentes

Nina doesn't aim to travel to every country in the world -- she just wants to travel to the places that means the most to her. She started traveling in 2006, and hopes to travel for as long as she can. Her travel blog, Just Wandering won the Best Travel Blog in the 2010 Philippine Blog Awards and in the 2011 Nuffnang Asia Pacific Blog Awards.

This Article Has 8 Comments
  1. Anna says:

    Mark the green sneaker!

  2. kaoko says:

    Pinkies make the best travel companions ever!

  3. Joey says:

    Yep, I travel with my BJDs and shock airport personnel at the X-Ray scanner.

    I’m so amused by that Pinky (first photo, third row) doing that hand gesture. So cute!

  4. i’ve also taken my spiderman to see sydney, perth, brisbane, townsville and the GBB.

    your doll and my doll have walked sydney harbour. how cool is that.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/batjay/434373151/in/set-72157600027016968/

  5. […] I take out my Pinky Street dolls to take photos. So when I got to travel with two other people with travel gnomes, I was happy because I wasn’t so freaky afterall; other people take photos of inanimate […]

  6. ayeen says:

    i’ve been forever looking for a travelling gnome…
    the pinky street dolls are so cute!!
    do you know where i could get myself one?
    super thanks!

  7. nina says:

    Hi Ayeen! In Manila, Pinky Street dolls are available at Special Toys Center (branches in Virramall, SM North EDSA, Alimall and Festival Mall), Hobbitoi (Alabang Town Center), Rustan’s (not sure if they still stock Pinkies though) and occasionally, Great Toys (Shoppesville).

    If you’re not wary about ordering overseas, Hobby Link Japan is the best place to get them from.

    OR, if you can wait, Kalye Pinky, the local Pinky Street collector’s community will be exhibiting and selling dolls. Or you can just ask me if I have extras to sell (I usually do XD). But I do suggest checking out this list of all the Pinky releases. Btw, Pinky-Street.com is the forum for Pinky St collectors worldwide. It’s a great place to learn more about the dolls, the latest releases, customizing and just meeting new friend. You can also join the Kalye Pinky flickr to meet the collectors here in Manila :

    If you have any more question about Pinkies, just ask πŸ™‚

  8. Simmifer says:

    I justed started the travelgnome (themed) blog πŸ™‚

    Did Sydney Harbour too!

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