It may be some time after the fact, but I’ve only just managed to get my hands on this particularly elusive charm. The I Love To Travel charm is Pandora’s first airline exclusive charm, and is only available as an on-board purchase. Read on for details on obtaining the charm, live shots and how I’ve styled it on my bracelet! :D
On-board purchases come in a different gift box to those bought in regular stores.
They have a clear plastic window on the front of them – presumably so that the airline staff know what they’re selling! ;)
The charm is based on the existing Suitcase charm, which I have always very much liked:
However, I’m glad that I’ve never quite got around to purchasing it, as this LE version is just as cute. On one side is written ‘I Love To Travel’, with a deep red enamel heart and, on the other side, five continents are listed.
It lacks the more oxidised detail of the original suitcase, and is a lot more shiny. The travel charm is stamped with ‘S925 ALE’ on the bottom of it, as you can just about see in the second picture.
The red heart is also darker than the stock image suggests: it’s more wine-coloured. I prefer this, as it makes the charm look more sophisticated.
I don’t have a dedicated travel bracelet, so I’ve tried it on a couple of my bracelets. The charm is very versatile, in that its little red heart is a subtle use of colour, and it doesn’t clash with any colour scheme.
However, I think I’m keeping it on my original bracelet for now.
I also very much like the styling in the original press release, where the charm looks very cute styled alongside the new purple and white Effervescence/Fizzle muranos:
Obtaining the Charm
The I Love To Travel charm always comes packaged with another charm: this can be the Airplane, the Passport dangle, the Canadian Maple Leaf, or a three charm set containing the Cow and the Camera. The set that I obtained came with the Pandora plane charm. You can only (officially) obtain this charm by purchasing it as an on-board purchase with an airline.
However, I did not obtain it by virtue of actually jetting off somewhere exotic. Instead, I was helped out and sent one by someone who could get one for me. In any case, I’m absolutely terrified of flying, so this method suits me better! ;) (This also means that I most certainly won’t be keeping the airplane charm!)
This ‘someone’ was a very kind lady in Germany, who discovered that TUI Fly are shipping the charm to people’s homes in Germany. If you live in Germany, you can go to their online shop and order it to your home from there. Unfortunately, they don’t ship outside of Germany, so international readers will have to find a German friend to help them out. If not, a list of airlines that are selling this charm is available in my original post on the charm.
This is a very cute limited edition charm, and worth obtaining in its own right. It’s the perfect charm for the travel enthusiast, and complements the rest of Pandora’s travel range very nicely.
Have you managed to get hold of the I Love To Travel charm? Or is it on your wishlist? Let me know!