Roaming Gnome

Posted on January 1, 2011

Just before Christmas, on a whim, my wife and I happened to see Travelocity’s Roaming Gnome for sale at our local Meijer’s store. He wasn’t too expensive. If I recall correctly, he cost less than $20. We both had the same idea; would it not be fun to include him in our family photos and/or videos while we travel? Much like how he is portrayed in Travelocity’s adverts.

So he was bought, as I said, on a whim. So far, we have only included him in some of our photos of our Christmas tree. Unfortunately, we left him at home when we went on a short vacation to Wisconsin last week.

I have been giving this some thought, off and on. Maybe I can create a Facebook fan page of some sort where people from all over can post photos that they have taken that include the Travelling Gnome. He doesn’t need to be at the fore-front of the photo, so long as he is visible somewhere in the photo… sort of like a “Where’s Waldo” but in this case “Where’s the Gnome?” That is optional of course. If you would rather have him in the fore-front, by all means.

My only problem is – how do I get something like this off the ground? How do I get people interested enough to buy a gnome and take it places much less include it in a photo? How do I spread the word of such a facebook page? or is this just a stupid idea? This is by no means a way of advertising for Travelocity; its just that he is so darn cute! and it would be fun.

What do you think? (Did you know that the Roaming Gnome has a Twitter page?)

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2 Responses

  1. Penny Ward:

    We have a 30″ tall gnome holding a lantern in our dining room, half hidden by the plants in the corner. We just bought him a set of mushrooms before Christmas. :)

    08.01.2011 22:03

  2. Nancy Tan:

    sigh. u shld have a warning here for ppl who wants to comment. PLEASE FILL IN YOUR EMAIL AND DETAILS IF YOU DON’T WANT YOUR RATHER LENGTHY COMMENT TO BE ERASED AFTER U SUBMIT IT JUST BECOS IT DIDN’T HAVE THOSE DETAILS AND U’LL HAVE TO START FROM SCRATCH AGAIN!!!!

    funny how that part of the comment wasn’t there when i tried to comment the FIRST time. this is the 2nd summarised version. i love your idea!!! except that we probably can’t get THE gnome over this side of the world. i had no idea how it looked like and i googled. he looked pretty hard and a little heavy for my baggage weight quota (cos i need every gm for shopping :-p :-p). besides, US$20 still sounds expensive to me, that’s almost like RM70! still i adore that idea so i’m going to substitute it for an almost-weightless cute tiny soft-toy. we did it once with daffy duck, so i’ll just have to go give him cpr. am i being a wet blanket to your cool plan? sorrrrryyyy. as for spreading the word, just take more pics and post it on fb, your blogs etc and ppl will just see how cute it is and maybe jump on. have u heard of one teddy 365 days project? gnome can always start at home. :-) have fun.

    09.01.2011 19:46