Anthony Bourdain was different. He embodied everything I strive to be in my life…adventurous, open-minded, inquisitive, and honest.
He was an inspiration not only to me, but also to an entire generation of those of us who daydream of faraway places; those of us who decorate our homes with maps and artifacts from around the world…to those of us who always have the plans for another adventure in the works.
Every now and then, I like to highlight an artist who stokes my love of travel and inspires me to get out there and see a little bit more of the world. Today I wanted to let you know about an artist I discovered on Instagram. Her name is Elizabeth Marie and she does some absolutely beautiful sketches. Based in San Francisco, her work mainly consists of scenes from around her beautiful, iconic city. However, she also has sketches of other areas of the world as well, inspired by her own travels.
I could go on and on, but I’ll let her work speak for itself…
A while back, I did a post on Country music that will improve your summer, but if you’re just not that into Country music, you might be in the mood for a little travel inspiration, too! So, I decided to bring you a second post with even more inspiring travel music, this time with no Country songs…I promise.
It was an accident, really. A wonderful accident. We hadn’t planned on spending any time at all in Ireland as we had planned just to travel around Italy on this particular journey. However, when we found out we were going to have an overnight layover in Dublin, Ireland on our way home, it seemed like it was meant to be. We inquired with the airline if it would be possible to extend the layover by a few days and to our delight, they said it was possible.
I’ve often heard people state affordability as a major factor in why they don’t travel. I’ve gone on some pretty expensive, far-flung trips in my time, and I’m certainly not rich. How do I do it? It comes down to simple prioritization and budgeting. I’ve talked about this a lot in my blog, so I won’t get too far into the why’s or how’s or anything like that.
Look…I get it. Life is tough. It’s complicated. Travel can be expensive. You’ve got other priorities. I totally understand all of the reasons you may not be making travel a priority in your life. When faced with a mountain of bills and responsibilities, it can seem frivolous and luxurious. I understand, I really do. But the thing is, no matter how many reasons you have NOT to travel, there are also a lot of reasons why you should absolutely make travel a priority in your life. I’m not talking top priority. Obviously you need to feed yourself, take care of your kids (if you have kids), pay off bills, etc. I’m not saying you shouldn’t be responsible, but I am saying you should travel if there’s any way you can. Here are some reasons why….
I haven’t posted a Wanderlust Wednesday in a while, but today I wanted to start it back up again with a post on the beautiful European city of Sofia, Bulgaria.
Sofia, Bulgaria has been nicknamed, “Europe’s Most Affordable Capital”. If that’s not enough reason to pay it a visit, it’s actually quite a beautiful place. This Balkans capital is definitely on my bucket list.
Today, with the help of these Instagrammers, I’m daydreaming of this beautiful Eastern European city, the subject of today’s Wanderlust Wednesday.
This one is for all you Southern California campers out there. A camping weekend can be such a fun little getaway where you can relax, get out into nature, have some fun, go hiking, and just enjoy a change of scenery.
If you’re on a budget, camping can be an amazing getaway that can help fuel your desires to travel and explore all while staying within the confines of your tight budget.
If you’re in Southern California like me, you might be looking for good campsites that aren’t too far from home. Sure, it’s fun to go camping at Sequoia or Yosemite or Big Sur, but those places are a pretty long drive to get to, and sometimes you just need to get away for a weekend.
Have you been wanting to travel but just haven’t gotten around to actually doing it for one reason or another? Perhaps you don’t have the money or you have other things that have been getting in your way.
It’s time to make your travel dreams a reality.
I recently traveled to Seattle, as you’re probably all aware of. I wanted to recap some of the great things I saw and did while I was there in case any of you are planning your own Seattle adventures. I should preface this post with a note on how things work in Seattle. It’s a pretty big city consisting of neighborhoods. It’s a tough town to drive around and park (but we did it, so it’s not impossible). Public transport is decent but doesn’t go everywhere, so when you’re planning your Seattle adventure you’re going to want to look into the things you want to see and do before you decide whether or not you are going to want to rent a car.