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Wanderlust Wednesday- Christmas Presents that Inspire Travel

Hello everyone!  Happy Friday (I’m pretending it’s Wednesday, though, so my “Wanderlust Wednesday” post isn’t two days late… sorry about that!  This week post  is all about Christmas gifts I received that inspire travel!  My immediate family and my friends have been always been really supportive of my tendency for Wanderlust, and this Christmas they made it even more clear to me by giving me things to help inspire me to keep traveling.  So I thought I would tell you guys about some of my favorite things I got this Christmas to inspire travel!

My parents got me a Spinner 360 Camera.  It’s a lomography camera with a string that you pull and the camera rotates to take a full 360 degree picture that takes up four frames of your 35mm film.  I’m really excited to go to some really, really amazing places so I can take some spectacular and unique panorama photographs!  I’ll post examples as soon as I get them developed and scanned!

My best friend got me an Oktomat Camera.  Another lomography camera with 8 lenses on the front and it takes 8 small pictures in one frame of your 35mm film over 2.5 seconds!  Another great toy camera!  It will also be great for taking interesting photos or new places and new friends!

My parents also got me a “Scratch Map”.  It has a surface like a scratchers lottery ticket, and you scratch off where you’ve traveled and it shows really bright colors against the copper!  I really love this, but it made me realized just how much I have left of the world to see, and I can’t wait!

My brother got me the movie Midnight in Paris which I mentioned in my first edition of “Wanderlust Wednesday- Movies that Inspire Travel”.  For all of you wanderlusters who haven’t seen it yet, watch it immediately, it’s really fantastic!

I also received a globe shaped bank for me to stash change into for trips!  I want to put a sticker or something on the place I’m saving for to keep me inspired everytime I set a little money aside.

My other friend got me this amazingly beautiful watercolor painting with an Emerson quote on it.  It says “Live in the sunshine, swim in the sea, drink the wild air”.  I was really flattered that she saw this and though of me.  I can’t wait to find the perfect spot to hang this so I can be inspired each and every day!

Last, but not least, is a gift I received a wonderful gift from my grandma.  I have already talked about how Angelina Jolie in my “Wanderlust Wednesday- Angelina Jolie’s Louis Vouitton Ad”, and how she’s just such a great inspiration, but now I’m REALLY excited to say she’s an inspiration for travel- with a putpose- because I received Notes from My Travels by Angelina Jolie.  The summary on the back is:

“Three years ago, award-winning actress Angelina Jolie took on a radically different role as a Goodwill Ambassador for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).  Here are her memoirs from her journeys to Seirra Leone, Tanzania, Pakistan, Cambodia, and Ecuador, where she liveed and worked and gave her heart to those who suffer the world’s most shattering violence and victimizaion.  Here are her revelations of joy and warmth amid utter destitution… compelling snapshots of courageous and inspiring people for whom survival is their daily work… and candid notes from a unique pilgrimage that completely changed the actress’s worldview- and the world within herself.”

Angelina Jolie is a woman that I really admire.  I love that she genuinely cares about these problems, and makes the most of her travels!  I haven’t finished this book, yet, but just based on the portion that I’ve read I’m so inspired to do some travel with a purpose.

I hope everyone had a great Holiday Season- Sorry this post is a couple of days late, it’s was a long beginning of the week!  Wishing everyone a great and safe New Year!  What were your favorite gifts you gave or received that makes your ready to pack your bags and go, or help plan for another trip?

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20 Comments

  • Reply
    shawnandsuzanne
    December 30, 2011 at 11:50 pm

    What great gifts you received! Can’t wait to see the photos from your Spinner 360!

    • Reply
      ashleypaige4
      December 31, 2011 at 12:21 am

      I know, I’m really lucky to have such great friends and family! I can’t wait either, I’ll be sure to post as soon as I finish a roll and get them developed!

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    Debra Kolkka
    December 31, 2011 at 1:03 am

    I really like the look of the camera. I can’t wait to see the photos you take with it. I’m jealous.
    Happy travels in 2012

    • Reply
      ashleypaige4
      December 31, 2011 at 2:24 am

      Thanks for reading! I’ll post the photos asap! Thank you and happy travels to you as well, I can’t wait to read about your new adventures in Italy in February!

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    thechocolatecupcake
    December 31, 2011 at 2:52 am

    What awesome gifts for someone who loves traveling… 🙂

    • Reply
      ashleypaige4
      December 31, 2011 at 2:54 am

      I know; my friends and family are pretty great! Thanks for reading!

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    curiouscatontherun
    January 7, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    I want those cameras! They sound amazing!

    • Reply
      ashleypaige4
      January 7, 2012 at 4:20 pm

      You should check into getting some- I love toy cameras for travel photos because they give such an interesting look to the things you see! Thanks for stopping by my blog!

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    gretchen hayhurst
    January 8, 2012 at 2:29 am

    You are fortunate to have friends and family who know you so well. I got two Spinners for Christmas: the black one and the beige leather one. I decided to keep both. It is really a fun camera to use. I can’t wait to see your photos from it too.

    • Reply
      ashleypaige4
      January 8, 2012 at 4:24 pm

      I can’t wait to get a roll developed! I love the look of the beige leather one! Any specific tips on how to use mine?

  • Reply
    JudyinFrance
    January 8, 2012 at 2:51 am

    Thank you for liking my blog. Happy New Year
    Judy

    • Reply
      ashleypaige4
      January 8, 2012 at 4:24 pm

      Thanks, Judy! Happy New Year to you as well!

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    © Keryn Means/ walkingon travels
    January 11, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    I got the scratch map for Christmas too! I love it. Now just need to frame it so the kiddo doesn’t sctratch every country off 😉

    • Reply
      ashleypaige4
      January 11, 2012 at 5:39 pm

      Yeah that’s probably a good idea; it scratches off so easily. I thought is was such an awesome idea!

  • Reply
    Barbara Moss
    January 15, 2012 at 3:21 am

    Thank you for dropping by and liking my post. Your cameras look amazing! I hope that you visit all the places you wish to and take wonderful pics.

    • Reply
      ashleypaige4
      January 15, 2012 at 4:50 pm

      No problem! Thanks for stopping by mine! I’m really excited to use the cameras on trips! Thanks again for reading!

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    Anita Mac
    January 23, 2012 at 2:48 pm

    Wow – I have not heard of the spinner camera before – but I know I love it! Sounds like an awesome book too!!! Know very little of Angelina Jolie, but I imagine she must be fascinating!

    • Reply
      ashleypaige4
      January 23, 2012 at 2:55 pm

      Thank you for reading! I haven’t gotten finished a roll of film yet, but I’m excited to get some developed, and Angelina Jolie isn’t someone that everyone loves, but I can’t help but admire all of the good that she has contributed to the world. I loved the book. It was really depressing to hear about all these things that I had no idea are going on, but it’s really inspiring too. I highly recommend it. Thanks again for stopping by.

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