W a n d e r l u s t W e d n e s d a y
Being someone who is constantly aching to travel, I’ve figured out a handful of fun ways to soothe those travel cravings and I thought I would compile them into a sort-of to do list!
»Eat at an Ethnic Restaurant or Make Your Own Ethnic Meal
Sampling local flavors is one of my favorite things to do when I travel! So, of course, when I’m a bit homesick for the road I love to get Peruvian, Thai, Mexican, Ethiopian or whatever food makes me think of a faraway place. Also, it’s always a blast to try to make new things and go to stores to hunt down those interesting veggies, spices and more that I’ve never heard of!«
»Read a Travel Essay or Book
This is how I try to end my day. I love reading books about traveler’s experiences, and it’s an added bonus to be able to get some writing inspiration as well! A few of my all-time favorites are The Geography of Bliss, Holy Cow, Angelina Jolie’s Notes From My Travels and Desert Solitaire!«
»Visit a Museum in Your Own Hometown
There may not be a lot of riveting museums if you don’t live in a big city, but there are tiny museums all over the place! Whether it’s an art museum, a feminist museum, or a museum on the history of your tiny town it’s still something to see and it gets you out of the house and on the “road”.«
»Take a Hike Somewhere Near You
If I’m in Asheville there are so many hikes in the area that I could experience something new everyday in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Even in Missouri, though, I have found several hiking trails and state parks in and near the city! I love being outside soaking up the beauty of this earth!«
»Watch a Movie Set in a Place You Want to Visit
Watching Midnight in Paris was what made me start Wanderlust Wednesdays. I hadn’t really been dying to go back to Paris anytime soon, but after seeing that I was stuck on Paris for a few months. Several movies have had this affect on me, and often times I will see a movie trailer and HAVE to watch it based on where it was filmed alone.
»Plan your next trip
The next-best thing to traveling is planning a trip. That is a really unique rush because you have the anticipation of the trip and you get to look up all kinds of interesting facts and destinations which build even more excitement! I have stacks and stacks of travel guides and magazines that I love to flip through again and again… Not to mention the hours spent on Pinterest, but more about that in a bit.«
»Read Your Favorite Travel Blogs
I love to hear from real-life travelers and see their photos to go along with their words. I obviously think there’s value to read what bloggers have to say. I follow several different blogs, but I’ve been reading through my friend Izzy’s blog Lets Go Somewhere lately, and I’ve been catching up on another favorite Another Walk in the Park.«
»Drool over travel photos on Pinterest, Tumblr and Instagram
Hello. My name is Paige, and I’m an Instagram & Pinterest addict. I just can’t control myself. I’m constantly blown away by other people’s talent and their sense of wanderlust. I’m a sucker for nature scenes, open roads and beautiful buildings… Lately, I’ve been drooling over stunning Pacific Northwest shots by @fursty on Instagram and quaint photos of the Florida Keys on Pinterest.«
»Be a Couchsurfing Host
I love Couchsurfing and will forever advocate its use! It’s such a great way to connect with (for the most part) like-minded people and it also helps make your travels more affordable. When you aren’t able to surf, you should host to live vicariously through your surfers, help enrich their trip and share travel stories. Seriously, what a great tool to use!
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recommendations on what keeps your road-sickness at bay!«
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