September is one of my favorite months to explore. Fall [my fav season] is arriving. The leaves change and set the landscapes ablaze with color. Campfires become more + more common. Adventures are just begging to be had. For me personally, September is bringing a road trip to Colorado to celebrate my husband’s birthday hiking in the mountains, we’re moving homes for fifth time in our relationship, we will be going to at least one brewery’s Oktoberfest, catching those fall colors in the Ozarks and soaking up all those amazing fall festivals that pop up in tiny towns. So, to fuel my own wanderlust, and hopefully yours, I have things for you to read, watch, pin + more!
Colin Thubron tells the story of his pilgrimage to Kailas – a mountain in Tibet that is scared to both Buddhists and Hindus. This journey comes as a means of dealing with the grief following his mother’s death. He beautifully describes the spiritual sites that he explores, the culture and the people that he came across and history of the beautiful mountains and towns that he passes through. Follow Thubron’s journey to the most holy mountain on earth.
“I am well aware of the hardship I will be facing, and the first to admit that I am remarkably unqualified for such a hazardous undertaking; this is precisely the point of my journey. I’d like to think an ordinary person is capable of anything.”
I stumbled upon this film on Netflix that tells the true story of a young woman, Robyn Davidson, who crossed the Australian outback, traveling about 1,700 miles with four camels + her dog. This film follows her process from getting started working with training camels, getting her sponsorship from National Geographic and her journey within herself as she suffers loss, battles loneliness, learns to accept help and makes her journey from the desert to the sea. If this doesn’t give you all of those woman-power-wanderlust feels, nothing will!
Valley Uprising 
You don’t have to be a climber to be fascinated by this documentary which tells the history of rock climbing and its original rockstars who blazed the path for newer, crazier, more daring climbers as time passed. As someone who is passionate about nature, it’s very inspiring to see others enjoy it in a different way. You’ll definitely walk away inspired, not necessarily to free climb – I’m not that brave, but inspired by their passion, their commitment and their love for the stunning Yosemite Valley.
✈︎ Words from Wanderers
“Distance changes utterly when you take the world on foot. A mile becomes a long way, two miles literally considerable, ten miles whopping, fifty miles at the very limits of conception. The world, you realize, is enormous in a way that only you and a small community of fellow hikers know. Planetary scale is your little secret. Life takes on a neat simplicity too. Time ceases to have any meaning. When it is dark you go to bed, and when it is light again you get up, and everything in between is just in between. It’s quite wonderful, really.”
I thought about how easy it is to get caught up in the moment, not realizing the importance of the story we are creating until it is turned into a memory. Could I fully understand the significance of the experience while in the midst of the story or would it not hit me until I reload the tales when I got home?”
✈︎ Blog Posts
I recently came across this post by The Insatiable Traveler about the Dos and Don’ts in Havana and when I finished reading it I felt even more pulled to Havana and even more desperate to get there by the end of 2017. Check it out if you’re wanting to learn more about traveling in Havana.
While trying to do some planning for our upcoming Iceland trip, I found this post on spending 36 Hours in Akureyri and I am sorta in love with the look of it! Hopefully, we can make the drive up here – depending on those winter roads, of course! If you’re looking for a trip within Iceland, this place looks pretty cool!
✈︎ From My Pin Boards
This last month, I’ve started really pinning more + more info for our next BIG trip. India has been so high on my list for such a long time, and I’m so excited to be able to start planning this part of my journey. I’m still trying to learn more + more about SUV camping and becoming more inspired. Of course, I’ll forever be planning some sort of road trip in the U.S. and we’ve been looking at some bonus spots for our drive to Colorado later this month!
What’s been inspiring you to buy the ticket, hit the road or start planning your next big adventure? I love suggestions for fueling my own wanderlust and fellow-travelers have the best tips!
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