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Wanderlust Wednesday ✈︎ September 2016

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!

✈︎ Read


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. 

✈︎ Watch

Tracks [2013]

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Source: Left // Right

“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 [2014]

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Source: Left // Right

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

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“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.”

Bill Bryson

Travel Makes One Modest. You See What A Tiny Place

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?”

Lauren Flower

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✈︎ Blog Posts

The Insatiable Traveler

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.

36 Hours in Akureyri

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!

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* Photo Sources [numbered left -> right] : one, two, three, four, five, six, + seven.

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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  • Reply
    September 7, 2016 at 9:44 am

    I love this idea of a ’round up’ post for the month 🙂 I am going to Cuba in October so your Heading to Havana link is super helpful, thank you!

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    September 7, 2016 at 10:22 am

    What a lovely wanderlust post 🙂 Gotta check out some of the movies you recommended! Tracks looks like it’ll be a good one to watch especially being based on a true story!

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    Patricia Steffy (@PLSteffy)
    September 7, 2016 at 10:42 am

    Fall was one of my favorite seasons as a kid. We don’t get a true fall here in SoCal, but there are pieces of it, and we are inspired to travel to find some of it. Thanks for all the inspiration! Andy loves hiking and nature, generally, so I think he’d love watching Valley Uprising!

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    September 7, 2016 at 11:36 am

    Thanks for sharing- and have an AWESOME trip to India! What an amazing destination.
    We don’t have any travel plans in the fall but we’re in the midst of finalizing everything for Guatemala and Belize in December and Montenegro, Italy, and Croatia again next spring!

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      Paige Wunder
      September 9, 2016 at 8:02 am

      Thank you! I won’t be there until about a year from now, but I’ll be in Iceland in February which is very exciting! I can’t wait to see more from your trip to Central America! I’m dying to get there!

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    Kevin Wagar
    September 7, 2016 at 2:23 pm

    Fall may be becoming my favourite season. The cooler weather, the amazing colours and more. I

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    Anne Slater-Brooks
    September 8, 2016 at 2:38 am

    I love the camel story definitely need to pluck that one out. I also really love Holy Cow – a must read for anyone into India and yoga.

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      Paige Wunder
      September 9, 2016 at 7:59 am

      It’s really great! And Anne, I’m so with you! Holy Cow is one of my very favorite travel books of all time! I read it when I was in high school and read it again last year! I’m glad to hear you loved it too! Thanks for the tip!

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    September 8, 2016 at 3:08 am

    Very inspiring! I had seen the film “Tracks” advertised but wasn’t sure if it would be interesting enough (I know she is traveling along the desert alone so I thought there wouldn’t be too much dialogue ha ha). I will take your recommendation on board and give it a go 🙂

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      Paige Wunder
      September 9, 2016 at 7:57 am

      You’ll have to let me know what you think. She actually travels with a tribal elder for part of it as she goes over sacred land and a photographer meets up with her every so often, so there’s more than you think. I really liked it.

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    Cori Carl
    September 8, 2016 at 7:21 pm

    I love this. I’m technically traveling at the moment, but back to a city I used to live in, so I’m ready to live vicariously through your trip to India.

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      Paige Wunder
      September 9, 2016 at 7:43 am

      Thanks, Cori! Have you been to India? I still have about a year to go until India, but it’s a place I have been waiting to get to for over a decade!

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    September 8, 2016 at 10:35 pm

    Omg Paige! Is this a new post series? If it is, I hope you keep up the good work! I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT!!! I need to read this book you suggested. It seems like something up my alley and I am interested in taking a pilgrimage of sorts (The Camino del Santiago, have you heard of it?) on my father’s 10th death anniversary when I’m 30. I’d like to see what epiphanies the author made. Did you like ‘Tracks?’ I really wasn’t a big fan and I also read the book… the books has way more insights than the movie. She seemed so grumpy the whole time 😛 Bookmarking your Havana find as I will be headed there next year in May! I might borrow some ideas for a future series too if that’s cool with you. AND INDIA?!?! WHEN IS THIS HAPPENING?! We need to catch up! 😀

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      Paige Wunder
      September 9, 2016 at 7:39 am

      It is a new series! I used to do a weekly Wanderlust Wednesday, but it became overwhelming and uninspiring, so I just started this last month doing it once a month!
      I think that sounds like the perfect way to honor your father and to remember him. I have two friends who just did it this year and Matt and I have been looking into it as well! I just watched a movie about it that I’m going to put on next month’s WW called ‘The Way’. It’s on Netflix.
      I did like Tracks. I agree that she seems very grumpy for the first half of the movie, but I liked that she changed through her journey and realized that she needed and relied on others as the trek went on.
      That will be so amazing! I have wanted to go to Cuba for years, but I just haven’t made it yet. I’m dying to get to it!
      India is coming on our big trip! We’re leaving for Laos next September, so we still have a while to go, but India has been my no. 1 location since I was 16 so I’m just drooooooooooooling over everything! Haha
      Thanks for your amazingly sweet comment, as always! We do need to catch up soon! Xx

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    Gypsy Couple (@_GypsyCouple)
    September 10, 2016 at 9:24 am

    Love the round up post! It’s such a great idea especially for someone who’s just found you! The pics are beautiful as well!

    We see INDIA is on your horizons. How long is your INDIA sojourn and where all are you planning to visit? Feel free to hit us up for tips and help when you’re here

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