Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Wanderlust Wednesday : Travel Bug

There are a few things that I do to feed my ever-insistent need to see the world. If any of you would like to dive into this obsession with me, then I am here help direct you into your wanderlust addiction.

First, there are the books that I read to myself at night. Lately, I have been on a travel memoir kick and here are a couple that I have enjoyed.

     - Tales of a Female Nomad : Living At Large In The World by Rita Golden Gelman
                    Rita, at 48 years old, found herself divorced and wishing that there was more to life. So she sold all of her possessions and proceeded to travel the world. She inserted herself into cultures by living in small villages, sometimes with locals and sometimes alone. She learned the languages as best she could and found ways to give back to the places that gave so much to her.

     - Amazing Travel Experiences : 15 more stories from one world traveller hoping to provide little inspiration for your next travel adventure
                    This book is cool because it pulls together people's experiences around the world. Different types of travelers have unique stories to tell and all paint the same picture. You just have to go. Wherever, however, you want to travel. Just go.

     - Off The Map : 25 true stories to inspire your next adventure
                     This book has the same feel as the one above, but {you guessed it} different experiences. The thing is, I just can't get enough.

There are plenty more on my list that I have yet to read, but I have to pace myself so that I don't pack my bags in the middle of the night and leave with just my boys and a backpack. Or maybe a suitcase.

My other go-to source for information, of course, is the internet. There are Google searches, sure. But then there are blogs. On my Bloglovin' feed alone I follow 318 travel-related blogs. I don't mean that I read that many blogs every day. I would get literally nothing else done. I love them, though, because there is such a personal level to their travel stories. The good, the bad, and the ugly of trips taken. Here are a few of the blogs that I really enjoy :

     - Young Adventuress
               Liz, over the last 10+ years,  has traveled the world, and currently lives in New Zealand. Her travels are the stuff of legend. Check out her trip to Iceland, Turkey, and Egypt are just a few of the many fascinating destinations that she chronicles on her blog.

     - Adventurous Kate
               Kate, quit her job and moved to Souteast Asia for six months before taking her blog full-time. She now travels the world full-time, going anywhere and everywhere the wind takes her. Her trips to Indonesia, Vietnam, and Thailand are fun places to start.

     - Ashley Abroad
                Ashley started out in Paris at 21 and has been going non-stop ever since. Singapore, France, and the United States contain some great posts.

     - The Wander Blogger
                 Sarah writes about her travels with her expat family. They live in London and explore this amazing world, like Austria and India. together.

     - We Took The Road Less Traveled
                 Casey and her husband, David have traveled all over the world, as they were stationed in different countries for the US Air Force. She documents their times visiting places like Greece, Germany, and Holland.

     - Oh, The Places We Will Go!
                  Selena is a Texas-born expat married to a British globe-trotter. Together then live in England and take on the world one adventure at a time. Check out Morocco, Sweden, and Russia for a taste.

Of course, these are just a few in the huge pool of amazing travel bloggers that I urge you to check out.

A warning for you : These avenues absolutely will fill you with an insatiable desire to see the world. I would advise to read in small doses. Don't say I didn't warn you.

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