3 weeks into the semester, 3 weeks till Easter break! How is everything going for you? As always my schedule is hectic, but I wouldn’t want it any other way! That being said, I’m spending this weekend in Dublin, Ireland’s cultural capital city. I love to travel so much, as often as possible and because I find inspiration in different forms, I thought I’d give you an insight into the ways you can find your own inspiration!
I’ve always been an avid reader; relaxing with a good book, music, delicious food and a much needed drink (tea), is a really beneficial way to wind down at the end of a long day or week. Whether it be blogs, magazines, articles, books, travel guides etc. reading helps you get a feeling for a place even if you’ve never been there before. You become knowledgeable about cities, villages, attractions, cultures, food etc. It gives you a good starting point to map out where you specifically want to go and what to do, and plenty of tips to prepare you. A Google search is always a great starting point, but nothing gets me more excited about something than getting stuck into a good travel guide, or the Lonely Planet and National Geographic magazines (bibles)!
These are my favourite travel inspired books:
- Eat Pray Love
- Lonely Planet Ultimate Travel List
- The Alchemist
- Lonely Planet: You Should Be Here Today
In terms of guide books, I find both Lonely Planet and The Rough Guides amazing sources of information, you don’t even need buy a hardback edition as a lot of these guides are available online or as e-books. It might be an idea to check out Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel for 2016 and the Rough Guide to 2016!
If you’ve read any travel books that you’d definitely recommend reading, I’d love to know!
Pictures and videos! They make me so wanderlust… Instagram is the best for this in my opinion. If you haven’t got an Instagram account I’d definitely recommend setting up one. You can easily find thousands of images based on a simple search, and it’s a really fun social network to use. It’s not just beautiful beaches or vibrant cities that get me hyped up about travel either. Most of my love for travel comes from pictures and videos of wild animals, mouth watering pics of food and people in their cultures!
I love a good list. Bucket Lists are a fun way to note everything you’d love to do or want to visit. I’ve seen some lists that people want to tick off before they turn 25, 30 and even 50. Mine includes things I just want to do the most with no particular time limit. There’s nowhere in the world I wouldn’t love to go and experience for myself. You could always make a list of places you want to visit most in 2016, 2017 etc. but whatever style you choose, a list is always a good beginning point.
Which leads me on to…
LET’S TALK ABOUT TRAVEL BABY
Finally, there’s nothing like talking to someone who is hyped up about the world. It’s amazing chatting away with someone who has experience of the tourism industry, as well as getting tips about destinations and experiences. I always find people are willing to help, or give the directions to a secret spot, or how not to get ripped off etc. I wouldn’t have visited some of my favourite spots (such as Yamba in Australia), had it not been from talking to lovely folk. It’s also a good way to make travel buddies!
I hope this has provided you with some tools to find your own inspiration!
Have an amazing weekend