Travel Dreams and Inspiration.

I spend much of my life day-dreaming, and each time it’s about where I want to visit next. One day it’s Bhutan, the next it’s Morocco. Another day it’s Peru, and then it’s Ghana. The list is always growing and sources of inspiration are constantly surrounding me. I imagine my life as a permanent traveler, and never see an end to my adventures, as I believe that it is a part of who I am – something that I know will never change.

The original inspiration: magazine cutouts.

The original inspiration: magazine cutouts.

Several years ago, in the beginning of my love affair with the world, I would cut out pictures of countries, stuffing them into my journal. This journal was less a chronicle of my life, and more a place filled with lists of the countries I planned to one day visit. As I learned about new places, I would add them, knowing that one day I would visit the countries I once wrote down. And, as I visited each place on my list, I would check them off with excitement, realizing that I was beginning to reach my dreams and see the world.

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What I Loved About Aruba: Top 5.

It wasn’t hard to fall in love with Aruba: warm temperatures, cool breezes, swaying palm trees, and turquoise waters. Everyone was friendly, and I loved that people from all over the world seemed to flock to this beautiful island. That, of course, made me fall in love with the country even more, and of all the islands I have visited, this one would have to be my favorite.

Of course, I love it here!

Of course, I love it here!

While I loved everything about Aruba, there were 5 things that I loved the most about the island.

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Off-the-Beaten Path in Ireland.

Ireland is a country perfect for tourism, but all too often visitors only experience the tourist side of the Emerald Isle. But, Ireland has so much more to offer travelers. Be sure to check out my guest post for to find out what you’ve been missing!

Best of Brussels.

Chocolate, beer, waffles, french fries and mussels. What more could one ask for in a city? In my eyes, Brussels was absolutely perfect. Three years ago, my best friend, Lara, and I stopped over in the Belgian city to visit friends on our way from Dublin to Amsterdam. What I didn’t realize at the time was how quickly I’d fall in love with the city.

Brussels was never on my list of places to visit. I thought maybe one day I’d get there, but it wasn’t a priority. So, when Lara mentioned she had friends living there, it became the perfect stopping point before moving on to Amsterdam. I had no expectations, which is maybe what made everything about the trip so memorable.

While we may have only spent about twenty-four hours in the city, on very little sleep, we tried to experience it to the fullest extent, and we made sure to experience what I like to call the best of Brussels.

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Ho Chi Minh City: Top Three Sites.

Check out my latest guest blog for Gecko’s Adventures. If you are headed to Vietnam anytime soon, be sure to check out these three sites. You won’t be disappointed!

5 Brunch Spots Not to Miss in NYC.

In honor of the weekend, I’ve decided to dedicate my post to something New York City does better than anywhere else – brunch. With unlimited cocktails, creative menus, and time to bond with friends, there’s no better way to spend your Saturday or Sunday morning.

While there are plenty of places to enjoy brunch up and down the island of Manhattan, here are five places that should not be missed.

Obviously the drinks are the most important part of brunch. Paradou, September 2009.

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More Gifts for Your Wanderer.

Yesterday, I wrote about gift items under $50 for the traveler in your life. Today, I will give you a few more gift ideas, if you are looking to spend over $50 on that special someone.

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Traveling Lightly.

Day 16: BootsnAll Indie Travel Project

Today’s prompt: BaggageMental baggage can weigh us down as much as physical baggage when we travel. How do you travel lightly – either emotionally or physically?

Before I understood the meaning of packing light.

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Why You Shouldn’t Be Afraid to Travel.

There are a million excuses one can come up with on why not to travel. Even just the other day, my Mom said, “If you think about anything too much you’d never do it. Take travel for instance.” And, she’s right, which is why so many people don’t travel. Traveling around the world can be a daunting thought, but that’s no excuse not to do it.

This, I feel, is especially true for those living in America. When I travel, and tell people that I’m American, they always respond with, “People from your country don’t make it over here too often.” Which may seem to be a generalization, but in many cases I see it myself. Rarely, anyone I meet abroad is from America, instead the vast majority of people seem to be from England, Ireland, and Australia. In fact, in February, CNN reported that only 30% of Americans even have passports. Continue reading

Beauty: Inspired by Travel.

While travel is my first love, I also love to shop, specifically in regards to make-up and beauty. Set me free in Sephora or Ulta, and I’m lost for hours, finding multiple uses for a million different products.

For me, however, happiness is found when I come across a product that blends my two passions – travel and beauty. When I’ve run out of money to buy plane tickets, and I’m feeling antsy to get away, it just takes one of these to brighten up my mood, while also giving me inspiration on where to head next.
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