12 WAYS TO BE INSPIRED TO TRAVEL
There's no better way to get excited for a trip that's either -- still floating in your mind or -- has already been booked than by looking for some beautiful travel inspiration.
Surrounding myself with notes, lists, cut out's, articles, photos and books on travel keeps my dreams alive in my mind. I believe by completely focusing on what you want ---- creates it within your life and makes it happen.
Day to day life can be distracting so I want to make sure I'm always reminded why planet earth excites me so much.
So if you've let your mind drift off and want to regain focus on your passion -- or you just need some inspiration to kick start your adventure then this is the post for you.
PLAN YOUR GOALS
Sit down and write out your travel goals. Where do you want to go? What do you want to see and do during this life? Don't worry and stress about how you're going to achieve it just write down YOUR bucket list. It's amazing how seeing your own thoughts / desires written down in your own handwriting can affect your mind.
I like to set travel goals that have to be reached by a certain birthday -- like 'I want to see the Taj Mahal by the time I'm 24' or 'I'm going to complete a road trip across North America at 27'. It's something I've always done and then worked towards.
READ TRAVEL BOOKS
What better way to enlighten your wanderlust than by reading about epic travel tales, wild adventures and wandering souls. Getting lost in a travel book can take us to far away lands and inspires us to reach that step further in our own lives.
Travel Books I love:
Vagabonding by Rolf Potts
How to Live in a Van and Travel by Mike Hudson
The Beach by Alex Garland
1000 Ultimate Experiences by Lonely Planet
BE A TOURIST AT HOME
Instead of heading to the same places and doing the same things in your home town -- try finding out what sites, landmarks and experiences attract tourists to where you're from.
Learn about the history, catch an audio guided tour and appreciate home from a different perspective. It never hurt to learn something new and you could discover a passion for something you never knew you had.
In Scotland (where I'm from) I started hiking, finding waterfalls, exploring lochs and glens in order to save money for travel. But I ended up falling in love with my home country. I then started visiting museums and ancient castles and soon realised I really enjoyed learning about Scottish history.
Dive into travel videos on YouTube. This could be either a fellow travellers collection of GoPro clips, travel vlogs or even independent foreign films. Actually seeing a paradise you've always dreamt of in videos and photographs does something different inside of us than just reading about it can.
by Erik Conover
LEARN A LANGUAGE
Discover a new culture by learning to communicate in their language. Sign up for a course, buy a translation book or watch videos to get started.
Speaking or at least trying to speak in a foreign language can get you further than you think in those countries. Locals are flattered, appreciate the effort and are willing you to go that extra mile for you. Regardless if you're learning a new language or not, you should always be familiar with some polite phrases when visiting somewhere new. Learning how to say Hello, Goodbye, Please and Thank you is easy to do before your trip and is respectful.
EXPLORE TRAVEL BLOGS
For up to date content, true insight, and a fun way to learn everything you could possibly think of about travel.
I love travel blogging because I can help people realise their potential and inspire them to live their dreams. It gives me a platform to share every helpful tip and piece of advice I've learned from over 8 years of travel. My favourite Travel Blogs:
When I'm planning a trip to somewhere I've never been, Instagram is usually the first place I go to see what people actually get up to there and what to expect.
With thousands and thousands of stunning travel shots -- it really makes me realise how many places there is to see and things to experience that it makes me want to just drop everything and go!
I remember seeing a photo on Instagram of the idyllic village of Hallstatt in Austria. I couldn't believe how stunning it looked. I made a promise to myself I would visit there soon. Less than a year later I found myself on a train, then catching the little boat from the isolated station to the village of Hallstatt. I spent a day exploring and found the exact viewpoint where the photo that inspired me to go was taken. It was perfect and I only knew about it because of Instagram.
SPEAK TO OTHER PEOPLE
Want to get really excited about a certain destination or trip? Talk to someone one on one that's actually been there.
There is so much information to take in that some things can be overlooked so get asking your questions.
I find the knowledge I gain from speaking to other travellers overshadows the negative words left in my mind when talking to people around me who are trying to put me down or suggest I do something else with my life.
READ ABOUT A COUNTRY'S HISTORY
Instead of reading about what's happening now -- make it even more interesting and indulge in the history from hundreds of years ago.
Being aware of the struggles a country has gone through as well as the victories they have achieved lets you appreciate and understand the culture on another level.
While you're at it, read up on their Do's and Don't as well as ancient taboo's.
READ TRAVEL GUIDES
Collect Travel Guides. You won't regret it nor will you ever tire of looking at them on your shelf.
I don't necessary use them constantly while I'm on the road but I read them thoroughly before I go as they provide great base knowledge while preparing for my trips.
They give me an insight of the beauty a country can offer and inspire me to research and learn the in's and out's of a new country. A few treasures from my collection:
The World by Lonely Planet
USA by Lonely Planet
Southeast Asia on a Shoestring by Lonely Planet
Australia by Lonely Planet
CONNECT TO NATURE
Get outside. This is the key activity that motivates and inspires me. It will get you out of your head and let your creative thoughts come to light. I feel my mind is clouded unless I get outside walking in some fresh air.
It lets you take the break you may not have even realised you needed in order to bring your ideas to life.
USE TRAVEL FORUMS
I love to use travel forums (such as TripAdvisor) to ask a specific travel question I can't find the answer to and chat to fellow travellers. They are also great to just read through for information that you had no clue about to begin with.
Who knew that there are tattoo restrictions when visiting a Japanese Onsen?
I read it while scrolling through a Japanese travel forum.
Travel forums are extremely useful for facts on current political affairs and immigration rules and regulations.
I hope you enjoyed this short and sweet post. What do you do to find some travel inspiration?