Travel Lifestyles – Inspiring Stories 1-10 April
With this new series about travel lifestyles, I’d like to take you past the best ideas and most resonating posts on the web from people filling their lives with travel. Every 10 days, I make a compilation of my best travel lifestyle finds and hope you’ll find the inspiration you were looking for. Besides thrilling and unique destinations, I will be looking for more personal ways to attract more travel into your life – and in what way this can make an impact on your personal life. Let me show you what I mean by starting with the first round of this Travel Lifestyle Inspiration series:
A Different Travel Lifestyle
If you thought there might be a perfect recipe on ‘how to travel’, let me tell you there’s not. And that’s not a bad thing, it is great! Because with everyone having a different travel lifestyle, seeking experiences that fit their unique personalities, the best stories are found. How about: A Story on Packing Styles, Pros and Cons, and Oman Brooke from Her Packing List is a pro-packer. When most of her travel companions packed around 28 kilos, she only had 8. I am not jealous. I just came to peace that I will NEVER be like her. Could you? Travel Workout: Beach Bum Bodyweight Here’s another part of my well-organized travelling image shattered: exercising while travelling. Not for me guys, but if you’re up for it, Ryan from Pause The Moment is your man with amazing travel workout programs. My Life As A Tour Leader Nathalie from Infinite Adventures wrote a great blog on Travel With A Mate about her travel lifestyle as a tour guide. She answers all your questions. She is really quite awesome. How To Become A Divemaster On Your Gap Year Another brilliant travel job you might want to look into: Toby from Gap Year Escape tells you all about working as a dive master. I can’t dive because of my Asthma, so I hope you can to make up for that. Send me a postcard! Evolution of the Travel Blogging Industry, and the Third Age of Travel A very interesting piece by Nora from The Professional Hobo about the changes she’s seen working as a travel blogger and turning into a slow traveller and creating a new travel lifestyle. I hope she gets well soon (she’s been in an accident) and that she can keep on travelling in a way that resonates with her most. Is it easy to get a teaching job (In Thailand)? Being a teacher myself (well, not an active one at the moment), I’m a sucker for posts about teaching (EFL) abroad. Kirsty from No Place To Be gives you lots of practical information and you can mail her with questions too. Growing Up Bilingual or Trilingual The ‘soultravelers3’ is a family with monolingual parents raising a trilingual and triliterate child in Spanish, Mandarin and English as they travel the world. Just have a look at the video in this post and tell me you’re not impressed. What I Miss About Xi’an, China Michael from Art of Backpacking spend nearly a year in Xi’an to teach English. This post is not so much about teaching, but more about missing his daily life in this Chinese city. An interesting read!
‘What was the one thing you learned from your travels?’ It’s a question I get asked a lot. Eh, do you have about seven weeks for me to answer that? Here’s a selection of people that have found some great words to put that questions into (part of) an answer: Am I choosing travel over love? It’s in her name: Runaway Jane. She describes in beautiful words why it’s so hard to be with someone if they’re unwilling or unable to move around the world and how important it is to live a happy life. Go Jane! One Year Later, Am I Living The Dream? “Harghehj, gabfgeghr, flbarble-waargh gaFRLArgh-ewar.” With these wise words, Mike from Fevered Mutterings is trying to sum up his past year and his travel lifestyle. Impossible, as we all know. He writes about how everything is changing after coming back from a trip and trying to figure out what’s next. Going home after 9 months of travel and why it’s okay It seems that more people have returned home after a long period of time, just like me. And it’s really fine, although the travel lifestyle will probably never fade. Thanks Matt & Caro from Passports and a Toothbrush, that is what I needed to hear! The Truth About Traveling as a Gay Man Wow, an intense piece by Matt from Landlopers. He realized that most people probably don’t have a clue what it really is like to travel as a gay person, and to be honest, I don’t. Thanks so much for sharing and opening eyes. The basic questions we have to answer about ourselves Adam from Travels of Adam get asked a lot of questions in his German Language class, but which questions really matter to him? Find out! The Primary Lesson I’ve Learned Traveling: People Are Fundamentally Good How travelling has turned Anil from foXnoMad into an optimist. And why I hope it does the same with you! After 5 years of travel, what’s next? The dad of Jodi from Legal Nomads tries to understand her travelling life. “Jodi, I love you very much but sometimes your life confuses me.” Join the club. A delicious blog for long-term travellers. And soup lovers. Observing Washington DC With New Eyes as a ‘Foreign’ American Lainie writes on We Blog The World about her re-entry into the US after spending time in South America. She makes a great observation and I recognise a lot after coming back home to The Netherlands in 2 years. Worst Travel Day EVER Everyone who has ever travelled will come across a bad travel day. It’s part of the travel lifestyle. Erica and Shaun from Over Yonderlust possible had the worst one ever. Hopefully this means it will only get better for them starting now.
Meaningful and Responsible Travel Lifestyles
Sometimes, travels becomes just another thing we do. We don’t immediately see the beauty in what we encounter, or we can’t value the people we come across and the lands we pass through. The following people have an interesting travel lifestyle and are great to follow if you need a little wake up call: A Little Human Connection Goes A Long Way Wandering Earl lets us think about the way we handle people approaching us while traveling. It turns out to be quite easy, really… Stop being a shitty traveler: responsible travel Eh, yeah, that’s another way of saying what I just meant. Luckily, Caro & Matt from Passport and a Toothbrush know how to spot a shitty traveller and have good tips on preventing yourself from becoming one. 312 Boot Shots, 5 Years and 5 Continents Wow, what a great way to become more conscious of the place you travel through. A great example of having a travel lifestyle. Alex, or the Virtual Wayfarer, knows a good photo when he makes one. Travel Deeper – Bolivia Gareth from Tourist 2 Townie has a quest to travel like a local and he does a great job, by looking at this video of his volunteer work in Bolivia. What do you do to get to know a place better?
Unique Travel Experiences
How to Survive Your First Hammam I’ve never been to a hammam, but if I would go, I’d make sure I check out this -as always- in depth guide by Dave and Deb from The Planet D. Review; Skydiving With @NzoneSkydive…and My Dad! A skydive with your dad, how cool is that! I remember I had to do it all alone :) Chris from Backpacker Banter realized there was no turning back after signing up for his, in own words, ‘fall to death’. Want to know if he survived? (Of course he did, you noodle, but just check out the amazing pictures and video) Fire and Ice It seems there are more crazy travel bloggers on the internet than I previously thought. How about Ayngelina from Bacon is Magic, who decided it would be a great idea to hop into a 91.4C sauna and then into a frozen lake. Brave girl, but completely insane, of course. The Magic of Dogsledding in the Dark Now, I’ve never even went dog sledding during the day, but in the dark does have an extra cool ring to it. Kristin from A Pair of Boots and a Backpack had one of this bucket-list-worthy experiences. Glacier Trekking: What It’s Like to Walk on Ice! Staying with the winter-cold theme here, Aaron from Aaron’s Worldwide Adventures went Glacier Trekking. How awesome is that. Well… just as awesome as his pictures, I believe! Go check them out. Wine Tasting with Kids When teaching, I once caught a 12-years old with his milk-cup filled with his dads beer. This article isn’t anything like that, luckily. The soultravelers3 (as mentioned earlier) write all about exploring the wine country with your family and letting your kids learn about nature up close and personal. Escape of the Week: Getting Molested at the Mud Volcano Ehm, Dani (from Going Nomadic, on D Travels ‘Round), are you alright hun? Have a read about her experience with a not-so-relaxing mud bath in Colombia.
Global Food Inspiration
There is a lot of tasty food travel going on online, so here is my modest selection of worldly eats for you. Try and bring some of the follow flavours into your home to truly create a travel lifestyle: A Little Food … The Anatomy (and History) of a Delicious Taco Shannon of A Little Adrift breaks away the myth of this popular Mexican dish and her mouth-watering photos have just make me write down we’re eating tacos tonight. Food in Bhutan Beth of Wanderlust and Lipstick brings you a cuisine that is not so well-know: that of Bhutan. Interested what they serve? Have a peek! How To Eat Really Well in Rome (and Avoid the Food Traps) Stephanie from Twenty-Something Travel has decided to stay in Italy for a while. That is good news for us, because now she can write more about some of the best food on this planet. Thanks Steph! Getting fancy with London high tea Chris and Tawny of Captain and Clark always crack me up. So if you want to know about high tea in London from people that a) only have backpacker clothes b) don’t like tea and 3) do an amazing fake-British accent, this is the post for you.