Wanderlust? Actually Planning a Trip Once You Have an Idea

I spend a seriously alarming amount of time daydreaming about places I want to go and things I want to do. Like for real – I should spend a lot more time focused on finishing my last semester of school or working. Its not like I regret it – I have just realize how much time I have been spending planning trips way wayyyy into the future. Continue reading

Europe – 3rd Time is a Charm

I am in the midst of planning another trip to my favorite continent – Europe. For those of you who are curious, my first trip to Europewas exploring different parts of Italy. This included Milan, Venice (one of my favorite cities), Ravenna, Florence, Pisa, Cinque Terre, The Vatican, and Rome, as well as a brief stay in London, England. This was such an eye opening and beautiful experience, I needed to go back. I partially attribute this to throwing a coin the the Trevi Fountain in Rome. They say if you throw a coin in and wish to go back, you will.
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Photo: Cinque Terre – travelwanderexplore.com

Since I knew I needed to return – I booked another trip over! Although it was several years later – the thrill instantly returned. My next trip was a solo trip. I was scared, anxious, excited, and simply teeming with energy as I boarded the plane from Canada. Little fact about me – I love planes, airports, packing – anything to do with travel! During this trip I expanded my comfort zone a bit andย travelled to several areas. Continue reading

Andorra – Europe’s Tiny Mountain Country

Now, when I was first planning my last trip to Europe about a year ago, I had never even heard of Andorra. But, with all the map searching and route planning I did, I “discovered” this tiny country nestled in the border between France and Spain. Located in the Pyrenees Mountains, this country Andorra is easy to miss if you don’t know it is there.I am not much of a shopper, but if you like to shop you will love Andorra. The country is a hub for ‘duty free’ shopping and boasts cheap prices and a ton of options.

Since I have a love for tiny countries (like Vatican City!) I knew I had to make a stop in Andorra. I am glad I did. Aside from the touristy shopping and markets which there are tons of, Andorra has some beautiful scenery. Take a walk in the foothills, or ride the ferris wheel in Andorra la Vella (the main city in Andorra) for some amazing picture – esque beauty. My favourite thing to do was just hike around the hills and take pictures of the tiny city surrounded be mountains. Andorra can be a day trip from Barcelona, Spain so if you are in the area, make sure to take a day to explore this awesome country (that sounds funny to say that you can explore a whole country in a day!). The drive up to Andorra is also beautiful and you can stop in Girona or Baja, Spain for some beautiful architecture and authentic more small town experiences with the locals.ย 

Seriously, if you are planning a trip to Southern France or Northern Spain you HAVE to go to Andorra. Even if you are traveling through this area, it makes a nice stop to take a break from travelling!

Happy Travels ๐Ÿ™‚

Packing for Camping/Backpacking

Hey everyone! Today’s post is all about camping. I am planning to do a road trip along the West Coast of the states this June. The trip will last about a month and we will be camping and hiking most days. There are a couple of times that we (my boyfriend & I) will be staying in a hotel, for example when we are in Vegas, but for the most part we will be camping.

First I will make a list of some supplies you will need for camping. Continue reading

Greece!

This past summer (2014) I travelled to Greece. I originally did not plan to go to Greece I just bought the ticket last minute. I knew I would be going to Europe so it worked out pretty well! I am so glad I decided to go to Greece! It was amazing. The first day I was there, actually within minutes of getting off the bus from the airport in Athens, I was lost. I have absolutely no clue how the Greek language works! So after several attempts to ask for directions, I ended up walking to my hostel and almost passing it! I just happened to stop and tie my shoe and I looked over and saw it. Had this not happened I would have definitely kept walking! It was so hot and humid outside so I was glad to get inside. Also the hostel I was in had a patio area with one of those water mister things.That was a life saver! the entire time I was in Athens it was above 40 degrees Celsius!

I absolutely love seeing different places and learning about the history behind such beauty. Greece is a great place to see ruins and beautiful architecture. One of my favourite places was the Acropolis. The Acropolis is a hill that sticks out of Athens. On top of that hill is the famous Parthenon and other temples and ruins. It is simply stunning, and with a beautiful view to match, if ruins and buildings aren’t your thing.

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Even the water was warm! I am a baby for cold weather and cold water, and I never had to worry about that once in Greece. When I returned to Spain after visiting Greece I was actually thankful that Spain was cooler. Keep in mind this was in August, so it was still pretty hot ๐Ÿ™‚

This is just a quick post, I will have more details about Greece soon!

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Why Travel?

Travelling is a passion of mine, a true way to see and learn about the world we live in. Not everyone sees travel in the same light. I know myself & many of my friends have had experiences with people who encourage or discourage travelling. Parents and other adult influences can really make or break your travelling experiences. If the people in your life do not support your choice to travel, it can be harder to accomplish your dreams. A supportive environment really does benefit everyone involved.

One reason many people condemn travel is because it costs money. Yes, travelling can be expensive. But if people can justify paying thousands of dollars for a TV or computer, why can’t they see the value in travelling? Research is important when it comes to travelling. Budgeting is important when it comes to travelling. These and other things are often what we are taught in school. Travelling, however, allows us to learn and expand our world view in a more engaging way than sitting in a classroom. Money will always be a part of travel, but isn’t it worth it to gain the amazing experience of travelling?

One of the best times to travel is when you are young. It does’t matter how you define young. It is easier (and cheaper) to travel when you don’t have kids or long term careers to anchor you. This is another reason why travelling can be judged. People who have made these commitments may look at travellers and think we are uncommitted, or running from responsibilities. To be honest, for some people this is true and that is FINE. Good for them for discovering who they are and seeing how other people live before they decide to settle down. People can travel their entire lives and be happy. People can also live their whole lives and never think about how other people do things. Travelling really offers you an opportunity to open your mind, and find what you believe in.

I will always be someone who supports travelling. To me it just makes sense. Not every one I know agrees with me, but that is okay. One thing that I really want to make a point of is that if you travel with an open mind, you will meet other people doing the same. You will meet tons of people who love to travel, wander, and explore ๐Ÿ™‚

I wrote this post mostly for me, this is a good place to keep track of my thoughts. I will always love travel, some people will never even try it. Differences between people keep life interesting, so I am grateful for these. And what is a better way to explore these differences than travelling? ๐Ÿ™‚

Happy Travels

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Alaska

I just thought I would post this sunrise picture! I love sunrises and this particular picture was taken very early in the morning (or late in the night) off the coast of Alaska. Alaska may sound like a daunting place to travel, but I travelled to Alaska in the summer and the weather was beautiful! I even went snorkelling ๐Ÿ™‚

A beautiful sunrise (at three in the morning!) off the coast of Alaska. I would go back here in a heartbeat.

A beautiful sunrise (at three in the morning!) off the coast of Alaska. I would go back here in a heartbeat!