Fearless Wanderlust v.31 – December 2017

December 26, 2017

You can never get enough wanderlust inspiration. The monthly feature Fearless Wanderlust includes recent travel news, articles, and inspiration to encourage you to put more travel adventure in your life! Check out this month’s version.

National Parks Spotlight
I saw two art exhibits featuring the U.S. National Parks recently. Type Hike focuses on typography while The Fifty-Nine Parks Print Series (above) focuses on illustrating the landscape. Both feature beautiful posters that make me want to explore more parks!

Joshua Tree
One of the many national parks on my to-travel list, Joshua Tree is the epitome desert chic. Big cactuses yet there’s something so homey about the place. The Everygirl has a quick guide if you want to visit.

Is Flying Messing With Our Bodies?
There have been a couple of studies and the results are pointing to yes. Most of the changes, like taste or reflexes, are barely noticeable. Many of the studies noted are contradictory to each other, so it sounds like there needs to be more research about the possible long-term effects!

48 Hours in Boston
My travel blogger friend Yulia visited Boston and wrote this post. It reminded me that my 24-hour trip to Boston in my teens was way too short and I need to go eat a Boston Crème Pie.

I didn’t know much about Slovenia until I watched the Chef’s Table episode about Hiša Franko. The episode featured Slovenia’s incredibly beautiful landscape of mountains and lakes. Of course, learning about Ana Roš’s restaurant helped too. The Central European country borders Italy, Austria, Hungary, and Croatia, and these photos on Conde Nast Traveler will make you put it on your travel list too.

The 6 Forgotten Giants
Copenhagen-based artist Thomas Dambo has created six massive giants made from recycled wood and “hidden” them in Copenhagen. These beautiful works of art would be cool to see!

12 Epic Adventures
If you need some travel ideas, here are 12 big adventures you should consider!

Voluntourism is traveling to another country to volunteer. Volunteers argue that they are giving back and providing help to organizations while others argue that it makes foreigners look like heroes and doesn’t really help people. This article provides four questions to ask before you take a voluntourism trip.

Amazing Food Around the World
I would like to think every country has something amazing to offer if you look hard enough. Some countries just have amazing everywhere you look. I’ve pined after a few countries on this list of 10 countries with amazing food and can agree Greece and Spain has a wealth of it. Where else would you recommend?

I’ve started posting about my Belize trip. If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you know I do several posts about a destination to give you all the details. So far, I’ve posted about the resort we stayed at and the food and drinks we enjoyed. I’ve got a few more posts coming up in the new year, including two about outdoor adventures and the ULTIMATE guide of all guides to Belize. Stay tuned!

I know I’ve talked about my desires for a road trip in a van. This New Yorker article talks about how Instagram probably made those desires develop. Van life is still a cool thing to do but I’m also seeing more and more people do it. KUDOS to those adventurers!

Where to Travel in 2018
What are the next big places to travel? This website has its seven picks. I’ve got two of the seven on my 2018 list, Mexico and Malta, and have also considered Bonaire because it’s known for the diving. Where are you traveling in 2018?

Privilege to Travel
When I returned from Belize, a co-worker asked if I had been on vacation and I ended up finding out that she has never heard of Belize. In my assumptions, I would guess that she has not traveled internationally much, especially for leisure, because of cost. When you think about it, much of the world doesn’t see frequent international travel as a necessity or possibility because they’re living day to day. On the other side, think about all the countries that depend on tourism or are even waiting for tourism to come “save” them. There are several different points and discussion topics I just mentioned and we could go on and on about what is best. For me, it all comes down to remembering I’m lucky to have the opportunity to experience travel as I do!

Travel blogger Nomadic Matt recently visited Madagascar, a country with incredible landscape but also severe poverty. Here’s his reflective article about his trip, which echoes the privilege of travel.

Where are you planning to go in 2018?

P.S. As you plan your travels for the next year, don’t forget to stay safe and stay healthy while you travel!

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  • I just saved half the links in this post, lady. Those National Parks prints are *gorgeous* and I want all of them.
    Joshua Tree is one of my most favorite places. It’s like a magical alien land, in the best sort of way.
    I think I’m going to take myself to Boston in March, just maybe, so any advice on that adventure is exactly what I’m looking for right now.

    • I wanted all the National Parks prints! It was hard to choose a favorite, and I loved that the Fifty-Nine Parks series features wildlife in almost all of the posters. There are plenty of historical sites to see in Boston! Gosh, I would eat my fill of seafood there and nerd out on history the rest of the time.

  • If you ever decide you want to go back to Boston for a longer trip, I’d love to join! I’ve never been!