Travel Inspiration

There is a lot to consider between a) deciding you want to travel and b) actually doing it. The main part is – where? Where do you want to go? Is it somewhere local for a weekend getaway, a more extravagant week away on another continent or a full-on five month trek through several countries? Things like budget, time constraints, weather, travel buddies, holiday preferences etc all help you make that decision but for this post I just want to talk about inspiration for destination.

First a quick paragraph on what gets me excited to travel in the first place. Apart from just feeling like I need a vacation, or I’m visiting friends/family, there are certain things that trigger my ‘wanderlust’. Watching Forrest Gump always gets me in the mood to plan trips. I remember once watching it and the next day I booked a trip to Austria and Hungary. In particular it’s the scene when he’s out running and you see the sunsets, lakes and stunning scenery. Another thing is reading The Little Prince as I relate to it a lot and always want to go on an adventure. The last ‘trigger’ is games (which I know is a weird one). I’ll be playing Ticket to Ride and see the different train routes and then end up in this mind-loop of how much fun it would be to actually be on a train right now – I know I’m crazy.

Ok so on to inspiration! First up is magazines and I read these constantly. I tend to have a few subscriptions going at once and whenever I’m in a supermarket I’ll normally pick one up. I like the ease of a magazine for carrying around, and the non-commitment compared to a book. My top travel magazines are AFAR, Conde Nast Traveler, National Geographic and The Travel Almanac. You’ll also find specific travel pieces in magazines like GQ, Cosmo, Wired and other lifestyle. Whenever I’m on a plane I’ll normally browse the Skymall or High Life, and if I’m at an airport I’ll pick up the destination brochure and check it out. I rarely read a magazine thinking ‘yes it is going to give me an awesome destination’, it’s more I’m reading it for enjoyment and then maybe something catches my eye and I’ll make a note.

Blogs, vlogs and social media are meccas for unlimited travel motivation. I think most of the time I’ll be scrolling on Tumblr or Instagram and see somewhere that looks really stunning or fascinating. Then I’ll end up in a web loop constantly searching that place and seeing if it’s plausible to go. I get jealous easily and so if I see someone having fun, I’ll want that.

Alongside the internet, more traditional media is always a staple. Listening to songs can sometimes get me going. After hearing Hilary Duff – Wake Up, I had New York, London, Paris and Tokyo stuck in my head. That doesn’t mean I then decided to up and go there but it was caught in my subconscious (and ironically I’ve now been to them all). Movies are also great, you might be watching something and the location intrigues you. Some movies are partially made as an advert for tourism – look at Frozen and Scandinavia or Lord of the Rings and New Zealand. Hollywood can cause tourism booms.

This one is a little weird but I like to look at atlases and children’s books. This Is The World is a collection of most of Miroslav Sasek’s stories. The illustrations are classic and it pretty much works as an encyclopedia (for tiny kids). Maps by Daniel and Aleksandra Mizielinska goes indepth of certain countries and includes historical, cultural and misc facts about the place. I like the variety inside it and finding out things like the most popular boys name or the most famous fictional character in that country. The pictures just make it all that much more exciting for me and it’s nice to flip through on a blustery day (how poetic). The last book featured here isn’t for children but I think stays in the same realm of ‘general travel’. The New York Times has many of these weekendesque books that feature itineraries. It is very detailed and informative and worth a flip through if you’re looking for something more specific.

Word of mouth or ‘eye of photo’ (is that a thing?) are also an option. When you see someone upload their holiday snaps on Facebook and you think ‘damn that looks fantastic’. That has definitely happened to me a few times and then I just get frustrated they didn’t invite me haha. It’s not always a bad thing though as you can ask them for recommendations and make your trips ten times better!

Hopefully this inspired you a little bit and you now have the travel bug. I think these are greats ways to figure out destinations, and then it just really depends on budget, time and practicality. If you have the destination set and are looking for help planning your itinerary, check out this post I did last month!


Nicosia - Borders & Mosques

Day Out - Aphrodite's Rock

Paphos - Castle & Sights

Day Out - Cinque Terre

Florence - Duomo & David

Day Out - Leaning Tower of Pisa

Day Out - Mayfield Lavender Farm

Taipei - Jiufen and Yehliu GeoPark

Taipei - 101

Yangshou - Li River

Day Out - Longji Rice Terraces

Guilin - Sun & Moon Pagodas

Shanghai - Bund and Temples

Xi'an - Terracotta Army

Day Out - Great Wall of China

Beijing - Temple of Heaven

Beijing - Tiananmen and Forbidden City

Helsinki - Seurasaari

Helsinki - Cathedral & Suomenlinna

Day Out - Lantern Festival London

Vatican City - Peter and the Pope

Day Out - Pompeii

Rome 2 - Colosseum and Forum

Rome - Food, Trevi and Pantheon

Madrid - Bear and Tree

Hotel One Shot Prado 23 Review

AVE Renfe Train Review

Day Out - La Tomatina

Valencia - Aquarium & Gulliver

Air Europa Review

Adventure - Scandinavia 2016

Bergen - Boats and Fish

FlΓ₯m - Hikes and Views

Oslo - Vikings and Ships

Oslo - Vigeland and Ski Jump

Stockholm - Abba & Meatballs

Copenhagen - Land

Copenhagen - Water

Day Out - Frederiksborg Castle

Adventure - Israel 2016

Jerusalem - Places to eat and drink!

Jerusalem - Old City

Jerusalem - Museums and Markets

Day Out - Makhtesh Ramon

Tel Aviv - Places to eat and drink!

Tel Aviv - Outside the city

Tel Aviv - In the city

Day Out - Caesarea

Haifa - Places to eat and drink!

Haifa - Wadi Nisnas & Mount Carmel

Haifa - Bahai Gardens

Day in the Life - Tel Aviv

Day Out - Horashim Forest

#13 - Israel

Barcelona #2 - Montjuic & Barri Gotic

Barcelona #1 - Gaudi

Bristol - Things to eat and drink!

Bristol - Things to do and see!

Day Out - Sherwood Forest

#12 - Xmas

Day Out - Winterville London

Zurich - Outside the city

Zurich - In the city

Day Out - Harry Potter Studio Tour

Adventure - Japan 2015

Tokyo 2

Nara & Hiroshima



Kyoto 2


Tokyo & DisneySea


Boston Islands - What to see and do!

Boston - What to eat and drink!

Boston - What to see and do!

Seattle - What to see and do!

Adventure - British Columbia 2015

British Columbia 3 - Victoria

British Columbia 2 - Vancouver

British Columbia 1 - Whistler

Adventure - Alaska 2015

Juneau - Outside the city

Juneau - In the city

Whittier - Glaciers, Bears & Whales

Anchorage - Outside the city

Anchorage - In the city

Denali - ATVs, Huskies and a Moose

Louisville - What to see and do!

Little Rock - What to see and do!

Oklahoma City - What to see and do!

Kansas City - What to see and do!

St. Louis - What to see and do!

Memphis - What to see and do!

Great Smoky Mountains #2 - Hike and Fog

Great Smoky Mountains #1 - Bears & Dixie Stampede

Lake Erie Roadtrip #2 - Cleveland, Xmas and Rock & Roll

Lake Erie Roadtrip #1 - Toronto to Detroit

Fargo - What to see and do!

Reykjavik - Outside the city

Reykjavik - In the city

NYC Winter #2 - Markets, Lights and Trees

NYC Winter #1 - The Christmas Cluster

Day Out - The First Thanksgiving

New Orleans - What to see and do!

Montreal - Food Walking Tour

Montreal - Dos and Don'ts

Austin - What to eat and drink!

Austin - What to see and do!

Ghent in a day

Bruges in a day

Brussels in a day

Lisbon Day #3 - Tiles and Trams

Lisbon Day #2 - We Hate Tourism and Sintra

Lisbon Day #1 - Parque das Naçáes

Mountain Roadtrip #6 - Potatoes, Temple and Pride

Mountain Roadtrip #5 - Deer, Lakes and Cowboys

Mountain Roadtrip #4 - Yellowstone

Mountain Roadtrip #3 - Dudes, Spirits and Towers

Mountain Roadtrip #2 - Storms, Bison and Mount Rushmore

Mountain Roadtrip #1 - Denver, Snow and Red Rocks

Baltimore - Crabs, Old Bay and Beer

Las Vegas #2 - The Strip

Las Vegas #1 - Neon Museum, Hoover Dam & Fremont St

Day Out - Santacon NYC 2013

Balloon Roadtrip #4 - Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta 2013

Balloon Roadtrip #3 - Albuquerque

Balloon Roadtrip #2 - Flagstaff to Farmington

Balloon Roadtrip #1 - LA to Flagstaff