I may not be traveling much these days (until I graduate), but I always find time for inspiration even when I’m not on the road. While most people find inspiration through platforms like Pinterest or Instagram, I look elsewhere. In fact, I rarely go online to get the travel bug. Where exactly am I looking for inspiration? I’m not necessarily talking about a where since I don’t have to even leave home to get the urge to travel. There are many items throughout my home, specifically in my bookshelves and the kitchen. If you’re looking for travel inspiration that isn’t online, consider a few of these items that help my own imagination soar.
Under the Tuscan Sun
While watching Under the Tuscan Sun does require a screen, what it doesn’t necessarily require is the computer. Every time I pop this movie into the DVD player, I immediately get the urgency to not only go somewhere but also take a journey. When the main character, Frances, travels to Tuscany and moves there, she learns that the destination isn’t always the most important part. In fact, she finds the journey to get somewhere and having a little faith will get you what you always dreamed of, even if you think it’s too late. Things often happen when you aren’t thinking about them, and that’s the beauty of travel captured in this film.
Olivia goes to Venice
Just about any book by Bill Bryson makes me want to travel again, but he isn’t the only author who has me eager to get on the road. Ian Falconer’s Olivia goes to Venice has me ready to head out on an excursion. Olivia, an illustrated pig, has a vivid imagination and spirited sense of adventure that always reminds me to not be afraid to move forward with confidence and the openness to explore. The colorful illustrations of this book take me back to my visit in Venice years ago, and have me thinking it’s time to get my travel shoes on for a visit across the world.
This painting isn’t famous, and it doesn’t have a title, but it means a great deal to me. During a visit to Xian, a local artist painted art for all of my family members. The artist painted a very specific one for me with the sea in the background. It reflects how I am often deep in thought, and perhaps the best cure is for me to trust myself and not worry about the water splashing around me. It’s a reminder I keep in my back pocket when I’m about to make a decision or embarking on my next travel.
Podcasts have become an obsession for me lately, and I’m glad to see there isn’t any shortage of them when it comes to travel. Recently, I’ve been tuning into Women Who Travel and The Budget-Minded Traveler. I’m still new to these podcasts, but I’m enjoying all of the topics ranging from traveling as a Mother to how you can afford travel with very little income. Each time I tune in, I’m ready to start packing and organizing my travel cubes for my next international adventure.
Having something like tea on my list probably doesn’t sound much like inspiration, does it? For some reason, the aroma of a hot fresh cup of tea takes me back to many places including Colorado, China, and England. You may choose a different food or beverage to take you to another location, but for me, the aroma of tea has me ready to book a flight to taste other flavors in the world.
As you can see, my list of travel inspiration varies and does not require you to start up your computer or pull out your iPad. Instead, I’ve found numerous offline ways to take my imagination around the world. Perhaps your own imagination is the best form of travel there is.
What inspires you to travel? What has you ready to book your next adventure?