5 Things that Give Me Travel Inspiration

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.

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Tales of the Traveling Hats

My days as a costumer may be over, but one thing from my past career still matters to me: What’s on my head. I’m not necessarily talking about my hair. On National Hat Day, what’s on my mind is the art and craft of millinery. Why hatmaking? For me, hats provide a sense of nostalgia and a chance to travel back to years gone by. Seeing Kate Middleton with a fascinator or Audrey Hepburn’s wide-brimmed hat in Breakfast at Tiffany‘s instills a sense of romanticism in me. The more I travel, the more I find myself looking for hats. Where exactly have I discovered these sophisticated and whimsical accessories? Follow me as I journey back through former travels and see where I’ve found and worn hats!

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Day and Night in Tucson, Arizona

When I first made plans with my friend Cameron to visit our friend Katie and her husband (also named Cameron) in Tucson, Arizona, I wasn’t sure I would be thrilled to visit the desert. I was looking forward to being somewhere with milder climates in December, but I wasn’t sure what Tucson would look like. Would it be dry and empty with a few cacti here and there like they depict in cartoons? My road trip along Route 66 last year gave me the impression that it would be like Utah, but much drier and more vacant. However, to my surprise, Tucson was not what I expected. There is no doubt in my mind that Tucson is very hot in the summertime, but it is also something else: green, artistic, and full of culture. Whether we were exploring Tucson in the day or wandering around at night, I found plenty that made me think I had found a small treasure in the dry, rugged desert. Continue Reading ›

Giving Thanks Around the World

It’s time to pass the turkey, devour pecan pie (or pumpkin if you prefer), and pile on the mashed potatoes! While I don’t agree with how Native Americans have been treated over the years, I do like Thanksgiving for being a day of gratitude, and it’s not just the food that interests me. While Thanksgiving is traditionally seen as a specific piece of American history, America isn’t the only country that sets aside time to express thanks. To see how a few other places show appreciation, keep reading! Continue Reading ›

Halloween Around the World

All holidays have certain implications, and Halloween is no exception. Most people think of costumes, parties, Trick or Treat, or tales of spooky hauntings. My memories of Halloween are usually centered around being bundled up as I ran around the neighborhood with my friend dressed as Tinkerbell. After a night full of candy gathering, I returned home and ate candy with my sister until we couldn’t fit anymore into our stomachs while we watched scary movies or ready spooky stories late into the night. Celebrating Halloween means there is always an aspect of fun attached, and as I’ve found fun is no exception in other countries. To see what I mean, here’s how a few other countries enjoy this evening in honor of the dead: Continue Reading ›