We want to help you travel more this year, and that's exactly why we created our Travel Inspiration Series. Here, we bring you stories from travellers, bloggers and photographer who shared with us what motivated them to start an endless adventure.
Grab a cup of tea, sit back, relax and let's get lost in a world full of wanderlust.
Joe from Without a Path - Travel Inspiration Story
"I started traveling in the literal sense of the word over family summer road trips. Basically we'd pick a geographical direction and cover about 12 hours with stops along the way, like obscure minor league baseball games and college campuses. My first not-Canada international trip didn't come until college. I was in my junior year and remembering that my brother had studied abroad in Costa Rica for a semester, so I decided I should do something cool overseas. That ended up being a summer program to Thailand and India. I left that experience bit by the proverbial (and clichéd) travel bug. I grew up in a pretty homogenous suburb, so simply interacting with a foreign culture and talking to people from a vastly different background clicked with me. Over time I became obsessive about meeting people from all over the world and hearing their stories. Now I'm just as obsessive (for better or worse) about sharing those stories. Alexander von Humboldt said, "The most dangerous worldview is the worldview of those who have not viewed the world," and that has become my modus operandi."
Laura from Willful and Wildhearted - Travel Inspiration Story
"I dreamt of traveling the world for a better part of my life, but never had the courage or funds to bring my desires to fruition. It wasn't until my brother died of a heroin overdose in 2012 that I started taking into account that no day is promised - for any of us. I came up with a plan: ended a toxic relationship, became TEFL certified and hopped on a one-way flight to Seoul, South Korea, where I worked as an English instructor for two years. I'm now writing this from my latest base: Auckland, New Zealand.
I found that moving away from everything I knew enabled me to properly grieve and discover a bit about myself in the process. It hasn't always been easy, but I find the trick is to surrender to the flow and be thankful for each day."
Shobha from Just Go Places - Travel Inspiration Story
"I was inspired to travel by watching the BBC Television series, Brideshead Revisited as a teenager. In Brideshead Revisited, I identified with the Charles Ryder character played by Jeremy Irons because he was an outside peeking into a life foreign to him. Ryder also had a doomed love affair, a tormented artistic soul, decadent friends etc. - pretty much catnip to someone stuck a boring American suburb. Of course, the scenes were set in such beautiful destinations as England Venice and Morocco. Then there was the Sebastian character who carried his teddy bear around with him. If only the teenage boys I knew had such sensitivity!
I wound up doing an English and History double major at university. From that Anglophile background, it was a short step to travelling the world and eventually settling in London. I married an Englishman but thankfully I had grown up considerably by then. Carrying a teddy bear and world-weary ennui were no longer traits I was looking for in a partner!"
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