This year, we need you to find the courage and inspiration to travel more. This is why we created The Travel Inspiration Series, where we asked photographers, bloggers and travellers from all around the world, to tell us what motivated them to start their endless adventure.
Grab a cup of tea, sit back, relax and let's get lost in a world full of wanderlust.
Lia from Practical Wanderlust - Travel Inspiration Story
"I’ve always been afflicted with a nagging case of wanderlust. I think it might actually be genetic: my 90 year old grandmother has been in a semi-permanent state of travelling for as long as I can remember! When I met my husband, he had never travelled much - in fact, he’d never left the time zone he was born in. He’d always wanted to travel, but without the means or the experience, he just hadn’t yet. Together we committed to taking regular weekend trips, renting a car and driving up and down California or flying short distances within the US to explore new places together. But we both yearned for a Big Trip: a once in a lifetime, long-term travel adventure.
Logistically, we knew it would have to be soon: before we have kids, a mortgage, a car. We knew that if we didn’t do it we’d grow old together filled with regret for missing the opportunity to travel while we were young. So it was decided: after our wedding, instead of a short honeymoon and a return to reality, we’d quit our jobs, put our belongings in storage, and take off on a year-long honeymoon!
Planning a wedding and a year-long trip simultaneously is the kind of hell I never want to go through again, but it was all worth it. We left in July to backpack through South America for 4 months, then flew to Europe for a few months of backpacking and road tripping. It hasn’t been all perfect - in fact, if we’re being honest, the vast majority of our travels are ridiculous failures - but it’s been an incredible way to spend our first year of marriage!"
Melissa from Thrifty Family Travels - Travel Inspiration Series
"I never travelled as a child, my family wasn’t well off and we barely managed a trip to the local beach. However, when I was 19 years old, my older sister moved interstate and I saved enough money for my first ever flight to visit her. She was at work most days so I explored the city mostly alone.
I loved the challenge of reading a map (no google maps back in those days!), getting lost and feeling completely free. Strangers stopped and spoke to me, we exchanged stories of what we were up too – I never felt so alive, independent and free. I felt like I belonged, even though I have never been there before.
And that was that. I had the travel bug. I then was determined to save enough to travel overseas. I spent most of twenties travelling the world solo. I backpacked doing it as cheaply as possible as I wanted to see as much of the world as I possibly could. I found I loved adventures off the beaten track best. A conservative in my 9-5 life, travelling made me feel adventurous, free, independent, like I could do anything. I loved meeting new people, learning different cultures, different languages, and most important that despite our differences we are all part of the one human race.
I’m now almost 40 years of age, and have my own family. We all love to travel as much as we can. My daughter already has the travel bug, always asking me where and when our next trip is. At the young age of 5 she has already been overseas 7 times, visiting 6 different countries. I love seeing my daughter make friends from around the world, despite not even speaking the same language at times, she never lets this stop her connecting with people.
As I grow older I hope my love of travel never dies and hope that it continues to be something I can share with my family."
Jennifer from My Own True North - Travel Inspiration Story
"I received my first passport at three months of age. A military childhood spent living abroad gave way to young adult settlement into a relationship with a non traveler. I missed feeding my wanderlust, but built my life and looked forward to starting a family. Finding out he was leaving me for another woman by way of him bringing her to our home to introduce her to me was NOT part of my family plan! A friend called off her wedding around the same time and we decided to soothe our hearts and souls with a Cocktail inspired Jamaican getaway on her wedding weekend (1980’s Tom Cruise was dreamy). I don’t know whether I should blame it on the rum in my cokes, Bob Marley blasting 24/7, or the black and yellow sergeant majors teasing me during my first SCUBA dive…. One thing I knew then was “she” could have my home, my money, and “my man,” and in turn, I got the world. I got the better end of that deal! That weekend I repeatedly heard the lyrics, “no woman, no cry,” and “every little thing gonna be all right.” I stopped crying, and everything turned out all right. "
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