Wanderlust…

by Tania Ginoza on December 27, 2012 · 18 comments

I’ve been bitten by the wanderlust bug…

thisismykea worldmap

At the beginning of 2012, I made the decision to remain on Maui for the entire year as I had overspent on traveling and moving costs in 2010/2011. I kept that promise, taking just one weekend jaunt to Kauai as a guest of my boyfriend. As we approach the end of the year, I’m feeling the urge to leave on a jet plane.  

thisismykea map stickers2013 will bring a week long trip to Oahu to visit my sister, wander museums and eat ono Japanese cuisine. I may hop over to the mainland too but I’m still undecided as to where and when. Beyond 2013, I dream of one day having the flexibility to take a longer trip or two to somewhere that scares me, a place I couldn’t imagine myself living until now. Rather than speeding through as a tourist, I’d like to live as a resident does for at least a month, in a city or country that takes me out of my comfort zone. Some of the places I’d love to immerse myself are Italy or Australia. I also dream of places in the US, New York City or even Seattle/San Juan Islands.

Do you have wanderlust? Here’s a few of my recommendations to fuel that fire right here at home:

Jen of JenKakio is a spirited blogger in Honolulu who writes about entertainment, food and her travels through Europe.

Holly Becker is an American design blogger and author who lives in Germany. You can visit her blog about her expat life, Haus Maus, or her popular design blog, Decor8. One of the reasons I was drawn to Holly’s blog years ago is her different perspective and original content on design and interiors due to the influence of her life in Europe.

Jodi of Legal Nomads is a former NYC attorney who now travels the world writing, taking gorgeous photos and eating. Her blog is mouth watering and envy inducing in so many ways.

Gabrielle Blair of Design Mom is a designer and mother of six living in a farmhouse in the French Countryside. Like Holly, her site is design focused and isn’t a travel blog. However, she also has a different perspective and features artisans and designers I wouldn’t normally be exposed to and she also posts lovely shots of French architecture and her family outings.

Natalie Sisson, The Suitcase Entrepreneur, interviews life travelers in her podcast. Both Natalie and her interview subjects live a lifestyle of travel and earn their keep with a business or occupation they can do from anywhere with an internet connection.

Gogobot is a social media app where you can snap shots and frame as postcards to share with your community. You can also plan your activities and dining for trips and read or write reviews.

What are your favorite wanderlust picks and dreams?

The World Map and mark the spot stickers from Mykea pictured above will add a bold graphic to your wall and provide a place to plot out memories or plan future travel.  Images via Mykea.

 

{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

Angelia Sims December 27, 2012

I have wanderlust sooo bad. I want to go everywhere. Maui is on the list, as is Seattle, Vancouver, Boston, and Italy. :-)

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Tania December 27, 2012

I would love it if you came to Maui Ang.

I’ve been to Toronto but not Vancouver. Haven’t been to Italy either even though I worked for an Italian company for many years. I went to Boston twenty years ago when I was in college. My favorite part of that trip was actually Amherst (Emily Dickinson’s house is there).

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Elinor Gawel (Eli) December 27, 2012

I am, to many, a seasoned traveler. I’ve been to 5 continents and have traveled by most motorized conveyances and sailboat. My wanderlust is a little less than it used to be but when opportunities present themselves I usually leap. I have a few trips fairly high on my list left though. A longer stay is really nice. I like 6 months to a year. Maybe you should look for an “adventure job”. Are there traveling accountants? You could teach English in Japan.

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Tania December 27, 2012

Japan used to be the place I wanted to visit the most but I think now I might choose somewhere else. I had always suspected you’ve traveled a lot Eli. It shows in the open minded way you view the world.

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Elinor Gawel (Eli) December 29, 2012

Look at my photos of Japan on my FB page. I need to add a ton more but …. It might inspire you. It is one of my favorite trips. I also love a trip I took to Normandy, France. I think my open mindedness is why I travel rather than the other way around. It is kind of circular though. My dad was very open minded and growing up in New york certainly helped. Every time I went to the city it was an adventure. And that was often.

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Tania Ginoza December 31, 2012

Oh, I’ll take. Japan was my #1 for many years largely due to my heritage and because I just love anything Japanese, always have. I’m so attracted to Europe too because of the old world architecture and art.

I definitely think the open mind comes first for many right? I’ve met many people who moved to Hawaii temporarily for work, military, etc and the ones who were a bit less open minded about trying new foods and learning about the different cultures here HATED it. Travel is much more fun when you’re open. I felt very proud of myself when my peers at our Hong Kong office praised me for not turning up my nose at some of their delicacies.

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Sarah P December 27, 2012

Wanderlust used to seem weird to me because I traveled constantly for work and when I had downtime, the last thing I wanted was to be on a plane. Now that I’m not flying for work, though, I have been itching to hop a plane to pretty much anywhere in Asia. My hubs has been to Japan, Korea and Thailand since we’ve been in Hawaii, but I can’t join his work trips :(. I have been lucky enough to spend a month in France every year for the past few years and definitely recommend that amount of time – I’m usually speaking good French by the time we leave!

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Tania December 27, 2012

I can relate completely. I used to travel constantly for work. As an auditor, there were some years I was gone >50% of the weeks to neighbor islands, San Jose (dot com bubble), San Fran, NYC and Connecticut. At Prada, I went to HK about ten times. I used to be like George Clooney’s character in the Up in the Air film (not the firing people part but the efficient traveler, bag always packed and ready to go part). I do think all those years of traveling did affect me and made me more of a homebody when it came time for a vacation.

Now that I don’t travel for work, my perspective has changed and I do wish I had experienced more during my business travel. But at the same time, there was really no time to do so either. France sounds wonderful!

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Laurie December 27, 2012

I also have a real urge to travel, mostly for my love of photography. I recently booked a trip with my niece to go to Ireland on a tour in March! I am so excited. So many places in the states I would love to visit. You are always welcome to one visit us in Phoenix!

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Tania December 27, 2012

I’ve been to Arizona just once Laurie but was at the tennis courts almost the entire time. It would be fun to visit (or meet up in another state!). I can’t wait to follow along when you go to Ireland. I’d be excited too.

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Melanie December 27, 2012

I’ve watched WAY too much House Hunters International and would love to spend a month in Italy. Like you, I have a craving to spend a month or more in a location. Thanks for the blog suggestions– I’m always looking for virtual travel adventure!

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Tania December 27, 2012

I don’t care much for the US House Hunters but love the international versions, especially the ones in the European countries.

I don’t read many blogs that are focused just on travel experiences but I am a sucker for design blogs written either by expats or locals of other countries. I enjoy seeing the country from the point of view of someone who is sharing their interests and daily life in Europe, Australia and Asia.

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Jen December 27, 2012

Whoa…I was not expecting to see my name on this list! Thank you so much. You are too kind.

I know what you mean about “itching to get off this rock”. I mean, it’s home…yes. Paradise…not always. It’s home and home is not a vacation, even if it is in “paradise”. Now that Hawaiian Air has all these flights, I find the tickets are getting much cheaper. The only reason why I’m able to go to NYC is because of Hawaiian Air’s cheap ticket prices. You should go! Don’t think and go! We are getting older (we may not look like we are getting older) and there is no room for “later”. You can’t just say, “I’ll go there later.” Later is now! Go girl!

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Tania December 27, 2012

Aww Jen, at the risk of sounding old, I love reading about people your age taking the opportunity to travel to other countries. I wish I had that foresight and interest when I was your age. I don’t think you will ever regret your decision to experience all those countries. I loved reading about your travels and seeing your images.

I went to NYC in 2010 and spent like $6K! That trip was part of the pull back decision this year. But I also bought things I really didn’t need like a Valentino bag and a McQueen scarf. My most used item from that trip is neither of those though, it’s the $20 straw fedora I bought from a street vendor :-) The next time I go I don’t think I even want to shop quite as much except for NYC designed/handmade items (I really loved Brooklyn’s shops). I’d like my next trip to be more about art, history and flea markets. The food experience was really wonderful. Do you want me to send you a list of the places we ate at? Two of my friends that were on the trip with me had both lived in NYC so I felt like we had such a different experience with dining than I would’ve had on my own. At least once a month I crave this Cuban place that we went to!

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Jen December 27, 2012

Yes, please!!!! That would be great, but take your time. I won’t be leaving until may.

Btw, I’m on the third book, fifty shades freed. I have sooooo much to say! I want to hear you input on my blog. We’ll see.

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lisacng @ expandng.com December 28, 2012

I love that gigantic map with stickers! If not for planning travel, maybe brushing up on my horrible geography ;). I think if you have the time and resources, living somewhere outside your comfort zone is a great idea! Immersing yourself in the culture and not just being a tourist! I lived in Taipei for 2 years after college graduation, and it changed my life. I have different perspectives on everything and I really felt like I grew up a lot during those 2 years. Anyways, hoping you can experience that too!!!

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lisacng @ expandng.com December 28, 2012

PS I don’t think about traveling as much anymore because of the cost and logistics of bringing a 2 year old, and what to do with our dogs. Nevertheless, I do still want to visit Hong Kong and Taiwan with J one day. I know there are families out there that travel with small children all the time, it’s just what they do. But that’s just not for us right now :).

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Tania December 28, 2012

I listened to one podcast where a husband and wife had lived in all these different countries. They continued to travel after they had kids but she did mention they had to extend their stay to a minimum of one year in any place and limit driving trips to neighboring countries.

I love the map decal too! I find I started to enjoy appreciate map art and globes much more this year. So great you spent time in Taipei. I regret not going on exchange during school and going somewhere after graduation. At the time it just seemed so important to interview and starting working at a big firm right away while all the recruitors still knew me from school. Only when you get older do you realize that was the best time in life to take off.

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