My Favorite Travel Blogs

Top Ten Tuesday, as  always, is hosted at my other blog — The Broke & the Bookish

This week’s topic: Top Ten Favorite Travel Blogs

 

If I’m honest, I follow way more travel blogs than I do book blogs. I’ve followed some of these travel blogs since before I even started blogging myself in 2010. The travel blog section in my Feedly is definitely the place I go first and I’ve found that my favorite travel blogs are the ones that give the location reviews, tips and the pretty photos but also talk about travel (and their lives) in a personal way, the ones that feel like I know them, the introspective and honest ones and the ones you can tell care about their integrity when accepting the sponsored posts and the free press trips. Some of them share other interests — books and fashion and more so I always love catching up on that stuff, too. I’ve followed some of these for many years and some of these are newer in the past couple years (especially after some of my favorite travel bloggers from years ago stopped posting — I had a need to find more!!).

 

The ones I’ve been following for many years:

 

1. Young Adventuress

honest travel blogs to follow

2. Alex in Wanderland

travel blog

3. Free Candie (formerly known as Candice Does the World):

travel blogs to follow

4. C’est Christine

travel blogs to follow

5.  Twenty Something Travel (though she’s not in her 20’s anymore…have loved “growing up” with her)

20 something travel blogs

6. Adventurous Kate

travel blogs to follow

My new favorites I’ve found in the past year or so:

 

7.  Global Gal

global travel blog

8.  Oneika the Traveler

travel blog written by a POC

9.  World Of Wanderlust

travel blogs to follow

10. This Battered Suitcase

best travel blogs

 

 

Latest Find: Wide Sea, No Anchor — I juuuust found this blog recently and I am always DROOLING over the photography and how she captures these destinations.

 

So tell me…are there any travel blogs you think I should be reading that I might not be??

Retail Therapy: The Travel Edition

Perfect gifts for travellers

 

Oh man…it’s been like a mega long time since I did one of these posts (the last one was my droolworthy Throne of Glass series edition back in the fall).

I figured it might be fun, since I’m currently on vacation, to share with you some of the wanderlust-inspired things that are currently sitting on my wishlist on Etsy and elsewhere.

 

I have a TON of wall hangings and stuff on my wishlist (as if I have THAT may walls), travel inspired and bookish alike, so I know it would be hard for me to choose but these are the travel-themed ones that have been sitting in my Coveting Like Woah wishlist on Etsy for a while.

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From Paintspiration — find it here!

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And I’m Off….

Today is the day….Will and I are heading off to London for a week and then Madrid for a week to stay with our friends who moved there this past summer. I’m sad to leave Finn (like I’ve cried about it multiple times already) and I am dreading a couple hours from now when I have to take him to the boarding place (it’s where he was rescued and they are awesome and he will have fun at the indoor dog park) because I know I’m going to cry when I have to leave him. That probably sounds dumb but I actually don’t care…I love my buddy and I worry he will think we’ve left him like whoever dumped him before.

I’m excited to return to London and figured it would be fun to do a little #throwbackthursday  (a day late but I *started* most of this post on Thursday sooo?) and share some pics from my first trip to London in 2007.

 

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Book Talk: Wish You Were Italian by Kristin Rae

Book Talk: Wish You Were Italian by Kristin RaeWish You Were Italian by Kristin Rae
Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens on May 2014
Genres: Contemporary YA
Format: ARC
Source: For Review
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Goodreads

I received this book for review consideration from the publisher. This in no way swayed my opinion of the book. Pinky swear!

 

Want an “at a glance” look at what I thought? Check out my Review On A Post-It or my “Final Thought”

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Pippa is off to Italy for the summer except she’s not at all excited that she’s being forced to go to this art program by her parents. When she finds herself ALONE and in ROME she embraces spontaneity and decides to spend her summer in Italy but NOT how her parents are expecting her to.  She ditches the art program and decides to travel on her which opens her up to new friends, some cute boys and incredible memories.

a2GET ME BACK TO ITALY, PRONTO!

a4What a cute, adventure-filled romance! It was a really good summer read that simultaneously cured and riled up the travel bug in me. I enjoyed and breezed right through it and really enjoyed Pippa’s full story — her relationship with her mom and grandma, the romance, her adventure and seeing the world through new eyes.

Here are the highlights for me:

1. The travel descriptions absolutely transported me: Seriously, Kristin Rae nailed the Italian setting and just completely immersing you in this adventure as a reader. I hated when I had to put it down and be reminded that OH WAIT I’M JUST HERE ON MY COUCH instead of eating gelato (True story: the main character went to the same gelato shop I ate at) or staring at the Coliseum all wide-eyed because of how her descriptions just invited all your senses to just plop right into the story and experience it all alongside Pippa.  The descriptions were just really fantastic and were exactly like what I NEED in a good travel-y novel to satiate my wanderlust temporarily and then make me start fake planning trips immediately after. (Seriously, Will was so irritated with how much my wanderlust HOWLED during and in the days after reading this one). I loved revisiting Rome and seeing more of Italy through this book.

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2. What a sweet romantic hook: I always dreamed of being swept off my feet but some hot Italian when I went  to Italy. (It would only ever be a dream because I had just started dating Will haha). So I completely understood where Pippa was coming from in making “fall in love an Italian” one of the things on her list. Oh and then there’s a charming American boy too! I wouldn’t say there is a love triangle really. I mean, she has feelings for both guys and entertains both ideas but her feelings all make sense to me honestly. I loved watching her try to figure out her feelings for both guys — one who is sexy and more exciting and the other the sweetest guy ever. I liked them both as people but there was only ONE in my mind. But the swoonworthy moments just absolutely made me melt. I CAN’T EVEN TELL YOU. Especially the end.

3. I loved the premise and how Pippa really did embrace this opportunity: I thought it was a fun premise that the main character would be sent to Italy for an art program that she had no interest in and then she decides to do what SHE wants to. At first I’m like, CHILD THIS IS DANGEROUS but then I saw Pippa has a good head on her shoulder and makes sure somebody knows where she is. I know I learned a lot about myself through travel and I enjoyed Pippa start to, from the moment she chose to say yes to this adventure, to really start to see herself, her parents and the world through new eyes. This is the element that made it more than just a cute romance and I enjoyed this self-discovery and seeing how her perspectives shifted and changed in certain areas.

And now I’ll share some pictures of little College Jamie in Italy!

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207189_503020836752_6364_nSeriously, I wanted to faint when I saw the Colosseum. History made my bones just giddy.

a6RATING-reallyliked

factors+ the fun, the romance, the travel
Nothing really.

Re-readability: Possibly but um can this be a movie?? I’d watch it!
Would I buy a copy for my collection? I’m split. I want one just because what if I need an immediate armchair adventure to Italy but I’m picky about what stays on my shelves. Has to be a favorite or I know for sure I would reread it (and I don’t re-read a TON). I would, however, purchase it for a friend if I knew they dug travel-y YA novels.

a5People who like light and fun contemporary YA with substance, people who want fun travel novels, lovers of cute romances

a8Wish You Were Italian was a charming armchair adventure through Italy complete with a side of heart-melting romance and self discovery! It was a great story as a whole and the vivid descriptions just completely transported you to the point where you might start to question yourself if you were really there or not. My heart felt as light as cotton candy while reading this one (except for the one part that made me CRY) while also wrestling with some of the things Pippa was struggling with — her parents, knowing what she wanted, etc. Perfect read in the summertime but also a great way to battle winter blue’s I’d imagine.

 

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a8j* Have you read this one? What did you think? Similar or different from me? I would LOVE to hear regardless!
* If you haven’t read it, is it something on your radar or that you think you will read?
* What are some other books that make you all wanderlust-y??

 


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