Traveling is my absolute favorite thing about my life. I love to travel - the adrenaline rush of visiting a new place gives me a feeling of awe that I just can't explain. But even the most wanderlust-crazed people like me get the travel slumps. As it stands right now, it's been a couple of years since I've left the country; that's a huge bummer for someone who hits their highest highs while on an international adventure. Between college graduation and pursuing a full-time job, there hasn't been much time for me to travel.
Even without endless opportunities to travel, I'm always on the hunt for a new destination to add to my ever-expanding bucket list. I've often been told I'm a dreamer with my head too high in the clouds, but I intend to continue dreaming by endeavoring to explore. Gaining travel inspo is my way to do just that.
So where do I look for inspiration? Anywhere & everywhere.
Interesting lifestyle, fashion, & travel blogs
There are several blogs that I look to for travel inspiration, but my absolute favorite is Gal Meets Glam. I love the way that the blog's author, Julia, creatively mixes fashion & storytelling with travel - something that I aspire to do here! Her destinations are fantastic, her photography is flawless, & her content is great. She also has multiple platforms on which she can display her content. I currently follow her blog, receive her email updates, and follow her Snapchat & Instagram (both @juliahengel). She also has a Twitter account but as I don't have Twitter, I don't follow her there - but you can! She is currently road-tripping through Ireland and supplying me with major tips for what I'll be looking to do during my road trip through Scotland.
I also follow along with The Londoner, a London, England-based blog that also details travel & fashion written by author Rosie. She is friends with Julia from Gal Meets Glam and they travel together quite frequently. I love receiving emails detailing blog posts on London, surrounding areas, and other international destinations. Her Instagram is also great for travel inspo (@rosielondoner).
I follow both of these blogs pretty religiously so I highly recommend them - of course! But I also follow The Road Les Traveled, Polkadot Passport, & Bon Traveler.
The Depths of Instagram
Instagram is my BFF when it comes to travel inspo. If you don't follow some good travel accounts on Insta you're missing out. When I begin to get a burst of wanderlust, I almost immediately follow all of the accounts I can find that are semi-related to the destination I have in mind. I try to follow a variety of photography & personal accounts to be sure I'm getting a good array of styles, points-of-view, & locations.
Right now, for Scotland inspiration, I am following @officialisleofskye, @somewhereinscotland, @visitbritain, @viewsofscotland, @walkhighlands, @scotland, @exploringedinburgh, & a ton more. That might have been overkill, but I love getting a range of views on a destination before solidifying my plans. Following these accounts, among others, has allowed me to consider multiple sites that I wouldn't have planned on visiting had I not been following along.
My favorite general travel accounts are @tuulavintage, @garypeppergirl, @australia, @natgeo, @bbc_travel, @gopro, and so many more. Visit Mad's Muses on Instagram @madsmuses to see exactly who I follow for more travel inspiration!
Nostalgic Pictures from Previous Travel Adventures
Guys, it's no lie that I am nostalgic as all get out. I reminisce on my fondest memories on a regular basis; my travel memories are no exception. Not a day goes by that I don't think about my time in Australia and who I would be without that experience. When I'm feeling super sentimental, though, I'll thumb through my old photographs. This doesn't typically do what I intend it to - remind me of old times - but normally causes me to end up thinking about my experiences & ways I can have similar experiences again.
Pinterest is one of my favorite places to explore travel destinations & to get vital travel tips. There are so many people on Pinterest sharing their travel goals, ideas, hacks, & tips that it's hard to get on the site without stumbling upon some sort of travel inspiration. Through this site, I've been able to plan a lot of my Scotland trip just by simply seeing what's out there. I love discovering new historical sites through photographs and Pinterest enables me to do just that.
Historical Texts or Historical Fiction Novels
This might seem a little absurd, but I'm a huge history nerd and I love reading historical texts & historical fiction. Luckily, these documents supply me with the desire to see historical sites in person. My Scotland trip is hugely based on my interest in the Highland clans and the Wars of Scottish Independence. We plan to visit clan seats, castles, battlefields, and historically significant sites throughout our road trip.
My favorite historical novels/texts are the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon, The Six Wives of Henry VIII by Alison Weir, Wallace by Peter Reese, The Paris Wife by Paula McClain, Night by Elie Wiesel, Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, Marie Antoinette by Antonia Fraser... the list could continue on forever. If you would like more historical reads, let me know and I'll be glad to give you suggestions (most of these titles can be found on Amazon). These books, both fiction & non-fiction, allow me to briefly enter the time & place of their setting so that when I actually go to their setting, I am able to invoke their period.
What are your favorite ways to get inspired for an upcoming trip or to cure the travel slump?
Hi, I'm Madeline
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