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Travel stories, inspiration, news and musing

We are the dreamers, the seekers, the travellers, the adventurers, the optimists. It's nice to meet you! There are lots of us with the same DNA - we look forward to sharing the journey with you.

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The evolution of travel

Aimee Pearce

Once upon a time, there was only one reason I could really see to travel: to experience new things. To see with my own eyes the Eiffel Tower to be sure it was really there; to eat the deep-fried guinea pig to check if I’d been missing out on something spectacular all my life (I hadn’t). My itineraries were infamous for being packed to the brim with places to see; my preferred mode of travel was of the tasting plate variety rather than the house specialty - why dwell on one country/city/sight when you could dip into 12? This means skimming across the top, admittedly, but at least it rules out the possibility of dying without seeing it all - and there’s always the option to go back, once you have run out of new places to explore.

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The beautiful art of planning

Aimee Pearce

There's something beautiful about planning. Especially when it comes to travel. It's the way that it builds anticipation and excitement. Those hours spent exploring accommodation options and Google images of remote beaches. It gives you some evening inspiration to explore rather than zoning out in front of Netflix for countless hours.

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Mid week meetings: Aimee

Aimee Pearce

Hi! Since we're hanging out so often, I thought it might be nice to actually introduce myself...

My name is Aimée and I make up one half of the dream team that is Wanderlust People! 

Obviously my favourite thing in the world to do is travel. But here are a few little insights into my world....

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How to get holiday feels on a home-time budget

Elissa Webster

Is it just me or does your next holiday seem a loooonnnngggg way in the distance! Now I have heard of a species of humans who ACCRUE annual leave and are even FORCED to take holidays because they have TOO MANY?!?!?! But this is a very strange and foreign concept to me. I've always been either in the negative when it comes to annual leave or I can be found on extend unpaid leave. My motto has always been: life is too short to accrue leave!

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5 elements of a grand travel year!

Elissa Webster

I have become a master of planning out my leisure time. Why would I want to put structure around something as liberating as a holiday? Because a) it helps me squeeze every last drop of holiday time out of my year, b) it gives me plenty of time to look forward to the next adventure as soon as I've returned from the last one, and c) it means I can hunt down the best deals and nut out the best things to see and do - which in turns enables point a). Here are the five elements that I think comprise an awesome year of travel, complete with recommended dosages! Enjoy!

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How to save money on travel in 2016

Aimee Pearce

Ok, so the bad news is the Aussie dollar is not great. In a lot of ways, 2016 is not looking like a great time to travel. In fact, a lot of people are suggesting now is a good time to stay local: travel domestically, instead of losing out on bad exchange rates and overspending on international jaunts.

While adding some Aussie trips to the schedule for 2016 definitely sounds like a good idea, I'm a little sad at the prospect of doom and gloom for international travel. So you can imagine my excitement to stumble upon this awesome list of ways to save money on travel in 2016.

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Are we moving too fast? How to slow down in a fast-paced world

Aimee Pearce

I often think of Jack Johnson's lyrics when life feels like it's getting away from me..."Slow down everyone you're moving too fast. Frames can't catch you when you're moving like that." How true is it that often our lives are beyond manic. And I firmly believe that we can't enjoy the "frames" or the moments if we continue to move at a ridiculous pace.

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Places to visit before they disappear

Aimee Pearce

Everyday we hear new negative impacts of climate change - how the warming climate is damaging people, places and species.

As passionate travellers, we have a double responsibility to protect our planet - firstly so we can continue enjoying it in the future and preserve it for our children and grandchildren to enjoy, but secondly because aviation is one of the worst offenders when it comes to negative environmental impacts. According to the Dave Suzuki Foundation since 1990, CO2 emissions from international aviation have increased 83 per cent! Eeeeekkkk! So if we are going to continue using planes as a mode of transport, (and we probably will if we continue travelling internationally) then we need to be think about ways we can offset our climate impact.

And while we are doing that, the Huffington Post has put together a great list of 10 Places That Are In Danger of Disappearing Forever

So it is definitely worth adding some of these to your bucket list - because we really don't know how long they will be around for! Check out the list and why these destinations might not be around forever:

  1. The Great Barrier Reef, Australia - scientists predict that if we don't find a way to curb the coral bleaching, pollution and rising ocean temps destroying the reefs, they might only have 100 years left.
  2. The Seychelles Archipelago - Unfortunately this stunning archipelago has seen an incredible amount of coral die-off and now beach erosion threatens to fully submerge Seychelles in 50-100 years.
  3. The City of Venice, Italy-  Severe flooding puts Venice at risk to sink
  4. Certain species from the Galapagos Islands - The Galapagos Islands have been in danger of "economic and environmental degradation" before, and it is once again under watch as mass tourism and smuggled foreign animals threaten the existence of native creatures and ecosystems.
  5. The forests of Madagascar - Madagascar is the 4th largest island in the world, but its forests have a projected shelf life of 35 years. If people don't step in to prevent the burning and mass deforestation, the beautiful trees (and animals and plant species that live within them) will be gone for good.
  6. Glaciers in the Alps - Regardless of whether you love skiing or The Sound of Music, these natural wonders are pretty spectacular. With glaciers decreasing in size by three percent each year combined with the effects of global warming, the glaciers found in the Alps could be gone by 2050.
  7. The Snow on Mt. Kilimanjaro - "Snow-capped mountains" won't be a "thing" anymore if the glaciers on this world wonder keep receding. Although the glaciers have been receding for some time, global warming is speeding up the process.
  8. Maldive Islands - The Maldives is the lowest-lying country on Earth, which is not the best title to hold when sea levels begin to rise. High-ranking government officials are so certain sea levels will rise, they're already looking to buy land in other countries for citizens to go live (possibly Australia).
  9. The Taj Mahal, India - The Taj Mahal was built in 21 years, but people worry it might be closed to the public soon. The main threat? Increased air pollution and mass tourism.

10. Glacier National Park - In a few short years, it might be time for a name-change. These days, scientists are predicting that Glacier National Park will be glacier-free by 2020 or 2030, which would also completely disrupt the national park's ecosystem.

So when you're planning your future travel destinations, spare a thought for these hot spots that won't be around forever. And while you're at it, maybe try and plan some more environmentally friendly means of travel. If there's any places you can get to by train or car, your environmental impact will be much lower.

You can read the article in full here

The beauty of small towns

Aimee Pearce

I love to visit cities. The buzz, the hype, the plethora of dining and drinking options, the endless list of attractions to visit and cafés to while away the hours in - what's not to love!

But when it comes to putting down roots and calling a place "home" I'm a small to medium town girl for sure! There is something beautiful about the simplicity of knowing your way around a place in a depth that you never could in a city. Knowing each street, each shop, each restaurant and café (even if the options are limited) every good picnic spot and and secret spot. Even all the people! There's a feeling of intimacy that comes from living in a small town that big cities just can't match.

And when travelling, the small towns are often the hidden gems of an adventure. You are more likely to meet locals and get great tips in a small town. And you're more likely to stumble upon hidden secrets that don't make the guide books.

While Elissa continues to swan around Europe, I've come across this great blog which list 12 idyllic small towns that remind us of the simple life. 

The photos are visually stunning! Check out this gem of Popeye Village in Malta! Malta is high on my Europe hit-list and this photo is sending me to Wanderlust heaven!

Photo: Mosin

Photo: Mosin

There is plenty of great alternative European inspiration here. So check it out at RYOT

 

European bucket list

Aimee Pearce

I love a good bucket list! They are inspiring and dreamy while at the same time incredibly frustrating because they only seem to grow! Is it just me or do you also seem to add another 10 items to your bucket list for every one you tick off. My bucket list is ever-evolving and ever-growing but honestly, that's the way I like it!

So while Elissa is managing to tick some European highlights off her bucket list this month, I've stumbled upon a great list called The short haul bucket list: 30 places in Europe you must see before you die

It's worth having a look through the photo gallery the Daily Telegraph Travel team has compiled, but I've summarised it here for you with some photos of places I've been lucky enough to visit:

  • Var, Provence, France
The stunning waters in the Gorge du Vurdon, Var, Provence

The stunning waters in the Gorge du Vurdon, Var, Provence

  • Gaudí’s Barcelona, Spain
Gaudi's La Sagrada - Barcelona

Gaudi's La Sagrada - Barcelona

  • Sistine Chapel, Italy
  • Acropolis, Greece
  • Pamukkale, Turkey
Pammukkale

Pammukkale

  • Semana Santa, Spain
  • Aya Sofya, Istanbul, Turkey
Aya Sofya

Aya Sofya

  • Matterhorn, Switzerland
  • Chateau de Chenonceau, Loire Valley, France
  • The Atlantic Road, Norway
  • Blue Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey
Blue Mosque

Blue Mosque

  • Northern Lights, Scandinavia or Iceland
  • Sainte Chapelle, Paris
  • Red Square, Moscow, Russia
  • Leaning Tower of Pisa, Italy
  • Charles Bridge, Czech Republic
Charles Bridge

Charles Bridge

  • Brandenberg Gate, Germany
  • Tuscany, Italy
Tuscany - overlooking San Gimignano

Tuscany - overlooking San Gimignano

  • Lake Bled, Slovenia
  • Colosseum, Italy
Colosseum, Roma

Colosseum, Roma

  • Ephesus, Turkey
Ephesus

Ephesus

  • Eiffel Tower, France
Eiffel Tower

Eiffel Tower

  • Alhambra, Spain
  • Venice, Italy
  • The black beaches of Iceland
  • Pantheon, Italy
Pantheon

Pantheon

  • Mezquita de Cordoba, Spain
  • Versailles, France
  • The Hermitage, St Petersburg
  • Pompeii and Herculaneum, Italy
Pompeii

Pompeii

My list still some fairly significant dints in it but it still needs a bit of work! With these widely published bucket lists, you always notice a few landmarks that leave you a bit stumped...the Sainte Chapelle in Paris...It looks amazing! How did I miss it?!?!?! The Sistine Chapel of course will have to stay locked in my memory - strictly no photos allowed! And then there are always some places that you will swear should have made it onto the list. Cappadocia in Turkey? The Cinque Terre in Italy???? The islands of Croatia???? But of course - lists can't be endless...or can they?!?!

Are any of your favourite places in Europe missing? Or any hot spots you are just dying to visit? While Elissa is gallivanting the European countryside living out her bucket list, come and dream with me!