Wanderlust? Me too! My quarterly Fearless Wanderlust posts will keep you informed about travel news and give you inspiration for your next trip.
Hello, travelers! Who’s with me in willing travel to be abundant this year? I’ve been very grateful that I’ve had the chance to travel in the last two years. Travel is a big part of my life and a source of happiness, so I hope this post gives you some inspiration and encouragement to make some plans.
Best Time to Book a Hotel
Iceland is on my bucket list! Oh Happy Day posted about her trip, so I’m saving it here for the recommendations.
Is Tourism Good or Bad?
That’s the question Kristin of Be My Travel Muse poses in this post. It’s a tricky subject with pros and cons. I found the Afar series about Hawaii after I returned from my trip. I didn’t think about these topics when considering my trip and a bit of it came up during our Mauna Kea tour. Something to think about as you plan future travel!
Read to Travel
If you like traveling from the comfort of your home, this list of 86 best travel books will keep you occupied! I haven’t read very many of these, so I’ll definitely pick a few to add to my list.
Best Places to Visit
I like checking out annual award winners to get inspiration and to admire photos of all the fancy resorts. Readers chose Portugal, New Zealand, and Japan as the top three countries. The top three big U.S. cities are not a surprise: Chicago, NYC, and New Orleans. See the full list of winners here.
Make Plans Now for National Parks
If you’re wanting to visit a popular national park this year, be sure to look at reservation requirements early. Here’s a post from The Points Guy with some tips. Also, don’t forget to take advantage of the five free admission days.
Travel for Food
How Many Countries?
One of my life goals is to visit 50 countries; I’m at 17. (There are 197 countries in the world.) This stresses me out a bit because it feels like so many countries and so little time when I factor in the rate of going to one new country a year (based on time off and savings). But it’s about the process, right? This article gives some interesting findings about Americans and travel. I’m part of the 11% of Americans who have visited 10+ countries. Thankfully for the people who don’t travel abroad, there are many places in the U.S. to visit and media (internet, movies, etc) these days can connect us worldwide.
Travel Bucket List
Speaking of life lists, do you want to put more on yours? I’ve been thinking about it too! Check out this list of 137+ things you could experience. Some things I’ve added: see lava from a volcano and swim with a whale shark.
Where to Next?
I’ve almost got all my Hawaii posts up (see them here), I’ll be updating my Costa Rica posts with information from our trip around New Year’s Eve, and we’ll soon be going to Utah (new state for me!) to ski.
Other plans have been tossed around but we’re cautious about making plans too far in the future. I would love to visit a new country this year since two years have gone by since that’s happened. We’ve talked about Dominica and Portugal. And I’m hoping for a big birthday trip!
What travel plans do you have this year?