Bella Vida by Letty

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Best Gift Ideas for Travelers a Gift Guide

Shopping for the holidays can be extremely overwhelming. Here is a thoughtfully curated holiday gift guide for all of the travel lovers in your life.

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Travel cases and accessory organizers are a must for trips.  Packing organizers allow you to fit more into your bag and stay organized when traveling.  You can fit more into your bag and your belongings are better protected. Minimize and organize with these travel packing aids.

Travel Gear Electronics Accessories Organizer 

2 in 1 Trunk Organizer & Cooler Set

Makeup Artist Clear PVC Set Bag

Travel Black Leather Jewelry Box Lockable 

Lingerie Travel Bag

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Prints, posters and canvas Maps of their favorite places.  Art just makes you feel good especially pieces with a strong connection to good memories.  There is an aesthetic emotional response to art and it is the qualities in an object that evoke this emotion.  

Massimo Vignelli New York Subway Map

 

Chicago Railroad Blueprint Map

Monuments of Paris Map

Central London Neighborhoods Map

Washington DC Street Map

Old Map Art

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I drink coffee and tea everyday.  I cannot have to many because they end up broken or missing.   A cool cup, mug or glass is a great reminder of good times.

Washington DC Subway lines Map mug 

Wine Glass Washington DC State Runner

Starbucks Chicago Dot Collection 2015 Ceramic Double Wall Traveler Tumbler 

Boston Sport Water Bottle

Paris coffee mug

French Lilacs Ceramic Travel Mug 

games-collageThere are many benefits to playing boardgames such as; spending time with family and friends. Engaging in activities that do not involve staring at a computer screen or a smartphone. Exercise your brain by learning something new.Improve your memory by keeping track of what is happening in the game.  Revive your creativity and problem solving skills.  And mostly just having fun.  Here are some cool fun games for the travel lovers in your life.

Monopoly Here and Now World

Scrabble 3D World Edition

Talicor Where In The World

Brainbox All Around The World

Passport To Culture

Sequence States and Capitals

Map of the World Jigsaw Puzzle

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My Favorite Instagram Travel Hashtags

My Favorite Instagram Travel Hashtags

Instagram Travel Hashtags

I am officially hooked on Instagam. I love going through the images and being inspired by so many great photographers. It’s the best of the best that truly spark my creativity. I admire their works and instantly want to amp up my game and skills. It’s the best platform for sharing travel photography

There are countless travel hashtags to follow however these are specifically curated because of the high quality of photography as well as subject. I’m looking particularly for great storytelling by observing how the photographer is telling the story of the location they are visiting.

If you enjoy high quality beautiful images I highly recommend exploring the following hashtags. There are my favorite travel related hashtags.

 

1.     #instatravel  10,206,343 posts

Instagram Travel Hashtags

 

2.    #travelgram  8,803,808 posts

Instagram Travel Hashtags

3.     #scenery     5,808,646 posts

Instagram Travel Hashtags

4.     #travelinggram   3,533,355 posts

Instagram Travel Hashtags

5.     #instapassport     2,609,812 posts

Instagram Travel Hashtags

6.     #neverstopexploring          2,280,555 posts

Instagram Travel Hashtags

7.     #travelphotography      1,680,355 posts

Instagram Travel Hashtags

8.     #wonderful_places     1,648,269 posts

Instagram Travel Hashtags

9.     #cityscapes     1,496,460 posts

Instagram Travel Hashtags

1o.     #lifeofadventure      1,361,906 posts

Instagram Travel Hashtags

11.      #letsgosomewhere       1,285,669 posts

Instagram Travel Hashtags

 

 

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How to Start a Travel Inspiration Journal

How to Create a Travel Inspiration Journal

How to Start a Travel Inspiration Journal

An inspiration journal is central place where you can jot down ideas and other things that will inspire you to achieve your goals. It can help you get started, unstuck, or maybe lead you into a completely different direction but mainly motivates you into action.

You can create an entire journal of strictly inspiration or like me have a combination of places I’ve enjoyed and would love to revisit along with bucket lists of things I’d like to do and places I’d like to see.

When we travel the experience is usually over far too quickly. By journaling we get to explore how we felt about the places we went to and the activities we participated in. We get to know ourselves better by clarifying our thoughts.

Journals also serve as records. We can record our progress or expound on the places we’ve been. Sometimes it’s helpful to look back so we can realize all that we’ve accomplished.

 

These books will get your creativity started.
An Illustrated Journey: Inspiration From the Private Art Journals of Traveling Artists, Illustrators and Designers

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When we travel, we don’t want to follow the same itinerary as everyone who’s come before us. We want to feel like explorers, adventurers in undiscovered territory. And that’s exactly what sketching can bring to the travel experience.

The Art of Urban Sketching: Drawing On Location Around The World

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The book, Art of Urban Sketching by Gariel Campanario, takes you around the world by showing you the stylings of urban sketchers spanning every continent and into 30 countries. Filled with more than 500 full colored illustrations drawn on location by artists within their own cities, you will hear their stories while learning expert tips and ideas for tools to use for sketching, as well as how to participate through social networking and online activity.

An Illustrated Life: Drawing Inspiration from the Private Sketchbooks of Artists, Illustrators and Designers

travel journal

An artist’s journal is packed with sketches and captions; some rough, some polished. The margins sometimes spill over with hurriedly scrawled shopping lists and phone numbers. The cover may be travel-worn and the pages warped from watercolors. Open the book, and raw creativity seeps from each color and line. The intimacy and freedom on its pages are almost like being inside the artist’s mind: You get a direct window into risks, lessons, mistakes, and dreams.

A World of Artist Journal Pages: 1000+ Artworks – 230 Artists – 30 Countries

travel journal

By nature, art journaling is a private activity. But when Dawn Sokol’s first book, 1000 Artist Journal Pages, broke the fourth wall and shared the work of artists all over North America and parts of Europe, it created a ripple of inspiration throughout the art journaling community. In this much-anticipated follow-up, Sokol features more than 1,000 new, captivating pages, this time—by popular demand—from artists across the globe. Lists of techniques and materials used for each page, plus behind-the-scenes interviews, give readers a glimpse inside the minds of new and established artists, making this a stimulating compilation sure to inspire beginners and seasoned art journalers alike.
Books for  traveling writing inspiration.

Writing Away: A Creative Guide to Awakening the Journal-Writing Traveler (Travelers’ Tales)

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Two major trends have recently swept the travel world: the first, an overwhelming desire (thanks to Elizabeth Gilbert’s bestseller, Eat, Pray, Love) to write one’s own memoir; the second, an explosion of social media, blogs, twitter and texts, which allow travelers to document and share their experiences instantaneously. Thus, the act of chronicling one’s journey has never been more popular, nor the urge stronger.

Writing Away: A Creative Guide to Awakening the Journal-Writing Traveler, will inspire budding memoirists and jetsetting scribes alike. But Writing Away doesn’t stop there—author Lavinia Spalding spins the romantic tradition of keeping a travelogue into a modern, witty adventure in awareness, introducing the traditional handwritten journal as a profoundly valuable tool for self-discovery, artistic expression, and spiritual growth.

Writing Away teaches you to embrace mishaps in order to enrich your travel experience, recognize in advance what you want to remember, tap into all your senses, and connect with the physical world in an increasingly technological age. It helps you overcome writer’s block and procrastination; tackle the discipline, routine, structure, and momentum that are crucial to the creative process; and it demonstrates how traveling—while keeping a journal along the way—is the world’s most valuable writing exercise.

Globejotting: How to Write Extraordinary Travel Journals (and still have time to enjoy your trip!)

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Most travel diaries fizzle. By day six of a big trip, people are struggling to recall what happened on days three, four, and five. They return home with mostly empty journals, or bland writing that fails to capture the full spirit of their journeys. Award-winning travel humorist Dave Fox comes to the rescue in this book that’s both informative and irreverently funny. You’ll learn to: Bring destinations to life with bold details.Splash those details quickly onto your pages so journaling doesn’t gobble up your precious vacation time.Elude your Inner Censor and write with confidence.Weave together your outer and inner journeys, using unfamiliar places as a backdrop for self-discovery.

Dave shares his favorite journaling techniques, shows how to find time to write in the middle of an exciting trip, and infuses it all with a generous dose of his off-the-wall humor. Whether your journeys are weekend road trips or excursions around the world, this book will help transform you into a travel journaling superhero!

 

Once you’ve found some inspiration to get you started choose the type of sketchbook, binder or journal you would like to use.

journals binders

Carolina Pad Studio C Zip-it Notebook with Zipper Pouch Cover 

Pocket Leather Journal with Owl Handmade Blank Craft Paper Brown  with Gift Box 

or binder

Kate’s Paperie Binder with Set of 3 Journals, The Art of Travel 

Genuine Leather Journal Notebook Refillable with Cool Lock 6-ring Loose Leaf Binder

UniKeep Travel Binder – Ocean

I’m inspired by colors, textures, mixed media, positive quotes, photos, places, travel, sewing, fashion,jewelry, music, art, painting, movies, stories . . .

travel journal entry ideas

Ideas to get you going.

Top ten list
Bucket list
Favorite travel quotes
Favorite places
Start with a map
Start with a ticket stub
Start with a postcard
Cut out magazine photos
Start with a photo you took
Favorite thing you ate
Describe the smells
Describe the texture
Describe the taste
Most exciting
Least exciting
I’ll never do that again

 

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Most Popular Travel Magazines

Most Popular Travel Magazines

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While I sometimes read on my phone or kindle I still really enjoy reading books and magazines.  I take them with me when I’m traveling, to the beach, on the plane, in the car, etc.   I enjoy flipping through the pages and taking my time looking at the photography.  I find it inspiring to read about other peoples experiences and travel stories from all around the world.

 

 

Condé Nast Traveler 

Condé Nast Traveler  travel magazine

From the pages of Condé Nast Traveler, you’ll discover breathtaking destinations, including the best islands, cities, spas and cruises. Each issue is filled with travel secrets of celebrated writers and sophisticated travelers; featuring the culture, architecture, cuisine and shopping that complete the travel experience. An annual subscription also includes our must-have Gold List, Reader’s Choice and Hot List issues.

Backpacker

backpaker travel magazine

Magazine of wilderness travel offering practical “you can do it–here’s how” advice to enjoy every trip. Filled with the best places, gear and information for all kinds of hiking and camping trips with fold-out maps and stunning color photography.

National Geographic Traveler

national geographic travel magazine

National Geographic Traveler magazine brings the world to your doorstep with lively articles told in a storytelling style and gorgeous photography that inspires wanderlust. Whether you’re an armchair traveler or someone who takes a few international trips each year, you’ll be immersed in multiple fascinating destinations in each issue.

Islands

Islands travel magazine

Islands Magazine is one of the most informative publications around. It focuses exclusively on island vacations and features thoughtful articles with themes of white beaches, crystal clear skies, and blue oceans. All of this is presented with stunning photography and high-quality printing. The magazine does a great job of inspiring would-be travelers to visit featured islands.

AFAR

Afar travel magazine

AFAR is a different kind of travel magazine that guides and inspires those who travel the world seeking to connect with its people, experience their cultures, and understand their perspectives. Every issue delivers intriguing travel stories told with beautiful photos and a fresh design.

Travel 50 & Beyond

travel magazine

This magazine is designed for readers ages 50 or older. It features practical tips and vacation ideas geared toward finding the best values while traveling. Its editorial focus is primarily on North American destinations.

Sunset

Sunset travel magazine

Sunset magazine is one of the leading publications to bring all things found and made in the West into the hands of people across the country. From great restaurants to places to travel to for a little rest and relaxation to inspired ideas for decorating your home and improving your garden, Sunset magazine is dedicated to presenting you with the most beautiful aspects of the West.

Travel + Leisure

travel magazine

Travel + Leisure magazine is one of the most popular travel publications in the world. Unlike other magazines devoted to traveling within a specific country, this magazine highlights far-flung destinations in the United States and abroad. Readers will find tips on traveling around the world, destinations for adventure travelers, and even some budget-friendly ideas.

Cruise Travel

cruise travel magazine

The exciting and romantic world of cruise vacations is yours! This industry-leading magazine features Ship of the Month, Port of the Month, Cruise of the Month, along with seasonal Cruise Calendars that provide itineraries, ports-of-call, and prices. Every aspect of cruising is covered from planning, dress codes, shore excursions, and shopping, to wheelchairs and special needs. Plus, the Annual Cruise Directory is the definitive must-have guide for vacationers and agencies alike.

Trailer Life

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Everything about Travel Trailers and How To RV from Trailer Life Magazine.

Food and Travel

food and travel magazine

Food and Travel is a British magazine offering stunning photography, delicious recipes, news, and travel features every month. Regular features include articles on weekend getaways and travel hot-spots, cooking tips, hotel and inn profiles, and traveling on a budget.

Roadrunner Motorcycle Touring & Travel

road runner travel magazine

RoadRUNNER Motorcycle Touring & Travel is the premier magazine offering the motorcycle enthusiast first-hand cruising experiences and exciting destinations for motorcycle vacations here and abroad. Each issue features descriptive tours, maps, photos,product reviews,vehicle and equipment test data.

Travel – Sunday Times Travel Magazine

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A Sunday Times Travel Magazine subscription brings you the best writers, the best photography and the best, practical, in-depth travel information every month.

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More Movies that will make you want to Travel

more movies that make you want to travel

A curated list of Movies that will make you want to Travel.  I’m a huge movie junky.  Whenever I have time to relax you can find me watching movies if I’m not reading.  I love stories and can’t get enough of them.  Believe it or not I’ve actually watched all of these films and they made me want to travel.  This is the second post in this series.  Click here for the first batch of movies.

far and away

1. Far and Away

Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman are mesmerizing in this sweeping romantic epic about two unlikely travel companions who find love and new possibilities in the dangerous frontiers of America.

wild

2.Wild

Driven to the edge by the loss of her beloved mother (Laura Dern), the dissolution of her marriage and a headlong dive into self-destructive behavior, Cheryl Strayed (Reese Witherspoon) makes a decision to halt her downward spiral and put her life back together again. With no outdoors experience, a heavy backpack and little else to go on but her own will, Cheryl sets out alone to hike the Pacific Crest Trail — one of the country’s longest and toughest through-trails.

amelie

3. Amelie

Nominated for 5 Academy Awards including Best Original Screenplay, this magical comedy met overwhelming acclaim nationwide. A painfully shy waitress working at a tiny Paris café, Amelie makes a surprising discovery and sees her life drastically changed for the better! From then on, Amelie dedicates herself to helping others find happiness…in the most delightfully unexpected ways! But will she have the courage to do for herself what she has done for others?L’Auberge Espagnole (The Spanish Apartment)

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4. Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Oscar winner Javier Bardem (No Country for Old Men), Oscar nominee Penelope Cruz (Volver) and Golden Globe nominee Scarlett Johansson (The Nanny Diaries) light up the stunning city of Barcelona in this sexy romantic comedy. Vicky and Cristina are two young Americans spending a summer in Spain, who meet a charming Casanova and his beautiful but volatile ex-wife. When they all become romantically entangled, the smoldering sparks begin to fly in hilarious fashion.

love in the time of cholera

5. Love in the Time of Cholera

When Florentino Ariza (Javier Bardem) sees Fermina Daza (Giovanna Mezzogiorno) through a villa window, it is love at first sight. Though a man of modest means, Florentino’s skill as a poet awakens a similar passion within Fermina. But Fermina’s father disapproves of the affair and vows to keep the lovers apart. Fermina eventually marries an aristocratic doctor (Benjamin Bratt), and they move to Paris. Florentino, however, still loves Fermina and patiently waits for a chance to be with her again.

belle epoque

6. Belle Epoque

BELLE EPOQUE is the irresistible story of Fernando, a handsome, young Spanish Civil War deserter who befriends a free-thinking artist. Fernando finds himself in a romantic dilemma when the artist’s four beautiful daughters return to their country home — which woman should he romance? The answer ishilariously simple, as Fernando is seduced instead, by each of the high-spirited sisters. BELLE EPOQUE is a rollicking sensual romp celebrating newfound sexual freedom for women. A delicious blend ofhumor and passion that captured the Oscar(r) (1993) for Best Foreign Language Film and introduced theworld to the enchanting beauty of Penelope Cruz (Vanilla Sky).

la dolce vita

7. La dolce vita

In one of the most widely seen and acclaimed European movies of the 1960s, Federico Fellini featured Marcello Mastrioanni as gossip columnist Marcello Rubini. Having left his dreary provincial existence behind, Marcello wanders through an ultra-modern, ultra-sophisticated, ultra-decadent Rome. He yearns to write seriously, but his inconsequential newspaper pieces bring in more money, and he’s too lazy to argue with this setup. He attaches himself to a bored socialite (Anouk Aimée), whose search for thrills brings them in contact with a bisexual prostitute. The next day, Marcello juggles a personal tragedy (the attempted suicide of his mistress (Yvonne Furneaux)) with the demands of his profession (an interview with none-too-deep film star Anita Ekberg). Throughout his adventures, Marcello’s dreams, fantasies, and nightmares are mirrored by the hedonism around him. With a shrug, he concludes that, while his lifestyle is shallow and ultimately pointless, there’s nothing he can do to change it and so he might as well enjoy it. Fellini’s hallucinatory, circus-like depictions of modern life first earned the adjective “Felliniesque” in this celebrated movie, which also traded on the idea of Rome as a hotbed of sex and decadence.

y tu mama tambien

8. Y Tu Mama Tambien

Julio and Tenoch are two teens ruled by raging hormonesand a mission to consume exotic substances. But one summer, the boys learn more about life than they bargain for when they set off on a wild, cross-country road trip with seductive, 28-year-old Luisa. Both boys taste forbidden fruit as Luisa schools them in the finer points of passion, but will their mutual desire for her destroy their friendship forever?

roman holiday

9. Roman Holiday (1953)

Overwhelmed by her suffocating schedule, touring European princess Ann (Audrey Hepburn) takes off for a night while in Rome. When a sedative she took from her doctor kicks in, however, she falls asleep on a park bench and is found by an American reporter, Joe Bradley (Gregory Peck),who takes her back to his apartment for safety. At work the next morning, Joe finds out Ann’s regal identity and bets his editor he can get exclusive interview with her, but romance soon gets in the way.

cairo time

10. Cairo Time

A married magazine editor falls for one of her husband’s old acquaintances while vacationing in Cairo in this romantic drama from writer/director Ruba Nadda. Juliette (Patricia Clarkson) is a magazine editor who is happily married to Mark (Tom McCamus), a Canadian diplomat. Their kids are all grown up, and they’ve planned a three-week vacation in Cairo together when Mark gets delayed in the Palestinian territories and Juliette is left to navigate the Egyptian capitol alone. In order to ensure his wife’s safety until he arrives, Mark asks his former security officer and longtime friend Tareq (Alexander Siddig) to be her guide though the city. He never imagined that they would fall in love, but the more time Tareq and Juliette spend together the more difficult is becomes for them to deny their intense attraction to one another.

one week

11. One Week

Chronicles the motorcycle trip of Ben Tyler as he rides from Toronto to Tofino, British Columbia. Ben stops at landmarks that are both iconic and idiosyncratic on his quest to find meaning in his life.

little white lies

12. Little White Lies

Following a motorcycle accident that leaves a charismatic member (Jean Dujardin, The Artist) of their group in an intensive care unit, a close-knit circle of friends embark on their annual summer getaway to Cap Ferrat in the southwest of France. Staying at wealthy family man Max’s (Fran‡ois Cluzet, Tell No One, The Intouchables)spacious vacation home, the sunny beachside idyll quickly becomes the backdrop of heated tensions and outbursts among the old acquaintances as the little white lies just beneath the surface of their relationships reach a boiling point. Featuring an all-star cast including Marion Cotillard (The Dark Knight Rises, La Vie en Rose) and Gilles Lellouche (Point Blank, Mesrine) and a soundtrack of classic hit songs, director Guillaume Canet’s follow-up to his smash-hit Tell No One is a touching, poignant, and inspiring dramatic comedy about owning up to the truths that define a life.

paris

13. Paris

In Paris, a city of a thousand faces, everyone has a story.  From Cédric Klapisch the award-winning writer/director of L AUBERGE ESPANGOLE comes a deliciously intimate new valentine to The City Of Lights featuring an all-star cast that includes Oscar®-winner Juliette Binoche (THE ENGLISH PATIENT), Romain Duris (THE BEAT THAT MY HEART SKIPPED), Mélanie Laurent (INGLORIOUS BASTERDS) and François Cluzet (TELL NO ONE). It s the story of a young Moulin Rouge dancer (Duris) awaiting a heart transplant, his single-mother/social worker sister (Binoche), and their rediscovery of the life, laughter and love that hides within every balcony, apartment window, street corner and market stall. These are the stories of the middle class and bourgeois, immigrants and students, fashion models and homeless, and all the lovers and strangers whose paths could only cross and whose worlds are about to change forever in PARIS.

2 days in paris

14. Two Days in Paris

Adam Goldberg delivers “an uproarious study in transatlantic culture panic” (MTV) as Jack, an anxious, hypochondriac-prone New Yorker vacationing throughout Europe with his breezy, free-spirited Parisian girlfriend, Marion (Delpy). But when they make a two-day stop in Marion’s hometown, the couple’s romantic trip takes a turn as Jack is exposed to Marion’s sexually perverse and emotionally unstable family, her coarse temperament with cab drivers and her ex-lovers… her many ex-lovers. Culture-shocked and ego-bruised, Jack finds himself hoping that their relationship can survive as their love is revealed in surprising ways.

the fall

15. The Fall

From the director of The Cell comes a visually stunning epic fantasy about a bedridden man who entertains a curious little girl by telling her a fantastical story of exotic heroes and far off places which reflects his state of mind. The central story takes place in a remote 1920’s hospital where a small girl named Alexandria (Catinca Untaru) is recovering from a severe looking shoulder injury incurred in a fall while trying to pick oranges. One day she happens to meet Roy (Lee Pace) – a stunt or “gag” man for the “flickers” or moving pictures- who seems to have injured himself out of a future in a particularly reckless stunt, even for those times. He is a clearly unhappy man who- through his own carelessness- unwittingly leads Alexandria to believe that he intends to entertain her with a lavish, epic story of exotic heroes and far off places. As the stuntman’s health reaches to the point of peril – so does the story he is telling her…with potentially fatal consequences.

 

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Movies that will make you want to Travel

A curated list of Movies that will make you want to Travel.  I’m a huge movie junky.  Whenever I have time to relax you can find me watching movies if I’m not reading.  I love stories and can’t get enough of them.  Believe it or not I’ve actually watched all of these films and they made me want to travel.

lampoons vacation

1. National Lampoon’s Vacation Boxset 

The Griswold family’s cross-country drive to the Walley World theme park proves to be much more arduous than they ever anticipated.

under the tuscan sun

2. Under the Tuscan Sun

While on an Italian vacation, a woman buy a villa and decides to stay.

train to lisbon

3. Night Train to Lisbon

Latin teacher Raimund Gregorius (Irons) finds a book by Portuguese poet and doctor Amadeu de Prado (Huston) and his life is irrevocably changed. Determined to learn more about the author, Gregorius boards the night train to Lisbon and begins to piece together an epic story of oppression and revolution, loyalty and betrayal, love and jealousy, played out against the backdrop of a brutal fascist di ctatorship. In his exploration of Amadeu de Prado’s life, Gregorius finds that life can change in an instant.

before sunset

4. Before Sunrise/Before Sunset 

One of my favorites.  A sequel to “Before Sunrise,” this film starts nine years later as Jesse (Ethan Hawke) travels across Europe giving readings from a book he wrote about the night he spent in Vienna with Celine (Julie Delpy). After his reading in Paris, Celine finds him, and they spend part of the day together before Jesse has to again leave for a flight. They are both in relationships now, and Jesse has a son, but as their strong feelings for each other start to return, both confess a longing for more.

motorcycle diaries

5. The Motorcycle Diaries 

Based on a true story, this inspiring adventure traces the youthful road trip of two revolutionary friends: “Che” Guevara (Gael García Bernal) and Alberto Granado (Rodrigo De la Serna).

dr zhivago

6. Doctor Zhivago

Omar Sharif stars in the title role as an orphaned youth who grows up to marry the daughter of his adoptive parents, but falls in love with a beautiful dressmaker.

sleepless in seatle

7. Sleepless In Seattle

Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan star in an enchanting romance about a widower whose son convinces him to find new love and the woman who answers his call.

holiday

8. The Holiday 

From writer/director Nancy Meyers comes a romantic comedy about two women on opposite sides of the globe who swap houses only to discover that a change of address can really change their lives.

last holiday

9. The Last Holiday

After she is diagnosed with a terminal illness, a shy woman decides to take a European vacation.

grand budapest hotel

10. The Grand Budapest Hotel

The adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend.

life aquatic

11. The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Cate Blanchett, Anjelica Huston. Famous oceanographer Steve Zissou sets sail with a crew that includes a journalist, a pilot, a man who may actually be his son and his ex-wife in order to seek revenge on a mythical shark for causing the death of his partner.

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12. The Darjeeling Limited

Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody, and Jason Schwartzman star as three brothers who have drifted apart over the years and try to re-forge their sibling bonds on a hilarious adventure across India. The Royal Tennenbaums meets Lost in Translation.

everything is illuminated

13. Everything Is Illuminated

Based on the novel by Jonathan Safran Foer, Everything is Illuminated stars Elijah Wood (Lord of the Rings) as Jonathan Safran Foer, a young Jewish man who wants to learn how his grandfather escaped from the Nazi incursions into Russia. From the U.S., he hires the hip-hop loving Alex (Eugene Hutz, leader of the gypsy-punk band Gogol Bordello) and his surly grandfather (Boris Leskin, Men in Black) as tour guides–only to discover, when he arrives in Odessa, that they are perhaps less than dependable. Thus begins a curious, almost metaphysical road trip that carries Foer into the past of his grandfather’s village and the present of his own compulsive habits.

australia

14. Australia

A romantic action-adventure epic set in Australia prior to World War II that centers on an English aristocrat (Nicole Kidman) who inherits a large ranch.Out of Africa

bridges of madisson county

15. The Bridges of Madison County

While passing through a small Iowa town, a photojournalist meets a farmer’s wife and they share a brief, secret, romantic interlude that profoundly shapes the rest of their lives.

nights in rodanthe

16. Nights in Rodanthe

Two strangers meet at an inn, each planning to deal with troubling circumstances in their lives. Sparks fly and a relationship begins that may open up new possibilities for both.

movies that make you want to travel

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Best Travel Quotes

For excitement and inspiration is a curated list of the best travel quotes.

explore dream discover

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” Mark Twain

changing horizon

“The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.”  Christopher McCandless

along the way

“It is not the destination where you end up but the mishaps and memories you create along the way!” Penelope Riley

be a traveler

“Please be a traveler, not a tourist. Try new things, meet new people, and look beyond what’s right in front of you. Those are the keys to understanding this amazing world we live in.” Andrew Zimmern

better to travel

“Sometimes it’s a little better to travel than to arrive.” Robert M. Pirsig

discover

“Nobody can discover the world for somebody else. Only when we discover it for ourselves does it become common ground and a common bond and we cease to be alone.” Wendell Berry

ravel for romance

“We travel for romance, we travel for architecture, and we travel to be lost.” Ray Bradbury

wise traveler

“A wise man travels to discover himself.” James Russell Lowell

like cities

“This was how it was with travel: one city gives you gifts, another robs you. One gives you the heart’s affections, the other destroys your soul. Cities and countries are as alive and feeling, as fickle and uncertain as people. Their degrees of love and devotion are as varying as with any human relation. Just as one is good, another is bad.” Roman Payne

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“You must go on adventures to find out where you belong.” Sue Fitzmaurice

 

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Travel Inspired Bedroom Decor Ideas

Travel Inspired Bedroom Decor Ideas

I’ve curated photos of 26 different travel inspired bedroom ideas for bedroom decor inspiration.  I’ve been wanting to redecorate my room but I don’t want to do anything major.  I saw these on Amazon and think they look amazing.  I could spend the entire afternoon perusing for inspiration.

A splash of color.

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DENY Designs Bianca Green Its Your World Duvet Cover

Inspiration from your favorite city.

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Le Vele Bedding Duvet Cover Set Paris Map

A classic look and it even has matching curtains.

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New York Map Print Duvet Quilt Cover Black and White

Road trippers will love this map of Route 66.  Cool colors too.

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LOVO Luxury Route 66 100% Cotton 300-Thread-Count Bedding Duvet Cover Sheet Set 4 pcs With 2 Pillowcases Multi-Colored

This set is so beautiful and features the Caribbean Islands.

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Tommy Bahama Map Quilt Set

Inspiration from your favorite travel quote.

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Kess InHouse Libertad Leal “What a Wonderful World” Woven Duvet Cover Map

Inspiration from another popular travel quote.

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Kess InHouse Catherine Holcombe “Journey” Cotton Duvet Cover World Map

This gorgeous set features the London skyline.

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Kess InHouse Alison Coxon “City of London” Map Queen Fleece Duvet Cover

Inspiration from famous London landmarks.

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Cliab London Bedding Collection Red Bus Big Ben Duvet Cover Set 100 Percent Cotton 4 Pieces

Who isn’t inspired by Paris.  This is beautiful.

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Bed Lam passport london paris black white queen full duvet cover set

This is so pretty.  The flowers give the room a beautiful pop of color.

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100% Turkish Cotton 4 Pcs ! Paris Eiffel Tower Theme Themed Pink Butterfly  Quilt Duvet Cover Set 

Here’s a very feminine touch.

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100% Cotton 3pcs Paris Soft Pink Duvet Cover Set Eiffel Theme Bedding Linens

Seeing the map makes me want to travel for sure.

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Kess InHouse Sylvia Cook “Travel Map” Fleece Duvet Cover World

This is a really great look.

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Cliab World Map Bedding 100% Cotton Duvet Cover set 4 Pieces

This set works with any headboard.

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Dream Home Fashion Creative 3D World Map  

This set is elegant and masculine.

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Anlye the Gifts for Boyfriend Bedding Set Plane Diagram of Globe Antique Maps Bed Duvet Covers

These are fantastic colors inspired by a street map.

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DENY Designs Holli Zollinger Paris Map Duvet Cover

Inspiration from your favorite state.

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Thumbprintz Duvet Cover New York City

This one is so cool.  I haven’t seen anything like this before.

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Cotton 3pcs New York Manhattan Single Twin Size Duvet Cover Set City Taxi Theme Bedding Linens

Inspiration from your favorite skyline.

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Duvet Cover Brushed Twill from DiaNoche Designs by Monika Strigel Home Decor and Bedding Ideas – New York Skyline

The lights look like they’re really twinkling.

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Dolce Mela DM457Q NYC at Night City Themed Duvet Cover Set, Queen

This is a funky look inspired by a street map.

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Kess InHouse Alison Coxon “City of London” Map King Woven Duvet Cover

Here’s a cool map inspired set.

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Kess InHouse Ann Barnes “Roam II” World Map Cotton Duvet

A great way to add lots of color to a room.

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Kess InHouse Agnes Schugardt “Geo Map” Abstract Fleece Duvet Cover

Here’s a really creative one for wanderlusters.

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DENY Designs Bianca Green a Travelers Heart Lightweight Duvet Cover

I love everything about this, especially the colors.

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Kess InHouse Catherine Holcombe “Voyage” Fleece Duvet Cover Teal Map

 

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Travel Inspired Wall Murals Room Decor ideas

Travel inspired wall murals to give you home decor ideas.   I’m a big fan of all of those diy and home decor shows.  I can watch them for hours at a time. Especially during the weekend. I’m always looking for new ideas.  I’ve decided to curate some specifically travel inspired photos to give you some home design inspiration.

Be inspired by your favorite city.

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Eiffel Tower DIY Removable Art Vinyl Wall Sticker Decor Mural Decal

Paris in the perfect shade of Pink.

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Love in Paris Eiffel Tower Sticker Decal Home Decor

Beautiful cityscape and typography.

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Paris Floral wall mural art home decor

World Map inspired. Where have you been?  Where will you go?

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World Map Wall Mural – Colorful 

Inspire you family to travel.

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World Map Peel and Stick Wall Print 

Classy bedroom.

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Mercator World Topographic Map Wall Mural

Create a colorful space to entertain.

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World Political Map Wall Mural

Perfect for the person who loves bright happy colors.

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White Oceans World Political Map Wall Mural

Elegant black and white countries with typography.

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World Map with Countries Black wall saying vinyl lettering home decor decal quotes

Perfectly inspiring.

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Global World Map Atlas Vinyl Wall Art

For the typography fan.

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English Words World Map Wall Art 

Removable and perfect to inspire the young ones.

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Big Size World Map Removable Nursery Wall Art Decor

This is really cool color combination.

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Style & Apply – Detailed World Map – wall art home decor

Proudly displaying the country flags.

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World Map Banners Flag Countries

Creatively country inspired.

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Rome Coliseum Travel Ancient World Italy Europe

Gorgeous skyline silhouette.

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Rome Italy Skyline City Silhouette Home Decor 

Map of your favorite city.

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Londoner Map Wall Mural

Inspiration from a classic landmark.

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London Tower Bridge Wall Mural

Colorful artistic interpretation of your favorite city.

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Graphic Art London Cityscape

Inspired by urban landscapes.

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Urban Modern Mural 

Wake up to your favorite view everyday.

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Window Style Easy to Apply & Remove New York City Urban Cityscape Skyline View)

Inspired by Broadway and its glimmering lights.

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Wall Mural Radio City Hall New York 

Inspiration from your favorite City

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New York Map Wall Mural Decal 

Inspiration from your favorite city skyline.

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New York City Manhattan 

Inspiration from your favorite landmark.

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Vinyl Wall Decal NYC Brooklyn Bridge

The details that make things so fabulous.

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Vinyl Wall Decal Brooklyn Bridge

Inspiration from your favorite view.

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Vinyl Wall Decal New York City

Let the entire world inspire you.

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World Map Decal w/ Countries Borders

Cure your wanderlust.

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Leah Flores “Wanderlust”

Turn your headboard into your ideal scenic view.

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Mountain Landscape Adhesive Headboard Wall Decal

 

I really like the headboard idea.  Which did you like best?

 

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Really Cool Travel Inspired Mother’s Day Gifts

Today I’ve compiled some really cool travel inspired Mother’s Day Gifts.  It’s not always easy to find something special to gift.  What better way to show your love and appreciation with a present as unique as she is.  I worked hard to find a variety of items from entertaining to decor for the different types of women in our lives. Here are my recommendations.

travel inspired mothers day gifts for entertaining

Entertaining

Subway Sign Food Safe Canisters 

Vintage Style Travel Themed Decorative Nesting Trays

Cute map inspired coasters

Central Paris’ Square Glass Coasters

Vintage European Map Tile Coasters

“Journey” World Map Coasters, 4 by 4-Inch

Vintage World Map South America Ceramic Tile Coasters

For Coffee & Tea Lovers

Road Trip Suitcase Motif Teapot

Ceramic Global Teapot with Polar Bear

Map of Modern South American Countries Travel Mug Stainless Steel

Map of The World Ceramic Mug

Map of the World Coffee Gift Mug

Hawaiian Coffee Mugs 4 Pack Islands Map Blue

Cocktail Platter Texas Flag Texas Shaped

Totally Bamboo Cutting and Serving Board, Florida State

Totally Bamboo Cutting and Serving Board, Mexico

“Sometimes it’s a little better to travel than to arrive.” Robert M. Pirsig

travel inspired gifts for mothers day Office

Gifts for the Office

Old World Map Two Drawer Console Table

Aleco Design Series Chair Mat  World Map 

Riverside Latitudes Suitcase Writing Desk with Optional Chair 

Pulaski Amelia Accent Chest

Screen Gems Postal Stamp Traveler Room Divider 

British Red Telephone Box Photo Pen Holder

World Map Clock 17th Century

“Man is an artifact designed for space travel. He is not designed to remain in his present biologic state any more than a tadpole is designed to remain a tadpole.” William S. Burroughs

globe

Gorgeous Pearl Ocean Gold Stand Gem Gemstone World Map Globe

Gorgeous Paperweight 

Decoratively Striking World Map Suitcase Clock Home Table Clocks Décor

“Life is short and we never have enough time for the hearts of those who travel the way with us. O, be swift to love! Make haste to be kind.” Henri-Frédéric Amiel

wall art

Wall Art

World Map Wall Mural 

Subway Sign Wall Art Chicago Gallery Wrapped Canvas

Paris and NYC Typography and Scenes Set of 4 Wood Sign

Tokyo Subways Metal Sign

Stretched Canvas Art Navigation Map of Restoring Ancient Ways Set 

“If I’d learnt one thing from travelling, it was that the way to get things done was to go ahead and do them. Don’t talk about going to Borneo. Book a ticket, get a visa, pack a bag, and it just happens.”  Alex Garland

travel inpired mothers day gift guide Decor

Accessories and Decor

Message In A Bottle Personalized Gift for Her

The Original Oceangram Message in a Bottle

Decoratively Elegant Mason Map Book Boxes Set

GONGXI Set of 3 Modern Map Decorative Pillow 

Atlas We’re Here Collection – Decorative Pillow 

USA Lumbar Cotton Pillow with United States Map

Vintage Colorful World Map Patterned Cushion Linen Pillow 

DENY Designs Bianca Green Its Your World Duvet Cover

Le Vele Bedding Duvet Cover Set Paris Map

New York Map Print Duvet Quilt Cover Black and White

CafePress Vintage World Map Beach Towel 

World Map Color Bath Shower Curtain

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“Paradise was always over there, a day’s sail away. But it’s a funny thing, escapism. You can go far and wide and you can keep moving on and on through places and years, but you never escape your own life. I, finally, knew where my life belonged. Home.” J. Maarten Troost

 

 

 

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Things I Loved About 2014 Travel Books Movies

things i loved about 2014

Before moving forward into the adventures 2015 will bring I wanted to look back at the things that brought me joy in 2014. I’m an avid reader and movie watcher making me a diehard lover of stories. So here I’ll share my favorites. If you want to see what I’m reading you can connect with me on Goodreads. It’s what I use to keep track of all the books I read.

One thing that has helped me read more is the Overdrive app which allows you to borrow books, audio and movies from your library. My favorite feature is that is syncs up with all of my devices so I can listen while I’m driving or read while I’m waiting anywhere. I actually try to arrive early so I can have some extra reading time. It’s a wonderful boredom reliever while traveling.

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Books

All the Birds, Singing by Evie Wyld                        Mystery

Interesting setting and character.

 

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn     Suspense

Great storytelling.

 

The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone by Adele Griffin    Mystery

Not your regular fiction it’s written as a journalists report. Great story.

 

Bully by Penelope Douglas  Romance

Perfect story pacing.

 

Instructions by Neil Gaiman                        Horror

I enjoy Gaiman’s story telling. As one of my favorite writers it’s a treat to read the specific words he choses to bring his tales to life.

 

Handbook for an Unpredictable Life: How I Survived Sister Renata and My Crazy Mother, and Still Came Out Smiling (with Great Hair) by Rosie Pérez  Memoir

An amazing true story.

 

The One Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results by Gary Keller          Non Fiction

Great self help book. This is great for peeps like me who have trouble focusing.

 

Looptail: How One Company Changed the World by Reinventing Business by Bruce Poon Tip         Non Fiction / Business / Travel

Inspiring read about how this entrepreneur in the travel industry became successful.

 

Writing Irresistible Kidlit: The Ultimate Guide to Crafting Fiction for Young Adult and Middle Grade Readers by Mary Kole                   Non Fiction / Writing

One of the best books on writing I’ve ever read. I highly recommend this if you’re serious about becoming a great writer.

 

Movies

I watch the majority of films on Netflix so I watch many movies that may have been released in previous years but am just now getting around to watch. These are the movies I enjoyed the most this year and I highly recommend you add them to your must watch list if you haven’t seen them yet.

Littlerock 2010          Drama   Interesting story and characters.

 

The Motel Life 2012             Drama    Awesome story.

 

At Middleton 2013               Romantic Comedy   Loved this romantic comedy very much.

 

Aziz Ansari: Dangerously Delicious             Comedy   Cracks me up.

 

The One I Love 2014                        Sci-Fi   Great story!

 

Begin Again 2014                 Romance   Cute!

 

Sex Tape 2014                      Comedy   Lmao

 

6 Souls (Shelter) 2010         Horror   I love being creeped out.

 

Después de Lucía 2012        Mexican Drama   Heavy

 

Twice Born (Venuto al mondo) 2012         Drama / Romance   Emotional

 

Cafe de Flore (Café de Flore) 2011                        French Drama   Emotional

 

In Secret 2013          Horror   Very Edgar Allen Poe like

 

Zero Dark Thirty 2012         War Drama   Great storytelling. Study this screenplay if you want to learn how to write a good story.

 

The Punk Singer 2013         Documentary   Because punk girls rock forever!

 

Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones 2014       Horror  My absolute favorite horror movie of the year. Originally creepy.

 

Disconnect 2012       Drama   Because I love heavy drama.

 

Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest 2011                       Documentary   Because I grew up with Hip Hop that was good.

 

Mud 2012      Coming of Age Thriller   Great story set in the swamps. Loved it.

 

Quotes

travel quotes

10 Quotes to Inspire You to Travel 

“Men are from Earth, women are from Earth. Deal with it.” George Carlin

“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle.”  Plato

Travel

2015 Chevrolet Tahoe

Massachusetts

One of my favorite things is to explore new places. This summer I had an amazing road trip exploring the state of Massachusetts. I hit up Cape Cod, Plymouth, Boston, Springfield and Salem. I’ve written over a handful of posts detailing my adventures along with my best tips. There is still so much more to share with you. You will see more of the Massachusetts road trip posts in 2015.

Click here to read and see tons of photos  

 

Florida

I’m always roadtripping my home state of Florida. One of my most popular posts is a big round up with hundreds of ideas for your next trip to Florida. 

Here are some recent places and tips full of information on what to do and see.

Lincoln Road Mall South Beach

South Beach

 

Cross Collage

St. Augustine

Bridge of Lions

Cross

Fort Matanzas

Crescent Beach

Rainbow Springs Florida State Park

Central Florida

Yulee Sugar Mill Ruins

Sculptures

Rainbow Springs

John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park

Key Largo Round Up

The Garden District in Uptown New Orleans

One of the blogs most popular posts feature my trip to New Orleans, Louisiana.  You can expect a big fat round up post in 2015.

 

Now that you’ve read my recommendations share some of yours with me.  What where your favorite places to visit, book to read and movies to watch?

 

 

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Celebrate the 4th of July with Empowering Independence Quotes

The Fourth of July, or Independence Day, is a federal holiday that celebrates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.  Drafted by Thomas Jefferson, the Declaration of Independence is one of the United States of America’s most cherished symbol of liberty.  

Today I feel grateful for what I have and will continue to work on being a compassionate human being to impact this life in a positive way.  I have compiled a long list of quotes by many famous names you will find familiar contemplating what is means to be independant.  I hope you find a few minutes to contemplate on what it means to be independant and have freedom.

May you enjoy a fun and safe holiday and be inspired by these empowering quotes.

4th of July

 

“The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.” Coco Chanel

“I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.” Charlotte Brontë

“There is a stubbornness about me that never can bear to be frightened at the will of others. My courage always rises at every attempt to intimidate me.” Jane Austen

“Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery. None but ourselves can free our minds.” Bob Marley

“To go wrong in one’s own way is better then to go right in someone else’s.” Fyodor Dostoyevsky

“Blind belief in authority is the greatest enemy of truth.”  Albert Einstein

“To find yourself, think for yourself.”  Socrates  

“Freethinkers are those who are willing to use their minds without prejudice and without fearing to understand things that clash with their own customs, privileges, or beliefs. This state of mind is not common, but it is essential.” Leo Tolstoy

“Few are those who see with their own eyes and feel with their own hearts.” Albert Einstein

“I often warn people: “Somewhere along the way, someone is going to tell you, ‘There is no “I” in team.’ What you should tell them is, ‘Maybe not. But there is an “I” in independence, individuality and integrity.” George Carlin

“You can chain me, you can torture me, you can even destroy this body, but you will never imprison my mind.” Mahatma Gandhi

“The greatest thing in the world is to know how to belong to oneself.” Michel de Montaigne

“Independence is my happiness, and I view things as they are, without regard to place or person; my country is the world, and my religion is to do good.” Thomas Paine

“Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice.” Steve Jobs

“The third-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the majority. The second-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the minority. The first-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking.”  A.A. Milne

“The essence of independence has been to think and act according to standards from within, not without: to follow one’s own path, not that of the crowd.” Nicholas Tharcher

“Think for yourself and let others enjoy the privilege of doing so too.” Voltaire

“The essence of the independent mind lies not in what it thinks, but in how it thinks.” Christopher Hitchens

“I will not be “famous,” “great.” I will go on adventuring, changing, opening my mind and my eyes, refusing to be stamped and stereotyped. The thing is to free one’s self: to let it find its dimensions, not be impeded.” Virginia Woolf

“In questions of science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of a single individual.” Galileo Galilei

“We need to help people to discover the true meaning of love. Love is generally confused with dependence. Those of us who have grown in true love know that we can love only in proportion to our capacity for independence.” Fred Rogers

“When I discover who I am, I’ll be free.” Ralph Ellison

“If money is your hope for independence, you will never have it. The only real security that a man can have in this world is a reserve of knowledge, experience and ability.”  Henry Ford

 “Independence isn’t doing your own thing; it’s doing the right thing on your own.” Kim John Payne

“The great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

“True individual freedom cannot exist without economic security and independence. People who are hungry and out of a job are the stuff of which dictatorships are made. Freedom” Franklin D. Roosevelt

“The small are always dependent on the great; they are “small” precisely because they think they are independent. The great thinker is one who can hear what is greatest in the work of other “greats” and who can transform it in an original manner.” Martin Heidegger

I think this might be my favorite one today.

“Independence? That’s middle class blasphemy. We are all dependent on one another, every soul of us on earth.” George Bernard Shaw


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How I Travel ~ My Travel Style

my travel style keywords

Several months ago I sold the house our family has lived in for the past fifteen years.  It was a stressful life changing event.  I’m not saying it was all bad because it truly wasn’t.  The move was a natural part of life where I experienced personal growth and development.  One life changing lesson in particular was when I realized that I do not want to place importance on objects anymore.  Instead I am shifting my values and placing importance on having experiences rather than accumulating a pile of ‘things.’  I ended up tossing and donating more than half of what we had.  Not everything of course.  I did keep many sentimental trinkets neatly put away in storage but now I’m not hauling around things I haven’t used in years. 

The move prompted me to question and think about what was important to me; how I wanted to live and what I wanted to do.  As a creative I can work anywhere and something our family has been wanting to do is travel more.  We don’t see traveling as a luxury but a natural way to learn about our world and ourselves.  I am curious about people and places.  My passions are to photograph, write about and document my adventures.  I want to share the beauty I find with others through Bella Vida by Letty to pass on my knowledge and my joy.

My Personality

The first thing I did even before securing our new home was plan a trip to NOLA.  It was a blast and I am compiling all of the posts and turning them into an ebook coming very soon.

When I travel it’s usually for a long weekend so I try to have as much fun as I can pack into these short trips.  This means I do a lot of research about the place beforehand and try to have a few back up things to do in case something doesn’t work out.  I’m passionate about writing and photography and love sharing the best of my travels on this site.  For me these are wonderful reminders of how beautiful life can be.

I do a lot of heavy research before my trips.  First, because I’m grown and I don’t want to waste my time or money.  Second, I want to have the most amazing fun time with the resources I do have.  Mainly I just like to be comfortable.  I don’t like large crowds or waiting in long lines so I find the best times to visit.  I love being among nature but I’m not a daredevil.  I find more thrill in discovering a new shade of blue waters than jumping off a cliff.  I’m a very curious person.  I love learning about the people who have built the city I’m visiting, what they did and what they were like.  I love hearing new accents and the local slang.  I like to learn about the culture and lifestyle of the locals.

Where to Stay

I am very picky about where to sleep.  When I’m deciding on a place I look for a safe area, very clean and quiet location.  I plan as many activities as I can during the day so I really like to relax, get a great night’s sleep and recharge for the next days adventure.

What to Do

I’m interested in experiencing the place as visit as the locals do.  I want to see the architecture, parks and museums.  I want to hear all the historical gossip about the local founders.  I want to see what they are proud of and learn why.  Since I’m into photography I’d rather be outdoors so I tend to visit lots of State parks as well as gardens.

What is your travel style?

I live in the very beautiful large state of Florida and do a ton of road trips.  If you need any tips or advice please feel free to ask.  I love to share.

I will leave you with my travel style keywords:  Easy, cozy, enjoyable, relaxed, satisfying, amusing, delightful, entertaining, fun, delicious, new, gratifying, adventure, fascinating, inspiring, impressive, engaging, beautiful, captivating

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Life is What Happens While We’re Busy Making Other Plans

Life is What Happens While We're Busy Making Other Plans

I’m very happy to report I’ve uploaded a new chapter of my new adult horror novel, 31 Days of Rougarou, to Wattpad.    Woo to the hoo!!!  Please check it out.  If you haven’t yet you have time to catch up.  The entire story begins here.

I have big plans for this story.  From the first post to Wattpad the plan was  to upload a new chapter every Friday.  Then life happened, healthy people suddenly get sick, insurance dropped for radical reasons, car needed an unplanned repair and a ginormous amount of responsibility fell into my lap.  It felt like every single time I delved into the story and the words began to flow there would be an interruption.  One thing after another delayed my plans.  The one thing that never changed is the passion I have for this project.

I can only do the only thing I know how to do which is to keep going.   When I’m stressed I practice gratitude.  I’m grateful I have the health, the family and friends to get past any setbacks.

What are you reading?  What are you writing?

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“I wanted a perfect ending. Now I’ve learned, the hard way, that some poems don’t rhyme, and some stories don’t have a clear beginning, middle, and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what’s going to happen next.
Delicious Ambiguity.” Gilda Radner

I believe that life is a game, that life is a cruel joke, and that life is what happens when you’re alive and that you might as well lie back and enjoy it.” Neil Gaiman

“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.” Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

 

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Celebrating International Women’s Day

Eva Peron Quote

International Women’s Day has been observed since in the early 1900’s.  It’s a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future.  Throughout the day there are many events going on around the world.  My contribution is a roundup of inspiring quotes by Latinas.

The world is full of strong brilliant women who have had to overcome.  Their stories are not found in history books. The voices which have been marginalized in mainstream media are the ones I chose to highlight in this space.  

While many milestones have been achieved the reality is women are still not paid equally to that of their male counterparts,  are not present in equal numbers in business or politics.  On a global level women’s education, health and violence against them is worse than that of men.  This is unacceptable.  Let us be inspired to continue striving for equality  because we deserve it, out daughters deserve it and the whole world needs it to happen.  

Julia de Burgos quote

justice sonia sotomayor quote

celia cruz forgive quote

dolores huerta quotes

What are some of your favorite quotes from strong women?

Please share the quotes that inspire you because it is sure to inspire others and ignite change.

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