Travel Inspiration Tuesday

I’ve been having a hard time getting inspired lately.  Maybe it’s this travel lull I’m in or perhaps it’s this rainy, cold weather.  Either way, I’ve been fighting to claw my way out of this funk.  And what do I do when I’m in need of inspiration?  Go for a walk, read a book, check out my favorite blogs, and so on.  In my recent search for inspiration, I’ve stumbled upon a few gems that I couldn’t help but share:

  1. I have been reading this amazing book, “Hold Still” by Sally Mann, that radiates with inspiration through the author’s passion for photography and love for her Virginia home.
  2. Recently, I’ve been looking into booking hotels for my Europe trip in September, and found this amazingly artful boutique hotel in Reykjavik, Hotel Holt,  and booked it immediately.
  3. I’ve just purchased a Nikon D3300, which was a pretty big investment for me.  I took it home to my parents’ house and snapped a few shots of their garden.  This is one of my favorites:
    Travel Inspiration Tuesday
  4. Geraldine of The Everywhereist has been making me actively stifle laughter at work as I read her hilarious attempts to thwart email spammers, which can be found here.
  5. This landed in my inbox via Lonely Planet and it spoke directly to my tendency to over-romanticize train rides.  All of these routes have been immediately added to my bucket list.
  6. I am absolutely dying to try this scrumptious looking recipe for Strawberry Cookies and Cream Cake from Joy the Baker.
  7. Scanning the Every Girl the other day, I came upon an article mentioning the Bus and Us and have been hooked on their road tripping adventures ever since.
  8. I went for a stroll beside Lake Michigan earlier this month, Beyonce’s Lemonade inspiring me as I walked.  Along the way, I snapped a photo for Instagram that I think is pretty striking:
    Travel Inspiration Tuesday
  9. I am trying to find a free weekend to plan a trip to the beautiful Matthiessen State Park, which is only an hour and a half drive from Chicago.
  10. And, finally: I thought this was really beautiful and everything I needed to hear at this exact moment.

What about you?  What inspires you? Where do you find you inspiration?

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