What Inspires You to Travel?

What Inspires You to Travel

Over 13 years ago, Charles and I walked onto a Malaysia Airlines flight bound for Kuala Lumpur via Taipei.

We spent the next year exploring Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand.

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By then, we were bitten by the travel bug, and bitten hard.

To this day, I’m not entirely sure what inspired me to take that first step onto that flight. The inspiration may have come from stories from other travelers. Maybe it was the adventures promised between the pages of our guidebook. Maybe I was just born with the need to travel.

But we’d like to hear from YOU today.

We’d like to hear the reasons that get you on the road.

You can share a story about a person that inspired you to travel, or you can tell us something else that inspires your wanderlust.

We’d love to hear: What (or who) inspires YOU to travel?

Let us know in the comments below. We’re curious to hear!

Plus a Giveaway from Lonely Planet!

Even better, the folks at Raincoast Books are working with us to give away a prize pack of three great Lonely Planet titles: Ultimate Travelist, Lonely Planet’s Travel with Children, and How to Survive Anything.

Lonely Planet The Ultimate Travelist 800

The Lonely Planet’s Ultimate Travelist is due for release October 6, 2015, but we got a sneak copy.

This is a big book filled with jaw dropping photos of some of the world’s most interesting destinations. Some of the places, like the Galapagos and Cambodia’s Angkor Wat, are well known but we found some off the beaten path destinations as well, like the Salar de Uyuni (the world’s biggest salt lake) in Bolivia. The only downside to this book is that we can guarantee that your bucket list will probably grow exponentially by the time you’re done reading.

You can pre-order the Lonely Planet’s Ultimate Travelist on Amazon or your local bookstore.

Lonely Planet Travel with Children

Since we’ve traveled with our kids since they were tiny, and tackled five continents with them in the process, we were primed to like this book. This is an especially great book for those who are new to traveling with kids, with comprehensive coverage on kid-friendly destinations and trip preparation.

You can buy Lonely Planet’s Travel with Children on Amazon.

How to Survive Anything A Visual Guide to Laughing in the Face of Adversary

When How to Survive Anything first arrived, I set it on our coffee table. I was in the middle of sorting through piles of work, so it took me about a week before I had a chance to pick it up.

When that week was over, Cole (who’s 10) had read it cover to cover, and his sister Jordan (who’s six) had read a good chunk as well.

On top of that, every single person who came to visit us picked it up off the coffee table, and read it almost cover to cover.

So when I finally got a chance to pick up How to Survive Anything a week later, I was pretty curious as to what was keeping everyone so entertained.

Honestly, it’s a damn entertaining read.

Visually, the comic-book sketches make it read a lot like a graphic novel. Inside, there are sections on how to survive an eclectic mix of situations, including how to survive a spacewalk, an earthquake, and even locking yourself out of your hotel room naked. I hope never to need that last bit of information.

I’d highly recommend this as a coffee table book; it’s entertaining and funny, and it even gives some helpful practical advice.

You can buy How to Survive Anything on Amazon.

And now your chance to win!

Lonely Planet The Ultimate Travelist Travel With Children and How to Survive Anything

So how do you enter? It’s easy.

See the Rafflecopter widget below?

Just go to the Rafflecopter form below and enter your name and email, or log in with Facebook.

The contest runs from midnight (PSE) Sept 25 2015 to midnight (PST) on Oct 10, 2015. The giveaway is open to residents of Canada only, excluding Quebec, aged 18 or over. The winner will be contacted via email.

The winner will get a copy of all three books!

  • Lonely Planet’s Ultimate Travelist
  • How to Survive Anything
  • Travel with Children

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Raincoast books supplied us with copies of the books for our personal use and the giveaway. As usual, all opinions are our own. This contest is open to Canadian residents only, excluding Quebec. 

13 Responses

  1. Surabhi

    Beautiful photos! Every picture I see of Iceland is so impressive, so I can only imagine how unbelievable it would be to see these landscapes in person.

  2. Robin Rue (@massholemommy)

    I love to travel and see new places. Even if it’s just a daytrip – if it’s new, I want to go explore it!

  3. Lee

    I love getting away on my own. I know that sounds awful since I have a family but flying and being in a hotel just me and probably spending time with just my friends brings me back to a time with no responsibility. <3

  4. Crystal

    I love to travel, and am trying to fit in more trips with my entire family. I hope that my children glean a love for the world around them also.

  5. Valerie Remy-Milora

    So many things inspire me to travel including my fascination with other cultures and people! I went to college as a Chinese and Political science major with the intent of becoming a diplomat because I’ve always wanted to build bridges uniting people on our similarities.. Politics are not for me though but I still crave immersing myself in other cultures… In fact… I’ll be going to Kuala Lumpur at the end of November and I cannot wait! I’m sure you can share you favorite spots with me 🙂 Those books all sound fabulous and just what my little one would enjoy!

  6. Allison

    I would say that family memories inspire me to travel. I want my son to experience it all as he grows up so that he can look back on those experiences as an adult.

  7. Melissa

    So many different things inspire me to travel! My children, history of a location, the beauty of a location, a romantic getaway with my husband!

  8. Raijean

    The idea of getting away is what inspires me to travel. Mama needs to get away and regroup from time to time.

  9. Rachel

    I love this. I love to travel and see new things all for the sake of the explorer in me… and I love to make memories with my kids. 🙂

  10. Alessandra Novelli

    It’s great to read about all the other inspirations! For me travelling is staying open-minded, I might travel somewhere far away were the customs are different and people don’t act like I’d suspect. It’s important to listen, then and see things from another perspective. The same goes for the same old-places you visit everyday – I live in a region that attracts many tourists and sometimes I don’t appreciate that. Then it’s important to look around you again and see things from another perspective.
    I love travelling, you learn so much about yourself, others, history…


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