Travel Musings & Inspiration

Travel Intrigue : North Korea

North Korea

This past week I circled back around to one of my biggest curiosities : North Korea. A few years ago I was lost in the depths of the internet and googling backpacking trips in Iran. I had no intention of going, but I was pretty amazed to see the vast number of travel companies, and the large number of rave reviews from travelers all over the world. That spurred me thinking about tourism in places that never really seem to make the front of the brochure, the last places you’d actually take a holiday. Thus beginning my obsession with North Korea. Usually…
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New Book Obsession – The Kingkiller Chronicle

As previously documented on the blog, I love to read. I will happily devour any book put in front of me, but am much pickier about those I choose to recommend. The Kingkiller Chronicle series by Patrick Rothfuss was so exceptional, I’ve wasted no time in buying it, lending it out, and recommending it to anyone who will listen. This is noteworthy because I only buy books once I know they’re worth owning. The first two books of the trilogy, The Name of the Wind and The Wise Man’s Fear, in addition to three novellas have currently been released, with…
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Travel Plans that have fallen through

Grace recently wrote about changing travel plans at the last-minute when her time in Spain was less than perfect due to the weather. Her experience got me thinking about all the times my travel plans have changed (whether last-minute or with more notice) for better and worse. Never going to Mont St. Michel Mont St. Michel is THE thing everyone raves about doing in Normandy. I planned to go on a day field trip to the abbey with my University. However, the sign up list for the field trip was full by the time I got to the office to register…
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Books that Made Me Want to Travel – Amelia Peabody

The Amelia Peabody Series by Elizabeth Peters takes place in late 19th and early 20th century Egypt and England. They are my favorite books of all time and have inspired many of my travel fantasies. I could attempt to review the first book, Crocodile on the Sandbank (and the subsequent 18 books in the series plus compendium!) but in reality they are the most formative and perfect books I have ever read, and any attempt at literary analysis would devolve into the written equivalent of incoherent sobbing. Instead, I’ll link to Orson Scott Card’s review, which does a great job of…
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The Royal We and the Myth of Study Abroad

The Royal We, written by Jessica Morgan and Heather Cocks of Go Fug Yourself fame, is the tale of an American College student who studies abroad at Oxford for a semester. While there, she meets and falls in love with the heir to the heir of the British Crown (the first of many parallels to a certain royal couple). It’s unsurprisingly very fun (the comparison of the characters actions to an “unofficial biography” are especially hilarious), but gets a bit bogged down in the end due to the number of increasingly ridiculous dramatic subplots. Also, it hates on the Yankees fairly…
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Stuck Stateside – How to Stay Motivated to Travel

For the first time since I was 18, at age 23 I did not get a single stamp in my passport. My limited travels exclusively occurred in such exotic places as Florida and New Jersey for an entire year of my life. Unless a trip pops up between now and September (which it might!) 25 might be exactly the same. This is especially difficult to stomach for two reasons. (1) I haven’t set foot on European soil since 2012 and (2) after a whirlwind university experience which included three international trips spent in five countries, two additional trips to the…
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