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September, 2014

Greetings, Wanderluster!

Beth and JonI am now counting the days until we (Jon and I and our small group) leave for the Snowman Trek in Bhutan. You could say this 25-day, 220-mile trek across the Himalayas is my Be Bold moment (OK, a few moments!). I’ll be offline during the trek but you can bet you’ll be hearing all about it afterward (mid-October). Um, wish me luck?!

A big thank you for your vote(s) and making Wanderlust and Lipstick USA Today’s Best Budget Travel Blog! Well, officially I won, but really, the honor goes to our entire team. But more than anything, this win shows the dedication of you, our Wanderlusters, who showed support by voting us to the top. I hope this bit of 10Best Readers' Choicerecognition helps spread our message of encouraging more women to get out and discover the world.

In tour news…it’s a bit last minute, but we just had a cancellation on our Thailand and Laos tour in November. Interested? Email me right away.



November 1 – 13, 2014
Northern Thailand and Laos Hill Tribe Cultural TourONE SPOT NOW OPEN!
See the full itinerary

February 15 – 27, 2015
Myanmar (Burma) Women-only Culture and Pagoda TourALREADY 1/3 FULL!
See the full itinerary


March 22 – April 4, 2015
Vietnam and Cambodia Women-only TourHALF FULL!
See the full itinerary

May 10 – 14, 2015
New Orleans Culinary TourALREADY 1/3 FULL!
See the full itinerary

June 3 – 7, 2015
Santa Fe Culinary Tour HALF FULL!
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June 24 – 28, 2015
Seattle Culinary TourHALF FULL!
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August 8 – 20, 2015
Papua New Guinea Mt Hagen Show Cultural TourSOLD OUT!
See the full itinerary

September 15 – 29, 2015
Bali and Java TourSOLD OUT!

See the full itinerary

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**New WanderBloggers**

Robyn Porteen
Global Snapshots - Robyn PorteenA business owner and photographer, Robyn lives for travel and adventure. She has traveled the world and has been hired to capture the essence of different countries with her camera, telling the story of the culture and influences residing there while winning many awards for her work.

robyn has a huge bucket list of excursions in the next decade and is always on the lookout for the next adventure. Her other passions are handbag design for her company, Porteen Gear, culinary art and planning her future expeditions. Some of her recent travels have been to Israel, Ireland, France, Australia, the United Kingdom and many areas of the United States. See her captures at Global Snapshots.


Wander Recommendations

On the Bookshelf
The Adventure Travelers HandbookThe Adventure Traveler’s Handbook
by Nellie Huang
I know Nellie and I loved reading the backstory of how she was a reluctant adventurer at first but learned to push beyond invisible boundaries to become an adventurous traveler (and successful business woman!). Her book is a mixture of practical tips and inspirational stories and an excellent guide for those wanting to explore new ways to travel.
The Adventure Traveler's Handbook

In the iPod
Mali OverdriveMali Overdrive by Anansy Cisse
So much great music comes out of West Africa but it’s a shame there’s so much unrest that we can’t visit to experience it for ourselves. At least we have CDs like this from Anansy Cisse. Anansy mixes traditional music with distorted, electric guitar playing. This definitely has the sound of West Africa but with a bit of a twist.
Mali Overdrive

In the DVD
Desert Runners
Desert Runners
If you ever need motivation for doing something, watch Desert Runners. This follows the story of a handful of non-professional athletes as they basically run ultra-marathons across four deserts, all in one year. This is a fantastic documentary about the willpower we all posses but rarely need (or want) to tap into.

Desert Runners


WanderGear Review
Nite Ize Gear Nite Ize Gear
Nite Ize produces a wide range of practical (yet fun) items that are great for travel, camping and beyond. Check out their small flashlights, caribiners, gear ties and much more. I’ve found these to come in handy as packing accessories that I didn’t know I needed but now love. Read more here…


Parting Words

“It is a strange thing to come home. While yet on the journey, you cannot at all realize how strange it will be.” ~ Selma Lagerlof

Til next month…

Travel Well!


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