Whenever my husband and I walked through a “kissing gate” in the Cotswolds we, well, kissed. Really. Just about every time. How romantic. Either that, or I’ve just told you too much information. I actually did not really know what a kissing gate was before we went to the Cotswolds. It [...]
Tue, Jan 27, 2015
The smell hits you before you can determine the source. The scent of sweet, caramelized batter and chocolate wafts over the ski slopes, tempting you like a siren lures a sailor. Kids beg, scream and cry for them. Adults describe encounters akin to epiphanies. If you’ve experienced it, then you [...]
Mon, Jan 26, 2015
Ski Gypsy Category: SKI GYPSY
ECCO Womens Ulterra Mid GTX Hiking Boots Weekends are perfect for exploring trails in local parks and soaking up nature. I’ve been wanting to take my newECCO Ulterra Mid GTX Hiking Boots for a spin and I was happy to finally hike inthese awesome hiking bootsalong one of Bay Area’s most [...]
Mon, Jan 26, 2015
TrailBound Category: TRAILBOUND
Travel + Leisure magazine predicts that this will be a year of expanding horizons. Planes will cover new routes, corporate motels will put money back into the community, meals will take place in local kitchens and hundreds of mobile apps will make vacations easier. Our journeys will take us further, [...]
Sun, Jan 25, 2015
Gone Workabout Category: GONE WORKABOUT
Today’s spa deal comes from The Sofitel in Los Angeles, California. Getting ready to pamper your love this Valentine’s Day and want to make it extra special for your “extra special” someone? Valentine’s Day can be expensive, but if you are going to go all out and spend the money for [...]
Fri, Jan 23, 2015
Spa Hopper Category: SPA HOPPER
I love to travel. Even when I long for the comfort of home, I always feel a little sad when we’re about to board that plane and head back. Here are six things I miss when I’m away from home: 1. My cat*: I think about her all the time when [...]
Fri, Jan 23, 2015
Pampers & Pakhlava Category: PAMPERS AND PAKHLAVA
I’ve been living as an expat off and on in Italy for about a year now, and I am always reminded about how you need to make a certain schedule for yourself while you are living abroad. When I first get settled in, I love this new-found freedom of being [...]
Fri, Jan 23, 2015
Gen Y Wanderer Category: GEN Y WANDERER
Weird Wanderings has been a little off-kilter over the last couple months (one post a week! posts on Sundays!), and while anunusual schedule for an unusual-themed blog might work in theory, this hasn’t been entirely by choice. Instead, thanks to my dad’s lifesaving double lung transplant, my family and I [...]
Fri, Jan 23, 2015
Weird Wanderings Category: WEIRD WANDERINGS
Fat bikes are quickly gaining momentum in the off-road cycling world. Withmonster-truck tires, solid frames, and rugged construction, these bikeslook like they can take it all on. So when I was sentthe Minnesota 2.0 Women’s Framed Fat Bike to try out for myself, I wanted to see if it rode [...]
Thu, Jan 22, 2015
WanderSpokes Category: WANDERSPOKES
The biggest travel puzzle in my mind is shoes. Most people suggest going on big trips (backpacking through Europe for example) with one or two pairs of shoes. Even then, you want those shoes to be as light and compact as possible. I consider myself pretty fashionable and pretty adventurous. Two [...]
Thu, Jan 22, 2015
WanderChic Category: WANDERCHIC
When is the last time you’ve been bored? According to New Tech City, a radioprogramon WNYC, a division of New York Public Radio, the average consumer checks their mobile device 150 times per day. I’m not surprised by that stat in the slightest and sheepishly certain I’m above average when [...]
Thu, Jan 22, 2015
Checking In Category: CHECKING IN
When it comes to nursing a to-go cup of coffee all day, I have resigned myself to the fact that the coffee does eventually cool down. Even though it doesn’t entirely bother me to get my caffeine fix from cold coffee, it goes without saying that hot coffee is where [...]
Thu, Jan 22, 2015
WanderDudes Category: WANDERDUDES
Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes once famously defined obscenity as “you know it when I see it.” This was later clarified to try to find that fine line between something someone may enjoy seeing, and someone may find offensive. A similar boundary exists with graffiti, when a property owner may see [...]
Wed, Jan 21, 2015
Global Snapshots Category: GLOBAL SNAPSHOTS
It must be the air on an airplane but pretty much the moment I sit down in my seat, I start to get tired and I generally fall asleep before we even leave the runway. I know. You hate me. I always request a window seat to make my napping easier. It [...]
Wed, Jan 21, 2015
Wanderluster Category: WANDERLUSTER
One of my favorite creative exercises is finding beauty in unconventional places. When it comes to gardens, wintertime doesn’t exactly scream “beautiful.” But I found nothing but beauty when visiting two impressive wine country gardens this weekend. Many wineries have gardens. They keep the soil rich, the bug population busy and [...]
Wed, Jan 21, 2015
WanderFood Category: WANDERFOOD
All relationships, including the relationships we have with where we live, have things we cannot accept. We call these things deal breakers. When Husband and I were considering moving abroad, I mentally scribbled down a deal breaker list: if it doesn’t have this I’m not considering it. If it doesn’t [...]
Tue, Jan 20, 2015
Expat Village Category: EXPAT VILLAGE
With the temperatures dipping into the single digits, it’s the perfect time of year to spend your evenings curled up on the couch with a giant bowl of popcorn and a cold beer, while watching a movie or two. But just what film should you choose? Well, here at Wanderlush, the [...]
Tue, Jan 20, 2015
Wanderlush Diary Category: WANDERLUSH DIARY
The Help by Kathryn Stockett has been around for a while. If you haven’t read it yet, go ahead and get a copy. It’s just as good now as it was when everyone was reading it in their book clubs and talking about it on TV. I gave it a [...]
Mon, Jan 19, 2015
WanderLit Category: WANDERLIT
A couple of flights ago a passenger stopped me mid service and asked, “did you study stewardessing in university?” And while my initial instinct was to respond with something sarcastic along the lines of “no I actually majored in magic”, I stopped myself as I realized he was genuinely asking. He [...]
Sat, Jan 17, 2015
Short Stops Category: SHORT STOPS
2014 was a year filled with new destinations that I had no idea I’d be visiting when the year started! It was also a year of personal loss. I’m so grateful for travel experiences because they allow me to reconnect with myself and heal in a way that’s indescribable. The year [...]
Thu, Jan 15, 2015
Wandering Artist Category: WANDERING ARTIST
For all the fun of frequent travels, wanderboomers know that stale cabinair and stuffy hotel rooms take a toll on your skin. Add a dose of wintry weather, and your once soft, silky skin is bound to become super dry, resulting in itching and flaking. Nota pleasant picture, is it? The [...]
Wed, Jan 14, 2015
WanderBoomer Category: WANDERBOOMER
With advertising for the50 Shades of Grey movie everywhere you look, you might be tempted to read (or re-read) the 2011 book that started it all. Learn from my mistake: if you decide to do so, do so in the privacy of your own home. When the book first came out [...]
Tue, Jan 13, 2015
Global Zen Category: GLOBAL ZEN
In places all over the world, from the pottery stalls of Oaxaca to the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, bargaining is a time-honored tradition. Though the specifics may vary, with some shopkeepers conducting their negotiations calmly over tea, and others shouting prices wildly from doorways, the founding principles are the same [...]
Sun, Jan 11, 2015
Uncharted Territory Category: UNCHARTED TERRITORY
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