“Wanderlust: n. a strong desire for or impulse to wander or travel and explore the world”
Why do we wander, why do we travel, why do we have the insatiable need to Adventure, to connect, to explore the unknown? I am sure we have all seen the millions of quotes about wanderlust and travel and no matter how many times you see the quote it always brings forth a smile, a feeling, and a memory! And that simply is why I believe we must wander….to live and build a personal story that makes us smile or even cry…but to remember and learn about ourselves and the world!
Who am I?
My husband and I are currently traveling as much of the world as we can with our wonderful Wandering Pup…and Wandering Kitten! We both have a passion for traveling and always have.
Every week we try to go someplace that we have never been before! Last year we traveled 35,110 miles (56,504 km)! That’s the distance around the World 1.4x!! We visited 9 countries (Germany, Austria, France, The United States, Ethiopia, Kenya, Poland, Switzerland, and Italy). We are currently based in Germany and have so many Adventures planned on our Bucket List! Such a big world to explore! I love reading and watching all of your adventures and finding more hidden gems to explore!
Personally, I have visited
15 19 countries in total and visited 88% of the United States! I am only missing 6 states (visited 44 so far)..which definitely must be remedied soon!
2019 UPDATE: We visited 4 new countries (Iceland, England, Slovenia, and Croatia) that I had not previously been…so far this year. New tally 19 countries! Hopefully, the rest of 2019 brings even more new places to wander!
My husband has visited
17 20 countries in total and visited 90% of the United States! He is only missing 5 states (visited 45 so far)! He is slightly winning…but it is not that far of a lead 😉
The Wandering Pup loves to travel as well! Her name is Victoria and she is an almost 12-year-old Doberman Pinscher rescue. We recused her in Alabama and she was literally afraid of her shadow and wouldn’t move or even go outside without hours of coaxing. However, after almost 10 years she has come out of her shell and found a new passion in life for travel! It really does heal the soul! Her favorite places in the world now are Castles and if you say “Castle” she jumps up and wags her tail, ready for the next adventure! She has visited 36% of the United States (18 states), and 8 different countries!
Why I started this Blog
I currently post pictures from our Adventures every day to Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/my_darling_lets_wander/). I love following all of your profiles on there and saving the locations to my ever-growing Bucket List. It is kind of like a game! Sometimes I will see a beautiful picture of an obscure gate or a waterfall and I will plan a whole trip and search the town for that hidden location!
I also have a YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCW76Sdf74vWSPA5kK21Djdg where I post some videos from our travels! I try to include some history or folklore of the places we visit as I have always been interested in these aspects of travel! One of my favorite videos so far tells the story of a hidden treasure chest hidden under a waterfall in Iceland! Many people have tried to find the treasure but no one has yet to succeed, except for a gold ring that was pulled from the waters! The legend states:
Richly stacked in Þrasi’s Chest
Under Skogar’s waters cold.
Whosoever goes there first
will find wealth untold.
I also have a 5 minute Meditation Video Series, where you can spend 5 minutes just relaxing in a tranquil place that we found during our wanderings! If you would like to read more of the rationale behind why I created the series check out my blog post here https://mydarlingletswander.wordpress.com/2019/08/06/5-minute-meditation/
I also have a Pinterest profile (https://www.pinterest.com/MyDarlingWander/) which I religiously use to help plan the intricacies of our travels. I have found amazing blogs that offer information about restaurants in the area or where to get the perfect photo of a sunset over the Grand Canal in Venice! I have a board for every continent, and my dreamer self fully believes that we will visit every single one of these locations!!
I started this blog because when we plan our travels I always end up visiting like 10 or more websites, blogs, and travel reviews trying to prepare for the trip. Yet, as you know, no matter how much planning you do, there is always something else that happens of which you were unaware. Therefore, I am trying to put together a blog that encompasses all of this research and a few extra anecdotal tips and tricks. Personally, I would like to eventually use these blogs as a quick reference, combining everything from the Interwebs, Instagram, and Pinterest in one spot for when we visit the places again..and maybe you can use it to help you plan your adventures as well! Please feel free to comment on the blog, email me, or even contact me through Instagram or Pinterest with any more questions about the trip or any advice from your personal experience with traveling to the location! I love the travel community and I have connected with so many amazing people online that have taught me so much about traveling and adventure! So please feel free to share your Wanderlust and, My Darlings, Let’s Wander the Entire World!