Is your soul filled with wanderlust? Are you most content at home? Do you travel the world? Do local experiences give you what you need? Does your mind do the wandering for you, across photos, books, websites, stories read and heard?
Me? I'm not a big traveller, though I did journey out of the area more before having kidlets. I married a homebody who is quite content to enjoy the nest. And while we (or I) still take some jaunts around California, traveling isn't something we're partaking a whole lot in right now.
Thankfully, my Four Musketeers and especially my brother, like to travel and fill my head with their out of area adventures. Wanderlust and my brother are very well acquainted with each other. Sometime back I shared just a bit from his summer trek up to Mt. Everest Base Camp and if I can convince him to let me, I'd love to share some of his other travels across the continents.
In the meantime, in addition to the well travelled loved ones in my life, guess where I've turned to, filling my eyes with magical locales and destinations? If you said that place where many of us just can't stop clicking 'See More Pins' one more time, Pinterest, you hit the mark.
I keep two boards primarily geared towards this new armchair travelling: Dreamy Destinations and Favorite Places and Spaces. The first are places that peak my interest or are simply beautiful; the second, are places or approximations of spaces I've been.
These boards actually began as something else entirely. They began as visual inspiration to use when I write, fiction and/or memoir. Having a photograph to spark a memory or as a jumping point for a scene can put an entirely different spin on words click clacked out across the keyboard.
And now? I use my boards for both writing inspiration and the ever fabulous, entirely inexpensive armchair travelling. One of these days, I'll get to some of the destinations on my list, but in the meantime, just one more reason to read tales in exotic locales, wander the web, listen to friends' adventures, and keep pinning!
As a member of From Left to Write, I received a copy of the book. All opinions are my own.