I have two vices in life: 1) Coffee and 2) Travel. While the coffee buzz eventually fades, the travel one never seems too. Whether it’s chatting with my fellow travel enthusiasts on Twitter, surfing the Web to the far corners of the world or trying a new restaurant in my neighborhood, travel, in all forms, is my greatest inspiration. So, I guess it’s fitting to write an inspiration post on the topic that inspires me most, travel.
I love maps. Although I cannot read one if my life depended on it, there’s something about a map that sparks an adventure. In particular, I’m a sucker for vintage maps. Usually, I like my vintage maps simply crinkled with tattered edges and faded roads. Any other distractions take away from the treasure hunt. However, this little pussy cat cracks me up. Personified perfectly, Tara Fly has transformed Shrek’s, Puss in Boots, into a civilized army general. The contrast of the vintage map with the bold imagery of the Red Coat makes this print striking.
I could spend hours in a flea market going through vintage luggage (I think it’s a safe bet to say I love all things vintage). Wondering where they’ve travelled and who was their companion, is all a part of the fun. I’m especially drawn to Melinda Applegate‘s photograph because of the vibrant colors and vivid textures of the luggage. This picture makes me want to grab the cobalt blue suitcase and bolt for the border.
If you’ve ever been caught racing the clock to catch a plane, you have probably felt like Jacob Bielanski‘s Running Backpacker. I know I have. Perfect for the friend who’s always running late or the constant traveller, Jaco’s Running Backpacker would make a great ecard for those in your life who are constantly racing the clock.
I have jumped off cliffs. I have repelled down mountains. I have jumped out of an airplane. I have YET to take a hot air ballon ride. John Dalkin‘s photograph makes me want to do just that. John’s photograph is right out of a child’s imagination. The hot air ballon soaring into an orange sky as the sun beams streaks of light. Just spend a couple seconds and look and this photograph… you’ll start to feel like you’re drifting away.