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Check Out Our Hardcover Book, Dame Traveler: Live the Spirit of Adventure

It’s finally here! Our very first, Dame Traveler photography / coffee table book published with Ten Speed Press of Penguin Random House – “Dame Traveler: Live The Spirit Of Adventure.

This book has been the ultimate goal (and absolute dream) since Dame Traveler’s creation many years ago. Seeing it come to life in print is a feeling BEYOND words can say. We simply cannot wait to see it in your hands and in your homes. It’s a dream to imagine seeing copies of it out in the world, creased and filled with bookmarks and notes, loved and worn, passed on and gifted to fellow female traveler friends.

The time for armchair travel is now. Without a doubt, the world has greatly shifted in the wake of Covid-19. Travel restrictions and the gravity of potentially putting others at risk or overwhelming local healthcare systems are serious, complicated and heart wrenching considerations for those of us who long (and live) to explore.

Our dream is that the #dametravelerbook transports you to every corner of our beautiful planet. We hope you sift through each page and imagine yourself there, soaking in cultural experiences, scaling mountaintops, learning from locals, discovering new, untouched European towns or road tripping through America.

Even if your travel plans have halted and you’re Social Distancing to help Flatten the Curve, the world is still your oyster. And we hope each and every page keeps that fire to adventure glowing until the right time comes to hop on that plane.

Today, we’re thrilled to give you an inside sneak peak into our premiere hardback book, which you can order here!

At A Glance

Combining breathtaking collection of the unseen images of the women within the Dame Traveler community, empowering messages and planning tips for female travelers and secret recommendations – “Dame Traveler: Live The Spirit Of Adventure” is a coffee table photo book you’ll love to sift through to collect stories, inspiration and more. Each page is filled with some of the most thrilling, awe-inspiring photos made by women boldly traveling the world and sharing their stories. It’s a collection and celebration of the diversity and bravery of women who are not afraid to think (and live) outside the box.

Featured inside:

  • All female contributors – With a serious focus on diversity, you’ll find women of all abilities, races, religions, sizes and identities inside each chapter. Each woman included into the book showcase their discoveries, artistry and inside knowledge acquired through their individual experiences.
  • Over 200 breathtaking, full color images – 80% of the photographs included inside are never before seen on Dame Traveler’s Instagram.
  • “DT Insider Tips” – A resource list of recommendations  straight from Dame Travelers’ experiences, including favorite neighborhoods, specific locations of photo vantage points, hotel recommendations and historical tidbits.
  • History of Dame Traveler’s creation – An in-depth backstory of the brand’s creation, as well as the triumphant story of Nastasia Yakoub, founder and author.
  • Safety tips for women – A curated list of our best and often overlooked safety tips specifically for women traveling solo.

Chapter Preview

When planning the structure of the book, we wanted to bring to life the four core themes of  travel experiences- architecture, nature, culture and water. Each category features travel information, plus tips, resources, advice, unique solo-travel experiences, and wisdom from contributing Dame Traveler found on each page. It’s glance into the stunning beauty and discoveries made around the world, organized by the four desires most of us set to find when we depart on our next trip. Here’s a quick preview of what you’ll find in each chapter!

Architecture

Ranging from the ancient tombs of royalty of the past, to the intricately designed spaces of the French Nouveau, to the minimalist, futuristic buildings in today’s metropolises… our Architecture chapter features some of the world’s most storied and mind-blowing spaces around the world. Explore the world through its ancient and modern spaces alike through the lenses of women who have uncovered some of the coolest spaces with the most legendary pasts.

A Special Look Into Our Upcoming Dame Traveler Book

Nature

The sparse and open spaces of the driest deserts juxtaposed next to dense, lush jungles… when creating our Nature chapter, we set out to feature the astounding beauty of the natural world. Inside, you’ll find the best inside knowledge outdoor enthusiast Dame Travelers have learned from their many treks around the globe.

A Special Look Into Our Upcoming Dame Traveler Book

Culture

If it’s connection you are seeking in your travels, our Culture chapter is sure to enthrall you. Expect purpose-driven explorations, hallowed spaces, stories from friendships made with locals and thoughtful itineraries that educate just as much as they excite.

A Special Look Into Our Upcoming Dame Traveler Book

Water

There’s nothing more peaceful and rejuvenating than the beauty of water, is there? Inside our Water chapter, we delve into the world’s fascinating forms of water. From refreshing, undiscovered swimming pools, to the pristine beaches of far off islands, to the natural hot springs used for restoration… this chapter is a deep dive into the power and the peace that water brings.

A Special Look Into Our Upcoming Dame Traveler Book


Thank you so much for supporting our biggest and wildest dream! It goes without saying that this would not have come into life without the amazing community of women within Dame Traveler. We thank you so much and hope you love the book as much as we do!

 

 

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The Best Gifts for the New York City Lover

They say New York is the city that never sleeps. They call New York “the big apple,” a concrete jungle, a feast of culture and life. But those who call Manhattan and its surrounding boroughs home… the heartbeat of this city is enthralling, addicting and… truthfully, soul enriching. Visitors who have also fallen in love with New York know its undeniable charm and grit. If you happen to be shopping for a lover of NYC, we’ve curated a list of some of our favorite items and gift ideas. Here’s our gift guide for lovers of New York!

Brooklyn Airline’s Tote

New Yorkers know the feeling well. “I Hate Leaving New York.” Brooklyn Airline’s cheeky tote bag will make New York lovers giggle.  Give your New-York-loving friend a laugh and this handy, screen printed gem of a tote bag so they can wear their favorite city with pride.

Contribute to the Greater Good with Social Goods

Based in NYC. Social Goods makes bold statements with their awesome designs and every purchase you make includes a donation to a nonprofit driving real change for the issue at-hand. And to better support the work happening on-the-ground, they offer the ability to connect directly with that nonprofit. From additional education and financial contributions to taking action in your community, you can continue to support in a number of ways thrugh purchasing from Social Goods! Some of our favorites are the New York Woman Tee,  the New York Woman Sweatshirt and the New York Tough Hoodie!

Lifestyle Goods by Lower East Side Artisans, New York x New York

New York x New York is the real deal and I absolutely love their products. From stickers to Ts to mugs, their logo makes a statement and we are here for it. Via their website:

“NYNY began in the Lower East Side in a small lounge on Eldridge St, it was one of the last remaining cultural outposts in a neighborhood that has been hit hard by gentrification (colonization). The party began as a way of connecting the past, present, and future of the city — a space for a New York-born generation, the kids of immigrants to the city, and for anyone tied to the community-centered experience we remember as hip-hop. The word was spread about the party through text message only, we trusted that if you got the password and the video flyer, then we could trust you to pass it on to the right people too.

As time has passed the legend has grown and the once underground party that brings you the real NY vibe now sells out shows wherever we go, from Miami to Hong Kong to Tokyo. Home to resident DJ GETLIVE! and superstar guest DJs from Clark Kent to Vashtie to Kid Capri. We’re staying active in 2020 — dropping apparel collabs and expanding our global brand platform with digital experiences. All while laying the groundwork for live activations as soon as the world is ready for us. Be a part of it — NEWYORK NEWYORK.

Joya’s Foxglove & Âmes Sœurs Candles

For New Yorkers, both native and new residents alike, our apartments are a sanctuary we curate carefully and intentionally. With smaller square footage, each and every item must have a purpose… and have something beautiful to offer. That’s why we’re obsessed with Joya’s candles. They’re gorgeous and their Foxglove candle has a delicious scent we love – think the perfect blend of citrus orange, salt meadow grass, oak, musk and jasmine. As is their Âmes Sœurs candle (which translates to “soul mates”) – the perfect addition to set a cozy, romantic vibe at home. And both are beautiful to look at to boot!

Baronfig’s NYC Softcover Notebooks & Copper Rollerball Pen

New Yorkers who love an old school notebook to write down their goals, dreams and keep themselves on track will adore Baronfig’s New York City Softcover Notebooks. The hand drawn illustrations of “commute life” in the city are adorable and relatable in the most humorous way! If you’re shopping for a cute set, we love their Copper Rollerball Pen to go with. City slickers know there’s know there’s nothing like whipping out a sleek and sturdy pen to use, no matter if you’re signing off on a receipt or signing your first book deal.

“New York In Bloom” Book

Only New Yorkers really get to see the city burst into life in all the seasons. But without a doubt, spring is something special in the city that never sleeps. That’s why we’re obsessed with “New York In Bloom” – the perfect hardcover photography book that highlights beautiful floral, botanical details found nestled in the city’s iconic architecture. It’s the perfect coffee table book for a New York lover’s living room.

Pretty City New York

New Yorkers and New-York-obsessed travelers alike will adore this photo journalistic look into the world of Pretty City New York.” We’ve been obsessed with Instagrammer Siobhan Ferguson’s photos of some of the world’ most famous cities in the world. Through the pages of this book, you’ll get a look into the hidden gems she discovers in the city that never sleeps. Think artisan boutiques, market scenes, quaint alleys and the nooks and crannies of New York that typical tourists may not be aware of. It’s sure to make you want to book a trip to the Big Apple!

Brooklyn Based Fragrance Brand

Apotheke’s deep woody scent “Charcoal” is the perfect cozy scent for your home. We love the lotion and the liquid soap but the line also carries candles, diffusers and more, all made in Brooklyn.

Brooklyn Soapworks

We’re absolutely obsessed with Brooklyn Soapwork’s streamlined skincare and handcrafted bar soaps! They pack allllll the skincare you’d ever need in a bar – meaning less waste and more sustainability and incorporate all the same premium oils you’d find in high end skincare lines. We happen to love that each bar is made with love in the good ol’ BK to!

A Simple NYC Tee

Nothing shows your love for the city more than a classic, simple and cute t-shirt touting its name! This special edition NYC Tee is made from organic cotton slub and embroidered with a custom New York design. But what really makes us proud to wear this comfy and adorable tee is that 50% of the sales go to the NYC Fund for Public Health in their efforts fighting COVID-19. It’s a fashionable way to give back to those who have directly saved lives in our city!

Adventures Close to New York City

For those who love the city but need a break from the hustle and bustle, we love love this Easy Weekend Getaways in the Hudson Valley & Catskills guide by Carly Fisher.

 

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This Is the Year to Start the Blog You’ve Always Wanted to Start and Here’s How

This Is the Year to Start the Blog You've Always Wanted to Start and Here's How

With a new year comes new inspiration and resolutions to propel us to new heights. If you’ve always dreamed of one day having your own blog to share your travels, your style or even your day-to-day thoughts… this is your year.

It’s been about five years since the formation of Dame Traveler’s blog, and over this time we’ve collected some outstanding resources for new, or soon-to-be bloggers. Here they are!

Beginner Steps on How to Start a Blog

Find A Niche

Many influencers in the past have claimed that “blogging is dead” – but we wholeheartedly disagree. Sure, we live in a oversaturated media age… but by no means does that mean there isn’t room at the table for everyone. Each one of us has a perspective and a voice worth hearing. It’s time to share yours! There is an audience out there begging for your knowledge, your style, your voice. Do it, girlfriend.

Finding a “niche” comes down to getting clear about your passions, as well as targeting problems you are capable of solving or areas of need. For example, if you are incredibly passionate about outdoor adventures, look into competitive blogs out there and see what is missing or you’d personally had loved to see years ago when you started.

Pick A Name

What’s in a name? Choosing a name for your blog is perhaps one of the hardest elements for most! Some things to note, choose a name that stands the test of time. This is not the time to get too trendy! As years pass, many bloggers have turned to more classic names (or even changed their branding to simply be their name).

Choose evergreen qualities associated with your ideals or mission. Make a list of words and descriptors associated with your niche and your pathos/ethos, see what sticks! And from there, simplify once more. Your name should be simple enough for new readers to remember!

P.S. changing your name down the road isn’t the biggest headache… so don’t get bogged down in this step of the process or have it stop your progress! Move forward with something that fits, you can always change it later if needed.

This Is the Year to Start the Blog You've Always Wanted to Start and Here's How

Domain

After you’ve picked a name, it’s time to commit! Buying a domain is simple and straightforward. Choose a reliable registrar (we happen to love using GoDaddy) and run a domain name search to see if yours is available. This can get a bit picky in today’s day and age as many domains have been used or are already existing by other users… so get creative. A simple change your “.com” to something similar to “.co” will do… or add hyphens between words.

Side note: be sure your name’s social media handle is available in some shape or form!

WordPress / Plugins

There are many other blogging platforms others adore, so be sure to do your research. We’re huge fans of WordPress‘s customization, and can’t argue with its price point for beginning bloggers. Another huge benefit to WordPress it that all users own all of their content. Plus, it’s a simple integration from your domain website and presto! Once you’ve gotten set up on WordPress, it’s time to download some plugins to streamline your blog’s functionality. Some of our favorites include: YoastSEO, Classic Editor, WP Instagram Widget, Really Simple SSL, JetPack by WordPress.com, and Contact Form. 

This Is the Year to Start the Blog You've Always Wanted to Start and Here's How

Template

Templates are a blast to explore once you’ve set up the backend of your blog! When searching for a template, it’s important to choose a theme that stays true to your “brand” – colors, fonts and layout cannot be overlooked. If you have no idea where to start, start sifting through your favorite websites and see how they organize their websites. Do you enjoy having a series of blog posts mentioned on your homepage, or are you looking for a journal-esque entry? What fonts do you love? Do you like clean, minimal templates or detailed, playful ones? WordPress has many templates to experiment with (ours is the Rosemary Theme)… so just start trying! There are also amazing template designers out there too, so don’t be afraid to reach out to theme/template creators if you’re willing to invest.

This Is the Year to Start the Blog You've Always Wanted to Start and Here's How

Our Standby Resources

Once you’ve got a solid foundation for your blog, it’s time to get into the fun stuff! Below are some of our standout resources we’d happily invest in over and over again.

This Is the Year to Start the Blog You've Always Wanted to Start and Here's How

Replica Surfaces

Foodies know that having a handful of props helps any and all shooting circumstances. We discovered Replica Surfaces earlier this year and are obsessed with their photography backdrops. They’re lightweight, realistic backdrops to photograph any time, anywhere with. Their textures and portability can’t be beat!

This Is the Year to Start the Blog You've Always Wanted to Start and Here's How

Fujifilm X-T20 or Fujifilm X-T30

If photography is something you’re hoping to delve into with your blog, the Fujifilm X-T20 or the Fujifilm X-T30 are excellent mirrorless cameras that pack a punch. Needless to say, the ability to capture stunning photographs is a crucial element to blogging in today’s day and age… so investing in an excellent started camera with advanced settings like these are a must. (P.S. read more our photography gear and tech resources here.

This Is the Year to Start the Blog You've Always Wanted to Start and Here's How

Google Pixel 4XL

If you’re a soon to be blogger on the go, the Google Pixel 4XL is an awesome addition to your line up. The camera on it are just as high of quality than many other beginner point and shoot cameras (if not better)! P.S. if you’re looking to upgrade your smartphone travel photography skills… read this post!

This Is the Year to Start the Blog You've Always Wanted to Start and Here's How

Google Analytics

To deeply understand your blog’s growth and content your readers are referring to… or to brainstorm some goals month to month, Google Analytics is your go-to resource! Google Analytics is a web analytics service that reports traffic on your blog, giving you insight and a clear idea on what’s most popular. You can also easily see where your followers are coming from, from the keywords that drew them to your site and what content they’re engaging with most. It’s a one-stop look into the details of your blog’s growth!

Tailwind

Tailwind has completely refreshed and rejuvenated our Pinterest posts! Essentially, Tailwind is a Pinterest scheduling app that uses an algorithm to identify when your posts will reach the biggest audience and the best engagement. It also re-shares evergreen content that is re-pinned and loved by Pinterest followers too. Tailwind is not only a streamlined way to keep on top of Pinterest, but it’s grown our blog readership tenfold!

This Is the Year to Start the Blog You've Always Wanted to Start and Here's How

Canva

Canva is an excellent resource to create graphic designs yourself that align with your blog’s branding and design. Whether a Instagram Story template that directs your followers to a new blog post, or a collaged collection or photos for a chic roundup post… Canva has a design for everything. They also have printing services too! Perfect for business cards and other PDF designs you may make.

This Is the Year to Start the Blog You've Always Wanted to Start and Here's How

Presets

If you’re ready to start upping your photography skills with your new blog, experimenting with photography looks is a fun step of the process. Finding a look and vibe that you’re excited by is a crucial step of the creative process and presets can help!

Find Us Lost Presets

We love Find Us Lost Presets, especially their full collection of Adobe Lightroom presets, inspired by various destinations they’ve traveled to. You’ll find endless options, no matter what lighting situation you shot in during your travels, as well as a really handy editing tutorial video and installation guide to answer any questions you run into! (P.S. if you’re on Instagram and not following Find Us Lost, stop what you’re doing right now and do so. We’re obsessed!)

This Is the Year to Start the Blog You've Always Wanted to Start and Here's How

Bon Traveler Lightroom Presets

Another of our favorite photo editing collections is Bon Traveler’s Lightroom Presets! Created by Jessica Wright (one of our favorite travel photographers and bloggers), these presets have such a dreamy, creamy tone to them. Created to take out the guessing when it comes to editing photos – these presets are balanced, have the hues and luminance to create a warm “vibe” to each snap you’ve captured. You’ll find each collection has a desktop or mobile option to choose from, which is perfect for synching up any smartphone photos with your DSLR shots for a uniform look. We also love that each collection mentions what they were inspired by and how Jessica uses them for various locations.

This Is the Year to Start the Blog You've Always Wanted to Start and Here's How

Everybody Lies Book

If Instagram growth and monetization are your two biggest goals after establishing your blog – read “Everybodies Lies” and thank us later! It’s a dive deep into the world of social media, candidly uncovering the experts and influencers’ unspoken secrets. If you’re at all curious about what it takes for entrepreneurs and aspiring influencers do to cultivate their audience, this book breaks it down in a simplified and streamlined manner. Expect all the tips and tricks you won’t find anywhere on the internet!

This Is the Year to Start the Blog You've Always Wanted to Start and Here's How

 


We truly believe this is the time to really start that blog you’ve always dreamed of creating. Happy blogging!

Featured Photography Tech

A Look Inside Nastasia’s Photography and Tech Gear

A Look Inside Nastasia's Travel Photography Gear

Easily the question I get most often as a full-time traveler and photographer is what gear I use and what I’d recommend most. So, today I wanted to share an inside look at my stand-by travel photography gear!

​​​​​​​Truth be told, I’m a pretty minimal, no-frills photographer. I believe in investing in quality gear that does the job over have every gadget under the sun. So, the items you’ll see in this list are those that choose to carry with me – they’re sturdy and absolutely reliable.

Canon EOS R Mirrorless Digital Camera

The Canon EOS R Mirrorless Digital Camera is so lightweight and great for travel, while still maintaining the image quality and vibrant colors of its heavier counterparts in the Canon family!

I use two lenses for shooting with this camera. One being the Canon RF 24-105mm F4 L IS Lens, which comes with the camera itself. I love it because it doesn’t require an adapter and has an excellent wide range.

The second lens I carry with me is my trusty 16-35mm Ultra Wide Angle Zoom Lens. I love shooting wide to capture the effect you see on @dametraveler (small woman subject in juxtaposition with a grand, epic landscape). This one is a must for me! It’s also great for interior shots and hotel rooms. That being said, this one does require an adapter, so be sure to get that if you’re looking for a similar set up!

A Look Inside Nastasia's Travel Photography Gear

If you’re perusing any sort of gear, I love shopping at the Adorama store in New York City as well as their awesome website. as my one-stop shop for all things photography.

For Beginners: Sony Alpha a6000 Mirrorless Camera

This is my favorite camera ever. It was my very first camera when I started travel blogging and I still use it from time to time. It’s discreet and super light weight but takes incredibly sharp and beautiful photos. Small but mighty! I highly recommend this as a beginner camera as it’s also easy to use and you can change out the lenses.

 

Sony a7R III Mirrorless Camera

I’m also a big fan of the Sony a7R III Mirrorless Camera which is a bit on the pricey end but a great investment if your skills are a bit more advanced and you’re using it professionally. It eventually pays for itself!


 



Sony FE 24-105mm f/4 G OSS E-Mount Lens

I’ve been using this zoom lens a ton lately because I got tired of carrying so many lenses and having to constantly change them out. The zoom is super crisp and is great for street photography and landscapes.



 


DJI Mavic Mini CP

This mini-drone by DJI is everything! It’s a tiny wonder that weighs the same as an iPhone, but packs a serious punch in terms of flight control, and simplified flying experience. Given the precious space my backpack is, I’m super grateful for its small and compact size! With 30 minute maximum flight time that can be synched up with my iPhone to view the perspectives I’m aiming for easily, there’s nothing better if you ask me! I purchased this gem at Adorama (one of my absolute favorite camera gear stores in the world!), and I could not be blown away.

 

DJI Mavic Mini

Fujifilm instax Mini Instant Camera

Such a fun and easy way to create nostalgic and vintage looking photos in an instant! I love the Fujifilm instax Mini Instant Camera as it comes in many colors, the price point is reasonable and it’s lightweight.





Mophie PowerStation

This portable battery is a game changer simply because I love how reliable it is in all circumstances! It charges over twenty hours for my iPhone and is specially made to coordinate with Apple products. s. Its two USB ports on the side allow me to charge other stuff all at once. Plus, it’s slim and easy slides right into my bag! Another little fun feature this guy has is that it will prioritizing charging your tech when plugged into the wall, then charge itself afterward. Genius!



Zagg InvisibleSHIELD iPhone Screen Protector

Speaking of protection, having a great tempered glass screen protector for your phone is a must. Knowing that if you accidentally drop your phone won’t result in a serious headache feelings amazing. I love this one by Zagg for iPhone because its slim but sturdy, 100% clear and bubble free.



Incase Neoprene Classic Sleeve For MacBook 13″

I love this simple laptop sleeve for its reliability and its plush details. Inside it has the coolest faux-fur lining that helps prevent scratches on your laptop and, yet, it’s still lightweight and slim.

 

Adjustable Cell Phone Stand

I love this hands free cell phone stand that’s easy to store and travel with and most importantly, gives your hands and fingers a break!

DJI OM 4 Handheld Gimbal

I love using the new DJI OM 4 Hnadheld Gimbal  to capture super smooth videos while I’m out and about. The gimbal gives your videos a high quality, cinematic effect and it’s super lightweight, easy to carry. Just snap it onto the magnetic attachment to your phone and you’re good to go!


 

A Look Inside Nastasia's Travel Photography Gear

I hope you all enjoyed an inside look at my travel photography gear! If you have any other questions about gear, don’t be shy. I’d love to help!

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12 Films That Will Inspire Any Woman To Travel

Sometimes, travel inspiration comes in unexpectedly. It can happen through the pages of books, conversations, photos and life changing meals. But we’d be lying if we didn’t tell you that some of our biggest travel inspo comes directly from films. Yep, some of our biggest wanderlust strikes in the midst of compelling movies set in far off places. Today, we wanted to share twelve of our favorite films that will inspire any woman to travel this world!

Wild

1,100 miles of extreme solitude and wrestling the natural elements of the Pacific Crest Trail. Cheryl Strayed’s journey from the Mojave Desert to Washington State isn’t just her ticket to recovery, but also to fulfillment and courage. “Wild” had our hearts pounding, and we’re sure it will inspire you to reconnect with nature and push your boundaries externally and internally.

Roman Holiday

Is there a more classic travel film? We think not! Audrey Hepburn stole our hearts in her iconic role as rule-breaking Princess Ann, who gleefully whisks herself free from her royal schedule for a night in Rome. If there’s a more charming travel movie, call us liars!

Lost In Translation

After feeling trapped in the confines of their hotel, a neglected woman and a has-been actor form an unlikely friendship… and their boredom is dashed aside after they take on the bright lights of Tokyo awaiting them. This film’s cinematography brings the intense beauty of Japan to life. It’ll be hard not to book a one-way flight to the eclectic, ancient island nation.

Eat, Pray, Love

The journey to self discovery comes in many forms… and Eat, Pray, Love proves it. Told from the perspective of a woman who sets her sights on a new life’s direction, this movie is jam packed with all the good stuff women travelers hope for. Discovery, enlightenment, deliciousness, romance – it’s all there. We love how Eat, Pray, Love illustrates how travel brings more than beautiful destinations, but lots of self reflection and awareness.

P.S. we’re big fans of the book too! Check out some of our other fave female-focused travel books.

Thelma & Louise

The ultimate road trip movie! The dynamic duo take a trip of a lifetime, while escaping the law and finding love and discovery along the way. “Thelma & Louise” is a story of friendship formed over intense experiences together – quite like those we experience when traveling. Wouldn’t you agree?

Away We Go

The travel movie we’d recommend to any young couple. While awaiting the birth of their first baby, Burt and Verona travel across America searching for the perfect “home” for their new family. Their misadventures across the country bring them closer to old friends, and ultimately each other and themselves. We love the message of this movie – home isn’t always a place. It can be so much more than that.

Under The Tuscan Sun

A writer impulsively buys a villa in Tuscany – and the plot ensues! (Don’t we all wish this was our own reality?) After a heartbreaking divorce, Frances Mayes finds herself in Italy surrounded by new faces and unknown territory. “Under The Tuscan Sun” is the perfect movie for any female traveler making a big change in her life. Tuscany is truly the star of this film!

Out Of Africa

Africa’s stunning natural beauty will leave you breathless while watching. It’s no wonder that Meryl Streep’s character is swept away by more than the big game hunter she’s destined to fall for. “Out Of Africa” is shot with such detail and illustrative imagination, you’re bound to find yourself longing to experience the heart of Africa yourself.

Whale Rider

If you’re looking for an excuse to visit New Zealand – look no further. This relatively unknown film is incredibly moving. Set in the quiet and fascinating Maori village on the island, “Whale Rider” tells the story of a girl of the tribe struggle to find her grandfather’s acceptance while highlighting the struggles of the indigenous people. It’s truly one of our favorites.

Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants

Four best high school friends living in Maryland set off on their summers separately – on to Mexico, another to Greece, and others right at home. The storyline weaves their collective experiences beautifully, while also featuring the beauty and contrasts of experiences had solo. This movie may be an unexpected choice – but we promise you’ll be reinvigorated to connect with your besties while also craving your next adventure.

Tracks

When craving a trip of solitude and reflection, lead character Robyn embarks on a solo trip from Alice Springs, Australia to the Indian Ocean. With her faithful dog and four camels in tow, this story illustrates an impossible journey completed by an unexpected hero. Truly a remarkable film that will illuminates how travel allows us to face our fears, and find our way.

Before Sunrise

This series is perfect for the romantic traveler. On his way to Vienna, Jesse meets Celine, a student on her way back to Paris. After a conversation of a lifetime, the two get off the train and explore Vienna. The rest? We’ll let you watch and see. This film is truly a glimpse at the romance of discovering a new place with and new person.


Did we miss your one of your favorite films that inspired you to travel? Let us know your favorites in a comment below!

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