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30 Travel Goals For My Wanderlustful Soul, Part 1

“Not all those who wander are lost.”

~ J.R.R. Tolkien

With the New Year commencing and the focus on resolutions at the forefront of everyone’s mind, I decided to take a slightly different approach.  Looking back at the map from my previous post, I wanted to set goals to accomplish in my quest to see the world.  This is not my bucket list, but perhaps much of the travel portion of the list as of now. While there are many goals (and this post will be divided into two parts), I am still looking for new inspirations and ideas, so feedback is requested and appreciated. So here it goes…

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My Year-End Travel Review

“Airline travel is hours of boredom interrupted by moments of stark terror.”

~Al Boliska

Having just wrapped up another travel year, I can’t help but reflect on the trends I noted this year. It’s a natural time for that, being the New Year (have a happy one, all) just arrived. So amidst the football (go Tigers!) and resolutions, I jotted down just a few thoughts on my travel observations.

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Draw Me A Map And I’ll Show You The World

“Consulting maps can diminish the wanderlust that they awaken, as the act of looking at them can replace the act of travel. But looking at maps is much more than an act of aesthetic replacement. Anyone who opens an atlas wants everything at once, without limits–the whole world. This longing will always be great, far greater than any satisfaction to be had by attaining what is desired. Give me an atlas over a guidebook any day. There is no more poetic book in the world.”

Judith SchalanskyAtlas of Remote Islands

When I was young, my dad made a point to make sure I could read a map. He didn’t want me to be one of those women with no sense of direction. So when we got in the car for a roadtrip, usually quite early in the morning, and usually heading to Pittsburgh or Florida from Chicago, he would throw an atlas (you remember those–those books with nationwide and state maps in hard form) towards me in the backseat and say, “Okay, how do we get there?” And off I went, tracing routes with my fingers to guide our adventure.

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I Don’t Think I Have A New York State of Mind

“It is often said that New York is a city for only the very rich and the very poor. It is less often said that New York is also, at least for those of us who came there from somewhere else, a city for only the very young.” 

~Joan Didion

Some say New York is the nation’s melting pot. The city that never sleeps. America’s fashion capital. Inspiring.

But others call it loud. Noisy. Crowded. Rude. A concrete jungle.

The truth: It is all of these things. And during my first visit back to the city after having been away for 10 years—a whole decade—I felt all of these things and more. So here’s a recap of my time in NYC for none other than Mercedes Benz Fashion Week.

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‘The Best Thing I Ever Ate’: New York City Edition

“I am not a glutton–I am an explorer of food.”

~Erma Bombeck

Anyone who knows me knows that I am a foodie. So whenever I am traveling to a new (or old) city, I look for recommendations on the best places to eat from friends and family. And I also refer to my trusty list: the list I make when I sporadically have the opportunity to catch the show “The Best Thing I Ever Ate.”

Food Network seeks to help foodies when visiting various cities by offering insight into the favorite dishes nationwide of chefs, restaurateurs, and television personalities that we watch on Food Network and the Cooking Channel. The premise: if we like to watch them, then surely we will want to eat where they love to eat.

I decided to take them up on some of their recommendations when I visited New York City. In such a huge food city, ‘The Best Thing I Ever Ate” seemed like a good place to start. So, I found a listing of all of the picks by city, and decided to try three different restaurants and the dishes that the various chefs recommended for each location.

All in all, the list didn’t let me down. The food really was delicious and gave me a great culinary experience of New York. Here are the places and dishes I tried. Bon appetit!

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This is Me, The BarrisTourista

“The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.”

~Saint Augustine

People wonder why I love to travel so much. They always ask if I just like to get away or think that I simply enjoy a good vacation. Both of those things are true, but it’s so much more than that.  For me, it goes to the very essence of the quote above. There is a vast, magnificent world that should be seen by everyone. The cultures, the people, the experiences worldwide are so vastly different, yet so very much the same. We are all people underneath all of the distinctions, and by experiencing new things and new places, we stand to come closer together. It’s hard to hate someone when you have seen how they live, how they love, how they want the same things in life that you do. But to never travel is dangerous; it’s myopic; it’s close-minded.  Perhaps—just maybe—if we all stepped outside our communities, our comfort zones, and our bubbles and experienced different cultures, we wouldn’t still be fighting against some of the sad injustices that we see around the nation and the world.

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