As we get closer to the end of the year I’ve been starting to plan trips for next year… it can be oddly difficult to choose destinations, especially when you’re spoilt for choice living in London -the whole of Europe is Right. There. Not to mention all that the UK has to offer of course 🙂
At the moment I’m finding a few different sources of inspiration really helpful. Maybe they’ll inspire you too!
Netflix Food Shows
If you love food as much as I do, you won’t struggle to find inspiration in these great travel and food shows:
Anthony Bourdain – Parts Unknown
Such a classic series, and one that of course found itself back in the spotlight following the untimely death of Anthony Bourdain. The series covers a large number of destinations, and they take you off the beaten track in places like Spain, Copenhagen and London. While a little dated now (the last episodes screened in 2012), the series remains a great jumping off point for trip planning (and eating…) in all parts of the world.
Anthony Bourdain – No Reservations
Effectively the ‘follow on’ from Parts Unknown, No Reservations continues Anthony Bourdain’s culinary journey around the world. As ever, the show continues in his distinctive style allowing people and food to speak for themselves alongside his often acerbic but always perceptive commentary. A true delight.
David Chang – Ugly Delicious
A relatively new kid on the block, David Chang stars in what feels almost like a travel diary that sends him on a journey to delicious locations around the globe. Part food/travel/history show and part social commentary, David Chang is joined by writers, chefs, artists and critics (not to mention his celebrity friends such as Jimmy Kimmel, Nick Kroll and Peter Meehan) as they venture out of the kitchen and into the world exploring foodie locations such as Houston, Copenhagen, Tokyo, Nashville, China and Mexico.
Magazines and Websites
There is still something super satisfying about reading a high quality travel magazine. I won’t always be able to afford to visit everywhere we read about, but publications like Lonely Planet, Conde Nast Traveller, Wanderlust Magazine and Nat Geo Travel Magazine are a great way to whet your appetite and get some ideas. I often find those magazines give me insight into destinations I’d never have considered, or reminds me of places I had forgotten were on my list!
These days everyone seems to be on Instagram which is so useful when you’re looking for travel ‘inspo’! You can search by various hastags that are relevant to you – I tend to search for tags related to family travel – or do a google search first, find blogs you like, and then follow them on Insta.
Some of my current favourites are:
Family and friends’ recommendations
Despite all of the wonders of the internet age, it’s still hard to compete with the trusted recommendations of family and friends – especially if you know them well enough to be sure that your ‘travel styles’ are similar. It is so great to be able to ask all your detailed questions of people who (hopefully!) won’t mind giving you every little detail you’re interested in. I’ve found this particularly helpful when planning trips with my daughter – you worry about different things when you travel with kids, and other parents generally have the same worries!
Where do you get your travel inspiration from? I’d love to hear?