Inspirational Sources for Travel & Adventure

Being able to explore new countries, cultures, and adventures is a dream come true. At Travel Collage32, I’ve visited 35 countries and participated in countless extreme adventures that I thought only existed in movies and dreams. I mean, who actually pilots a jet pack or a fighter jet? Who jumps from an airplane, rides in a hot air balloon, performs aerobatics in a biplane, and swims with whale sharks all in the same weekend? Bucket List Publications isn’t just a blog or a website; it has helped me live in a dream world. It has made my daily life better than my wildest imagination. Sometimes it’s exhausting just trying to think up my next big vacation or adventure. My imagination/dreams, fellow travel/adventure bloggers, social media, and Great American Days are my go-to sources that support my travel and adventure lifestyle.

Fiji CollageDreams and imagination are always the beginning of an idea, a thought embedded in my subconscious that waits to emerge like a butterfly from a cocoon. Since I was a young girl, I can remember having a reoccurring dream about being able to fly. I don’t have wings or a parachute; I can just fly. It’s never scary or intimidating; it’s always beautiful and I’m more beautiful because of it. It’s this lingering dream that makes me want to test the limits of flight. When I’m riding in an elevator, flying in a plane, or standing at the top of a mountain looking down, my initial thought is, “I want to jump!” “I want to fly!” “I want  to feel the wind rushing by me!” (Don’t get me wrong, I want to be attached to something.) I understand a dog’s desire to stick his head out the window. That’s what being in the sky is like for me. I explore my imagination and dreams, put them to paper, and I find ways to make them happen. They are what kick-start “the list” and put ideas into practice.

Fellow travel/adventure bloggers have become the travel agents of today. When I’m trying to create my yearly bucket list or put my dreams into action, I usually search travel blogger sites before anywhere else. Watching the slider on The Expert Vagabond site is more inspirational than any commercial or advertisement. It was under the South Africa category on this site that I first started dreaming about an African Safari. First-hand experience and recent pictures make travel/adventure blogs my first stop when exploring a dream.

The Extreme Bucket LisSocial Media sites like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest are like an instant shot of adrenaline. All I need to do is look at GoPro or The Extreme Bucket List on Facebook and dozens of ideas for new experiences and destinations invade every crevice of my brain. They’re automatic storyboards for great experiences.

Great American Days is a goldmine of inspiration and information. Any time I’m traveling to Biplane Atlantaa new location in the United States, I pull up their site for unique ideas. Sometimes I’m limited with my imagination because I don’t know that certain activities are possible; Great American Days takes the guessing out of what’s available. Currently, I’m in Atlanta, Georgia. Great American Days offers 71 experiences in this area alone. Race car experiences, wildlife encounters, flights, lessons, tours, camps… the list goes on. They have more than 6000 amazing experience gifts for every budget, taste, and occasion.

Your ideas and bucket lists extend the reach of my imagination to the far corners of the world. From polar bear expeditions in northern Canada to mingling with penguins in Antarctica, from shark diving in South Africa to heliskiing in Japan, your stories and ideas have shown me that anything and everything is possible.

If you’d like to submit your travels, adventures, and bucket lists to Bucket List Publications, you can find the short process at We have over 1.9 million views per month and over 49,000 subscribers. Dream. Live. Create. Share.

“The purpose of life, after all, is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experiences.”

– Eleanor Roosevelt


85 thoughts on “Inspirational Sources for Travel & Adventure

    • Readers ask me for suggestions all the time, and I can’t count how many times someone said that they were going to book a vacation based on a place that I’d visited. We are often the first place others look 🙂


  1. Thank you for sharing your inspirations and adventures. Your enthusiasm is contagious! Everytime I read your blog, I’m more dedicated to following my dreams and working hard to make them come true. Happy New Year!


      • Sorry for the very belated reply! I haven’t been around much lately. This year I want to learn how to surf (should be going to Costa Rica this spring!!) and to make my blog a bigger part of my life and hopefully other people’s lives too. I’ll let you know how it workedout next january 😉


  2. Your blog is all I need to motivate me for 2013.
    And wait! 35 countries and just 32? Damn, you’re awesome woman! Looking forward to going through what places you hit in 2013. Good luck and God bless! 🙂


  3. I love your inspirational posts, but I also love your writing. The following just touched me: “When I’m riding in an elevator, flying in a plane, or standing at the top of a mountain looking down, my initial thought is, “I want to jump!” “I want to fly!” “I want to feel the wind rushing by me!” (Don’t get me wrong, I want to be attached to something.) I understand a dog’s desire to stick his head out the window.”


  4. I’ve heard a lot lately about this thing called a Bucket List, and honestly I’ve always thought it was a little too intimidating. But your thoughts have just confirmed that my thoughts on making a tiny one this year arent entirely misplaced. I’m a vagabond by nature but not an extreme adventurer, and though I doubt that will change, I am definitely going to get out and do more this year. (I gotten extremely complacent in the past year.)
    Thank you for your site. It’s a great encouragement. And by the way, thank you for stopping by my block as well 😉


  5. There is a reason our paths have crossed. I have a spirit of adventure but I am called to have an adventure in the Spirit of God. I believe you seek with passion as do I and It is in this passion, many are drawn, Keep seeking.



  6. This year some of my bucket list becomes a reality as I will travel to southeast Asia…Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand. Can’t wait. It’s fun traveling with you.


  7. I too have dreamt of flying ever since I was a child. Looking down over trees and lakes and even the ocean as I flew to Hawaii once in a dream! Have always wanted to have the “Jetson” car, but don’t think we’ll see them in my lifetime. 😦 Have always wanted to learn to fly an ultralight.


  8. I used to have “flying” dreams, as a young boy. I was told that flying in dreams represents an aspiration for higher knowledge and a yearning to lead an excellent life. I like that interpretation.


  9. I am so glad you posted it! I desire to uncover new adventure in my life so these links will be super helpful. I am so inspired by your ability to name your dreams, chase them down and tackle them! Here’s to an awesome 2013!


  10. I really enjoy reading your articles. I’ve always dreamed of traveling the world, especially to see historical sites like the palace of Versailles and Topkapi Palace in Turkey. Maybe you can help me choose the perfect destination for my next vacation? A place that has a wide variety of things to do, like a beach and historical sites and good shopping places. Also good food. What place do you think?


  11. This might be the perfect forum for us! And if you ever are looking to have some exciting travels in Saskatchewan we can help you out! Thanks for the great reads in 2012 – looking forward to the adventures of 2013, for both of us!


  12. Dude you’re only 32! That’s amazing.You definitely inspire me to be more adventurous and to seek out the exciting even in daily life — you know Urban Adventures, or stay-cations because of my low-budget status 🙂 You help inspire the quote … “live your life like it’s Shark Week.” I thought about you and The Landy when I saw that quote and wrote a post about it. Can’t wait for your 2013 adventures.


  13. Thanks Lesley! I am living my Bucket List through you! Not sure I would have the courage to jump out of a perfectly good airplane and the only rock climbing on my Bucket List is the new rock wall, once it is finished, at the local university rec center. Even though I don’t always leave a comment, Like, etc., I read your blogs and watch the videos, etc. This is just a fun place to hang out!


  14. What a wonderful world and you are out there enjoying it. You are 32 + I am 80 + and still enjoying the buzz, untortunatly I don’t bounce like I used to, so I always advise young people live clean and healthy and never let a chance for adventure escape you. I love your blog.


  15. Perfect post! Just when I needed a little inspiration for a trip!! Need to figure out where I want to go and what I want to do since I just found out I’m doing a solo trip since my friend backed out on me. Any suggestions are welcome, all I know is, there better be good food 😛


  16. Hey Lesley!! It’s been a long time since I’ve stopped by, so sorry! Thanks for continuing to check in on my blog from time to time. Just wanted to let you know that I’m glad BLP is still going strong and it looks like it’s still growing! 🙂


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