We WILL Travel Again- Photos to Fuel Your Wanderlust

by Shannon

As I sit at home during extended lockdown, I can’t help but recall some of the wonderful adventures I’ve been fortunate enough to have thus far. Sure, I’m kind of bummed I can’t go anywhere right now. I had to reschedule my April trip to the UK to the end of August. Yet, I hope staying home will help us all overcome the COVID-19 crisis more quickly. While we wait, remember we will travel again! In the meantime, here are 27 photos to fuel your wanderlust and perhaps give you some ideas for the future.

Heian Shrine, Kyoto, Japan


Wash your hands at the Heian Shrine, dedicated to the first and last emperors who ruled from Kyoto. The temple was built to commemorate Kyoto’s 1100th anniversary since it’s founding as the capital.

Geishas in the Gion District of Kyoto, Japan


Gion is a historic area of Kyoto, home to wooden machiya merchant houses, now filled with tea shops, restaurants, shops and more. Cherry blossoms line the streets in spring, and geishas are most commonly seen in this district.

Early Morning Hike Near Dongducheon, South Korea


An early morning mountain hike was shrouded in fog which gradually lifted to reveal beautiful surroundings.

Waiʻānapanapa State Park, Maui, Hawaii


Near Hana, this state park offers volcanic black sand beaches and rugged coastline.

Rome from a Vatican Window


The Vatican Museums can get extremely hot, so they tend to throw open the corridor windows. I hung my head out for fresh air and a nice view.

Venice, Italy


View from the Ponte dell’Accademia. You can see the Basilica Santa Maria della Salute on the right. Sending thoughts and prayers to all of Italy for a quick recovery from the coronavirus!

Gulf of Arzachena, Sardinia


Gorgeous beaches, crystal water, fine wine, and pasta- what’s not to love about Sardinia?

Paris, France

Eiffel Tower

Ah, Paris! My most favorite of all cities! The Eiffel Tower looks marvelous in the twilight.

Paris Catacombs

Paris Catacombs

A must see when in Paris! These catacombs are one of the few still containing the bones.

Copenhagen, Denmark


A canal boat tour is a great way to see Copenhagen!

Nærøyfjord, Norway


Hallingskarvet National Park, Norway

Campers in Norway

For me, Norway captures the essence of wanderlust. The Right to Roam is part of the Norwegian culture and also their 1957 Outdoor Recreation Act. It means you can hike and camp on pretty much any open land. These two images captured that perfectly to me- fjord kayakers putting in at a sheep pasture, and campers with a million dollar view off the Oslo to Myrdal train route.

Ross Castle, Killarney, Ireland

Ross Castle

My favorite castle! It sits on Lough Leane, in Killarney National Park.

Ring of Beara, Ireland


The Ring of Beara is rugged, wild and beautiful! Ireland is full of stark, dramatic landscapes worthy of Game of Thrones, Middle Earth or Narnia!

Washington, DC

Washington Monument

Not exactly an exotic destination, but still a must for US citizens and visitors alike.

Anna Ruby Falls, Helen, Georgia


Helen is a quaint, Bavarian style town in the mountains of Georgia. It’s also surrounded by miles of trails and waterfalls.

Honeymoon Island, Florida


Located in Dunedin, Florida, Honeymoon Island State Park has over four miles of beach. You’ll often find it empty, perfect for a quiet stroll.

Cloud Gate, Chicago, Illinois

Cloud Gate

Step under the famous Chicago landmark for a trippy view!

Matthiessen State Park, Illinois

State Park

Matthiessen and Starved Rock State Parks’ landscapes are pretty unique in Illinois, with cliffs, waterfalls, and caves.

Devil’s Lake State Park, Wisconsin

Devil's Lake

My favorite place to camp in the state! Not only is the lake great, the rock formations and rock climbing are stunning! There is an island in the lake, perfect for beaching yourself. My first time at the park, we were awoken in the middle of the night by a terrible screaming sound. It freaked us out! We stopped by the ranger center the next day, and they suggested a few critters that might make such a noise, but we never did identify it… the devil of Devil’s Lake perhaps?

Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, Wisconsin

There are 22 islands in the Apostle Islands chain, located in Lake Superior. The sea caves are pretty amazing, many only accessible by kayak or other small craft.

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Michigan


I love the Michigan dunes, but Sleeping Bear takes the cake! The dunes reach 450′ high, sliding into Lake Michigan. When we visited, there were warning all across the park about scaling some of the dangerous inclines. There’s actually a rescue team for all those tourists who go down and can’t get back up! Visit, but don’t be one of those!

Yosemite National Park, California


Half Dome is visible from Glacier Point, where you can hike down Four Mile Trail for other stunning views. I love Yosemite!

Ocho Rios, Jamaica


Sail away! Jamaica is full of gorgeous beaches, unique adventures, waterfalls, mountains, rum and so much more!

Trunk Bay, St. John, USVI

Trunk Bay

Trunk Bay has an underwater snorkeling trail, with plenty of colorful fish and coral. St. John is a fun, laid back, island, and easily accessible by ferry from St. Thomas.

Darkwood Beach, Antigua

Darkwood Beach

I’ve never been so hot as I was in Antigua! Hot, hot, hot! The sand burned, so run for the water. In the distance, you can see Montserrat, the volcanic island.

So, where are you planning to visit next? What do you want to see the most after lockdown?

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Chelsea April 10, 2020 - 8:51 pm

Arrrr I want a vacation so bad! These photos didn’t help distracting me from my no-travel depression hahaha’! They are so beautiful!

Shannon April 11, 2020 - 2:47 pm

Hang in there Chelsea! We might not travel this month, but will again soon!

Karen April 10, 2020 - 9:25 pm

What a wonderful idea. I can’t wait to get back to traveling and these beautiful pics sure fanned the fire.

Shannon April 11, 2020 - 2:36 pm

I’m right there with you- I can’t stay home much longer!

Alexandra Booze April 10, 2020 - 9:40 pm

The photo from the Vatican window gave me all the feels! My first trip abroad was to Italy 🙂 loved this idea for a blog post!

Shannon April 11, 2020 - 2:36 pm

Thank you! Love Italy, and wishing them the best during these hard times.

Emma April 10, 2020 - 11:40 pm

Well this definitely makes me want to travel. Venice has always been high on my list, and Japan. I keep thinking about the first trip I’ll take and whether it’ll be somewhere new or somewhere familiar that I miss. Still undecided but I hope it’s soon

Shannon April 11, 2020 - 2:35 pm

I know, it’s hard to pick the next trip! I think ours will be to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, we’ll see.

Curls en Route April 11, 2020 - 6:39 am

Loving the positivity! We’ll hopefully get through this!

Shannon April 11, 2020 - 2:32 pm

Trying to stay optimistic! Thanks!

Erin April 11, 2020 - 7:24 am

I am supposed to be going to Yosemite in a month and will be devastated if it gets cancelled! Great post 🙂

Shannon April 11, 2020 - 2:31 pm

Thanks Erin! I hope your trip to Yosemite goes off without a hitch!

Sophie April 11, 2020 - 11:47 am

I loved travelling virtually through your photos! Trunk Bay looks incredible, how I wish I was snorkelling in that water now. There’s definitely a few places here that I need to add to my bucket list.

Shannon April 11, 2020 - 2:31 pm

Thanks Sophie! I know, my destination bucketlist is ever growing too!

Katie Diederichs April 11, 2020 - 12:14 pm

Looking through my old travel photos has become one of my favorite things lately! Thanks for sharing yours!

Shannon April 11, 2020 - 2:30 pm

Agreed! I had especially great vibes after looking through old photos from Hawaii!

Hailey Alexus Harris April 11, 2020 - 2:38 pm

Wow, you have been to some awesome places! I would love to go yo Japan and Korea. We went to Venice in 2017 and loved it I cant wait to go to Italy again.

Shannon April 11, 2020 - 10:01 pm

Hopefully you threw your coin in the Trevi Fountain to guarantee that return trip! 🙂

Michelle April 11, 2020 - 9:47 pm

DC looks so cool at night! I loved my time there!

Shannon April 11, 2020 - 10:00 pm

Michelle, the full moon really made DC special that night! It was right after a lunar eclipse!

Jen April 11, 2020 - 10:30 pm

Great photos and a lot of great travel destinations ? I can’t wait to be able to travel again!

Shannon April 26, 2020 - 7:37 pm

Counting the days as our lockdown was just extended…

A Capone Connection April 11, 2020 - 11:56 pm

This was such a great and diverse list. I have been to a few of theses places. Been to DC but not at night. That was really cool. Wisconsin looks interesting. Never really had a desire to go there but your pictures made me consider it. Thank you for sharing so many of your amazing experiences. Definitively provides some inspiration!

Shannon April 26, 2020 - 7:37 pm

Thank you!

Miriam Menkarius April 13, 2020 - 4:17 am

Ohhhhhh I need a beach holiday pronto! Thanks for these amazing shots!

Shannon April 26, 2020 - 7:36 pm

I do too! Soon I hope!


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