The one thing you should never travel without is a great book. I have always loved to read and some of the best wanderlust often comes from the pages of travel books. Growing up I devoured mysteries and gripped the pages of thriller/horror books like Goosebumps and Fear Street. As I got older and my passion for traveling grew I read the travel classics like Heart of Darkness, The Adventures of Ibn Battuta and Seven Years in Tibet. These days you would be hard pressed to find me on any trip, or in my own bed for that matter, without a book or an Ibook that is, in my hand.
Some of my biggest travel inspiration has come from the books I have read, each page fueling my wanderlust for nature and exploration. Here is a list curated by myself and a few other writers, bloggers and travel addicts of our favorite books about travel, nature and adventure.
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Alice's Adventures started for me as a passion project. My dream had always been to be a travel host in the vein of Samantha Brown, traveling the world, introducing people to new traditions, cultures , adventures and incredible moments with nature.
My parents were avid outdoors people, hippies at heart. In his 20's my dad spent a year living alone in a teepee in the woods of Vermont, and my mom was an artist with a free spirit. They taught me to love and respect the outdoors.
An athlete from an early age I went to college competing in sports and graduating with a degree in sociology and public administration. By sheer luck and determination I had landed an internship in college with Vitaminwater which turned into a full time job upon graduation.
My hippie upbringing made it really hard to stick to any one job. I worked as a waitress, bartender, promo model, actress, gymnastics coach and sold shoes throughout college and while working for Vitaminwater.
#1- Living Trees
The US cuts down over 25 million trees every year for Christmas, so forget going to that unmemorable parking lot full of dying and soon to be dead trees. Order a living tree and help save the environment instead of kill it. Purchase a tree through Living Christmas Tree and you will help your community and environment. It will also reduce your chances of home fire and clean your indoor air quality. Living Christmas delivers and picks up your tree before and after the holidays, so all you have to do is pick a size and decorate. Just don't forget to water it. They also staff their business year round with veterans and special needs people so by using Living Christmas you are really spreading holiday joy all year round.
#2 DIY Stockings
Forget those cheap made in china stockings. Making stockings DIY can be an extremely fun and easy activity for everyone in your family. So pull out the needles and thread and look around the house for old ribbon, sequins, velvet and lace or head to your thrift shop. Old sweaters, burlap and felt make great stockings.
#3 Stocking Stuffers
#4 Gifts - My favorite Eco Brands for men, women and kids
#5 My favorite charities