Where to find travel inspiration & cool destinations for your next trip

Caroline Cunningham

Have you always wanted to travel, but are unsure where to go? Do you have a trip booked but are looking for places to see in the area?  Or maybe you’re just sick of being stuck at home and want to take a mental vacation. Whatever your reason, these resources are the best to help you find travel inspiration and cool destinations for your next trip.

1. Pinterest

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Pinterest is by far the best travel inspiration hub. If you are looking for just one resource to use, this is it.

Here your searches can be anything vague from 'best beach destinations' to something more specific like 'free things to do in Siargao, Philippines.' You’ll find an array of ideas and the best part is you can organize it all into your own boards, making pins accessible for later use.

Additionally, The feed is sensitive to your interests so the more travel content you look at, the more Pinterest will show you.

2. Travel blogs

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Travel blogs are full of information from beautiful photos to detailed travel guides by someone with firsthand experience. They will appear in your Google and Pinterest searches. Through your browsing, it's advisable to find a few blogs that are relevant and relatable to you. 

Once you find a travel blog that suits your needs and interest, stay loyal to them through regular visits and subscribing to their email list. This way you know exactly where to turn when planning your next trip and you receive regular travel inspiration.

3. Books

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Before the internet, there were books. And even still today books are incredible resources for both travel inspiration and trip planning. 

Of course there are many stories out there that will inspire you to explore the world, like "The Alchemist" by Paulo Coelho. But there are also many travel niche books to help you find cool destinations and even help plan your trip. 

For example, Lonely Planet offers in depth guides for almost every country. There are also books with lists of destinations to inspire you like "Off Track Planet’s Travel Guide for the Young, Sexy, and Broke", "InstaTravel", and "1000 Places to See Before You Die".

4. Instagram

If you haven’t noticed, travel photography has blown up on Instagram as millions of people share their adventures. Similar to Pinterest, as you scroll through your Instagtam feed, it’s worth saving places you discover to a designated travel or destination specific folder.

If your feed isn’t full of travel inspiration yet, check out the “Travel” explore page, follow travel niche pages and hashtags, or even use the search bar if looking for something specific.

5. Facebook Groups

Travel niche facebook groups are awesome for finding places to travel to by simply following along and gathering inspiration from others posting about their travels. 

They also work well to find specific information. All you have to do is post a question, and the community will respond.

Some awesome travel Facebook groups are Travel Community, Girls LOVE Travel, and The Solo Female Traveler Network.

6. Travel Magazines

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Travel magazines will have you opening up Google flights in seconds. By following their social media pages or subscribing to their email lists, you will constantly receive new travel inspiration and destination ideas for your next trip. 

Some amazing travel magazines are Travel & Leisure, Condé Nast Traveler, and National Geographic Travel.

With the help of these resources, where will you dream of traveling to next?

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My aim is to inspire adventure and empower people with the tools to travel. You can expect articles about solo female travel, budget travel tips, destination guides, and authentic storytelling.

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