Personal travel planning and new books from Lonely Planet, Culture Trails and Everyday Adventures review

Future tripping – personal travel planning and inspiration

In the UK we’ve just come out of our summer months which for most, means we’re feeling the post-holidays blues and very much in personal travel planning mode for the months ahead. The day job, as much as it may be fulfilling if you’re lucky, still doesn’t stand up to sunny days and balmy music-filled nights on the Med.

Enter two lovely new books by Lonely Planet: Culture Trails and Everyday Adventures



Personal travel planning: two inspiring new guides

They say the only way to get through it, is to plan something else to look forward to. I’m an advocate of personal travel planning. I love the research and happily invest the time to find something that’s right for Cooper and I.

We are currently planning for four days in Lisbon at Christmastime. The gorgeous Portuguese city has been on our bucket-list for a while, and we’re making it happen this year, opting for a city-break rather than an island escape which we’ve enjoyed for the past two years, see Christmas in Mallorca and Ibiza.

It seems a shame to not live in the moment though, and I wanted to share a couple of resources that have come my way courtesy Lonely Planet, one being a gorgeous book that encourages us to create adventures in our own backyards!

Personal travel planning ahead for the ultimate adventure

This delicious coffee table book is brimming with 52 amazing destinations, including Lisbon. Culture Trails explores each destination by way of a theme like music, art, literature. It’s beautifully designed and filled with wanderlust-inducing images.

Taking a look at Lisbon, for example, Culture Trails explores its ‘artistry that speaks to the soul’ and has given us a glimpse into unique cultural experiences and top attractions we should pursue on our city break, in order to get a taste of the heart of the place.

Each destination also gives a taste of where you might like to stay, eat, drink and even a list of key celebrations or festivals that you might like to time your trip with.

Culture Trails is an aspirational hard-cover publication, just like the lovely new Wellness Escapes, also from Lonely Planet. It’s easy to browse, exploring destinations through the eyes of the authors and photographers. It would make a great gift too for others who enjoy planning their own travel too.

While it did cross our minds that ‘52’ might mean ‘one destination every week’, we haven’t figured out how to fund that without the day job.

Which brings me to Everyday Adventures

How to be inspired now: planning localised travel adventures

This book totally surprised me – it’s quirky, fun and full of lovely ideas on new adventures you can create for yourself in your own backyard (or, the city where you live).

We’re in London so spoilt for choice, but when you work hard all week and are tired by the weekend, it’s easy to let opportunities slip by.

Also, London is an example of a city that can be quite expensive, so if you’re trying to save then much can feel out of reach.

Everyday Adventures offers various styles of ‘travel’ for you to pursue, like active, eco-friendly, exploratory, meditative, romantic, group or solo adventures.

You can choose according to budget available and each activity offers a score on how complicated it might be to pull off.

One nice idea is to leave a little early for work and stop by a café you’ve never been to and enjoy breakfast there, for a change of scenery to break up the week.

Another I love, that we tried this past weekend, is called ‘puppy pursuit’ where you let a dog lead you around on a walk. Try this if you’re house and pet sitting! You go where their nose takes them, so to speak.

Filled with case studies, stories and loads of ideas to plan a day of ‘travel’ that’s far from average, this book seems the perfect antidote to post-holiday blues; following it as a guide and making a game of it, you’ll have an adventure on your hands in no time.

About the author: Sarah Blinco

Writer, editor and digital content manager – find me on social media @sarahblinco PS - if you found this piece helpful, I would be really grateful if you could take a moment to leave a comment below.

11 comments to “Future tripping – personal travel planning and inspiration”

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  1. Shweta - October 24, 2018 at 9:58 am Reply

    Travel is what i love personally….n loved your blog…will keep visiting. thanks a lot for the value added share.

  2. Qman - November 4, 2018 at 11:53 am Reply

    Hi Sarah Blinco!

    Well compiled post… I really loved it… it would be great if you post similar posts again and again.

    Thanks for such info.
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  3. Aymen - November 20, 2018 at 5:11 am Reply

    It is really very useful information for a starting blogger and traveller, thank you
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  4. Aymen - November 20, 2018 at 5:47 am Reply

    Thank you for your love and willingness to share your feelings. I really like the blog. I have shared your site with many friends and family. It is always a pleasure to read.

  5. Robert M. Adams - December 12, 2018 at 4:32 pm Reply

    Hi Sarah
    I love your post thanks for sharing such an inspirational post keep it up!
    Happy Christmas
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  6. Bryan Anderson - December 13, 2018 at 4:03 am Reply

    Hi Sarah!
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  7. Rajesh - March 2, 2019 at 12:33 pm Reply

    Completely agree with your pov on localised travel and what better place than London as you suggested. I have a very interesting story on travel “die to LIVE” on travel give it a spin

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