Pearls of wanderlust wisdom from past wordsmiths.
Let’s celebrate why a few precious days away are worth writing home about.

Don’t you love escaping between the pages of a good book at the beach? Preferably on a hammock between two picture-perfect palm trees, please, with the sea sparkling in blue lines of ink along the shore. The white sea foam gently ripples, like a writer’s feathered quill scribbling onto the sand before you… wave after wave, page after page. It’s not surprising that many famous authors first seek inspiration from their surroundings, and some were world explorers and travel writers, too. November 1st marks National Author’s Day, so to celebrate, let me reveal three inspirational pearls of travel wisdom to you:

1. Ibn Battuta

‘Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.’

Ibn Battuta, who many believe is the greatest traveller who ever lived, explored 44 countries on a 29-year long trip, across a hefty 75,000 miles, (including a nine-month stay in the Maldives, where he got married!) Travelling in the 14th century by camel-back, he navigated by relying on the constellations of the stars, too! This travel hero inspired me to explore the best-known place in the world for stargazing, Mount Teide in Tenerife.

Marvelling at the milky way at the one of the world’s highest volcanos did not disappoint! He also inspired my camel safari adventure, plodding through the ravine of a beautiful mountain village in Gran Canaria, (Pedro the camel was very well behaved!) Battuta’s ambitious wanderings made him a celebrated storyteller. Take a leaf out of his famous travel book yourself and start planning your next trip today.

2. William Shakespeare

‘The world’s mine oyster, which I with sword will open.”

The sunnier beauty of Verona is the backdrop of William Shakespeare’s well-loved play, Romeo and Juliet. Italy certainly inspired good old Billy Shakespeare… in fact, one-third of his plays are set there! Enjoy the ease, innovation and cuisine of today’s travelling world (especially if you’re a foodie!) The world is your oyster, after all!

3. Dame Freya Stark

‘Surely, of all the wonders of the world, the horizon is the greatest.’

As an avid adventurer, explorer and travel writer, Stark was an extraordinary woman of her time, who impressively lived to be 100 years old! Not only does travel broaden your horizons but your mind, too. Follow in her footsteps, get outside and enjoy adventure. Watching the sunset across a new panorama will certainly hit the reset button and improve your health and well-being. You deserve a dose of sunshine, it’ll make you feel good!

There’s no better way to fuel inspiration and feel on top of the world, than by exploring new places – become a storyteller yourself! Where will the next chapter take you? As writer Susan Sontag says:

‘I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list!’

© Copyright Author Kathryn Glover Sunny Heart Travel Ltd. 2019 to present day. All rights reserved.

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