I'm sure many of you are familiar with the principle of inertia, but the way I like to translate it is: a girl at rest is content to stay at rest while a girl in motion wakes up the morning after her plane touches down at JFK already itching for the next adventure. If I'm settled into a routine of weekends spent relaxing at the beach or running errands and planning dinners with friends in the city, I can easily let a month or two slip by without being struck by the desire to hit the road. However, spending time in a new place--the delicious food, the breathtaking landscapes, the pace of an unfamiliar city, the hotel where I feel I could live forever--is a powerful reminder of how much there is to experience beyond my typical little routine within my own sphere of existence. And after a few days exploring a new part of the world, all I can think is where to next?
It's been less than 24 hours since I arrived home from my second whirlwind California trip this summer and despite being completely exhausted, I spent most of the day cruising around the internet in search of inspiration for my next escape. And while there may be little details like work and a depressingly light wallet keeping me grounded for the time being, here are some places I've stumbled upon in my bout of wanderlust that have made their way to the top of my must-visit list.
The Off-grid itHouse - Pioneertown, CA
I wrote about my first trip to Palm Springs back in June and ever since have felt a growing desire to return to the desert. Next time, I'd love to spend more time exploring the desert landscape in and around Joshua Tree National Park. This architectural masterpiece in Pioneertown, CA is seriously off the grid--no television, no internet, no other houses in sight. After a day of bathing in the hot springs or exploring nearby wonders like the Salton Sea and Salvation Mountain, I'd love to come back to the itHouse for an evening of drinking wine with friends under the stars.
The Graham & Co - Phoenicia, NY
I've lived in New York City for almost four years and have still never spent a weekend in the Catskills--which is kind of embarrassing. This fall, I'd love to post up at The Graham & Co--a hip little hotel with major camp vibes--for a couple of days of [non-strenuous] hiking, perusing antique shops, and drinking beer by a campfire. Plus, I've heard breakfast at Phoenicia Diner is worth the trip alone.
Coqui Coqui - Tulum, Mexico
Tulum is a destination that has been at the top of my travel wish list for quite a while and I can't imagine a more perfect place to stay than Coqui Coqui. This perfumery-slash-hotel is housed in an 800 year-old stone building that sits right on the beach and appears to be the most romantic place in the world (right?!). I think spending a week here doing yoga, swimming in the clear blue ocean, and drinking margaritas in the sun could possibly change a person's life forever. And I would gladly volunteer to test that theory.
Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort - Saariselkä, Finland
Ever since I spotted a photo of these ice igloos under the Northern Lights on Pinterest, I've been fascinated by the Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort. Located far above the Arctic Circle, this place takes unique vacation destinations to a whole new level. And while the idea of sleeping in an actual snow igloo where the temperature hovers between -3 and 6 degrees F definitely does not appeal to me (although Kakslauttanen offers that as an option) I would die to spend a night snuggled up in one of their glass igloos watching the Northern Lights above.
Hotel San José - Austin, TX
It's been a few years since my last visit to Austin and I feel that it's time for me to make my way back to Texas for a long weekend. Austin is great because it has a lot of best-of-both-worlds scenarios: It has the progressive culture and arts and music scene of a major city but with the strong sense of community and familiarity you'd expect from a small town. You can eat Texas-style barbecued brisket to your hearth's content at The Salt Lick or O.D. on tacos at one of Austin's many Mexican joints (I still dream about the breakfast tacos at Torchy's). On my next trip to Austin, I'd like to make the Hotel San José my weekend home. Nestled behind tall, manicured hedges on bustling South Congress Avenue, Hotel San José seems like the perfect place to recharge in between eating tacos, drinking Lone Star beer and Mexican martinis, and taking plunges into the ice-cold water at Barton Springs.
So what's at the top of your travel wish list? Taken any amazing trips this summer? I want to hear about it!