Kayti VS. The World


30 March 2015

And here is the most overly photographed waterfall in all of the Pacific Northwest, people. Now, if you are a regular reader you will know that I am a firm believer in the "anyone can travel" mantra. However, there are definitely circumstances in which travel is made much more difficult. If money is your reasoning behind why you don't think you can travel please head on over to my Easy Ways To Save Money For Travel post that has helped me put away 7k in just seven short months. If you have other obstacles in your way or you, like me, or just counting down the days until your departure date then here are a few tips on how to find adventure when you can't travel abroad.

Start Planning
I'm listing this one first because this particular technique has helped to satiate my wanderlust. Start planning your next trip and spend your time pouring over the fascinating details. Look up destinations on Pinterest, read up on the history of where you want to go, check out travel books from your local library, start making an itinerary, etc. I understand how this can seem "pointless" when your next opportunity to travel is pretty far away but I can tell you from experience it works. I've spent the last year planning for, talking about and romanticizing for when I leave to go backpacking at the end of this Summer.

Take A Day Trip
I wouldn't necessarily call this a "staycation" because you can stretch out a day trip to really count if you want to. When I'm starting to feel suffocated by my normal life I plan a little day getaway and either pull an all nighter or wake up suuuper early to make the long drive out to somewhere new. I pack some snacks, my camera and my hiking boots and usually set off in a Westward direction (generally to the peninsula) to do some exploring. It's easy to overlook beauty when you see it every day, pretend like you're experiencing your surroundings for the first time and try to see things with fresh eyes.

Themed Reading
This one sounds weird. I promise, it isn't. I haven't done this since around Christmas, but another great way to satisfy Wanderlust is to do what I call themed reading. Back in December, I was really having a hard time staying focused on my goals of working hard so that I could travel. To help kindle the fire I bought a bunch of different books that took place in Germany/Norway/Sweden region. They were mostly fiction, some historical fictions and some period type pieces - but being able to mentally submerge yourself into a culture is a great way to feel like you're experiencing some kind of travel when you aren't. I recently bought a bunch of Parisian and Tuscan themed books and plan on take a few picnics with some french bread, assorted cheese and sparkling wine to help enhance the experience.

Impromptu Weekends Away
Have a weekend off work and want to make it count? Call your favorite airline (or use Skyscanner - they have this feature too) and ask for the next domestic one way flight under say $150. This will get you somewhere relatively close but still somewhere you may not have been before. Spend the flight researching the area, booking a room, setting up an activity or scoping out a good hiking spot. There's something really beautiful about the curiosity that blossoms when you're exploring somewhere new. It's one of the best feelings there is.

Get Creative With Your Hobbies
Another one of my favorites. Take up a new hobby! I recently started experimenting with paint and for some reason, this helps. I like to try and channel certain countries or regions with the colors I choose and find some appropriately matching music and voila! My own little getaway. I love the colors of India so I went out and purchased a bunch of paints along that color scheme, brewed some Moroccan tea and turned on some relaxing Indian music (cue A Little Princess soundtrack). If painting isn't your jam, try taking up a new language, learning to play an instrument, dance lessons or even cooking classes. The possibilities are endless!

I hope that you find a few of these techniques helpful and if you have any of your own please share them with me! I'm always looking for new ways to keep myself occupied while I sit through the never ending countdown of this Spring and Summer. I hope you all had a fantastic weekend and happy Monday!


24 March 2015

If you're a little OCD about your apps, then like me you will have them organized by genre. Photography, banking, fitness, etc and of course travel. I thought I might share with you today a few of my favorite apps for travel that I've found to be extremely useful. Hopefully there are some in here that are new to you and might fill an empty void of need in your somewhere. I left out some obvious ones... like Instagram. Because, let's face it, if you don't know about Instagram you've got other problems.

Couchsurfing - If you haven't heard of Couchsurfing.com first of all, you're welcome. Second of all, what rock have you been living under? Basically this site is a global community for travel enthusiasts to share information, meet up for adventures, host travelers or be hosted, etc. A backpacker's best friend, really. I plan on utilizing this app as much as possible while I'm backpacking later this year.

Roadtrippers - This app is great for traveling or looking for new adventures or cool spots where you already live. You just specify where you are and what you're looking for (scenic spots, dive bars, photo ops, etc) and BAM! tons of little flags come up with pictures, reviews and descriptions of all the neat places around you.

Hyperlapse - I don't have this one pictured, but I think it still deserves the mention. Although this isn't specifically a travel app, I think this is great for documenting your travels and creating sped up time lapse videos of your journey. I have yet to use this one, other than just fooling around messing with the app, but plan to try and put this to use next weekend. Follow me on Instagram (@kayticlayton) if you want to see!

XE Currency - Pretty basic, but still very useful. See live currency conversion rates and easily convert one currency to another. I like to use this to see how strong the US dollar is compared to other currency around the world... Just saying - I picked a really good year to decide to travel Europe.

Skyscanner - A MUST HAVE if you are a frequent flier, or any flier for that matter. Basically, if you will ever get on an airplane, download this. Type in your starting point and destination and this app will find you the absolute lowest rates for that route - you can even click a little button at the bottom to see a calendar that shows you the price difference if you flexed your trip dates a little. Another cool feature is the "Everywhere" search - shows you the cheapest flights out of your area just in case you feel like taking an impromptu trip but can't decide where to go.

AirBNB - This app is growing pretty quickly in popularity but has still managed to work out to be one of the best travel planning apps in terms of lodging. Want to rent a penthouse, vintage RV, treehouse or beach bungalow? Just specify where you're going and whether you're looking for a shared room, private room or private house and voila! Search results galore.

Google Translate - I'm sure you're all familiar with the benefits of a translation app but I love the versatility of this one. You can search by your native language to find a translation or vice versa, you can speak a word into your phone and have it translated, but my favorite feature is the word lens portion. Let's say I have a sign in Spanish that I need to read, I just pick my settings and point my camera at your phone converts what you're seeing into English! So amazing!

Rome2Rio - Easily my favorite app out of all of these. This comprehensive app will find you the cheapest route to where you are going using bus routes, train routes, airlines and ferries. It lays out all of your options with estimated travel times and fares. I. Love. This. App.

Foodspotting - Even though this one is very similar to Roadtrippers, I decided to list it anyway. Unlike Roadtrippers, which finds anything and everything, this app is specifically designed to focus on finding the best local foodie spots all around the world. I much prefer this app when I'm looking for local secrets and love to try the recommended meals on here. Can't wait to try this out in another country!

Do you guys have any apps you love to use while you travel?


23 March 2015

I have six months left until I leave and I've found that lately sometimes it's hard to stay focused on my goal. I've been working a lot, which has been great for my savings but I can feel myself losing steam. I'm trying to keep my mind busy with things like my dad and sisters birthday (along with my own in two weeks!) and a short trip to my cousin's wedding coming up. Anything to keep myself from walking my savings account to the mall and buying a bunch of crap I don't need.

I find that browsing Pinterest and looking at inspiring photos or reading inspiring words really helps to ignite that fire within me that just burns me up with the need to travel. Just words to stoke the fire, and help keep the flames going for the next six months while I countdown to the beginning of a new chapter of my life. Here are a few of my favorite quotes that will hopefully inspire some of you as well. Are there any quotes or poems that always seem to give you chills? Please share in the comments - I love some good prose.

Not all those who wander are lost.
- J. R. R. Tolkien

One day, you will wake up and there won't be anymore time to do the things you've always wanted. Do it now.
- Paulo Coelho

The trouble is, you think you have time.
- Buddha

Somewhere something incredible is waiting to be known.
- Carl Sagan

Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves.
- Henry David Thoreau

A ship in the harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.
- John A. Shedd

It's a funny thing coming home. Nothing changes. Everything looks the same, feels the same, even smells hte same. You realize what's changed is you.
- F. Scott Fitzgerald

Your mountain is waiting, so get on your way.
- Dr. Seuss

She must find a boat and sail in it. No guarantee of shore. Only a conviction that what she wanted could exist, if she dared find it.
- Jeanette Winterson

It doesn't matter how this looks to other people. If this is something you gotta do, then you do it. Fighters fight.
-Rocky Balboa

Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny.
- C. S. Lewis

If you ever find yourself in the wrong story, leave.
- Mo Willems

She stood in the storm and when the wind did not blow her away, she adjusted her sails.
- Elizabeth Edwards

I grabbed onto my fear and swung out on it. Hoping to land anywhere away from here.
- Me


16 March 2015

The Private Life of a Girl
This blog is a mecca of creativity inspiring images and blog posts. Sophie is a brilliant writer and always seems to put something out there that moves me towards a creative epiphany. I look forward to my morning cup of coffee, reading her updates.

Sea of Shoes
Jane Aldridge (uhm yeah, that name is just beautiful) is the stylish genius behind this blog. Pretty much all of my fashion pins come from her site. Her class, timeless taste in fashion is exactly what I want to emanate. Her dreamy photos, whimsical backgrounds and beautiful outfits are enough to induce any girl's fashion fever. Yeah, I just said fashion fever.

Design Love Fest
I'm a relatively new reader of this one but boy do I love it. The photography is just beautiful. Drool worthy foodie posts, awe inspiring color palettes and lifestyle posts that will make you feel motivated and happy to be alive. Oh and be prepared to change your desktop background once a week because you will love the "Dress Your Tech" posts. Seriously. I just changed mine a few hours ago.

Hand Luggage Only
Of course I had to include a travel blog! Lloyd and Yaya are two cuties who decided to make traveling their full time jobs. If you're looking for destination post, travel hacks, blogging tips and just general wanderlust inducing blog posts - this is the place for you. I think what I like most about really reading their content is their candor, their voices are just so honest!

I love so many more but these are just a few of my favorites right now. Who are some of your favorite bloggers? Please share in the comments!


20 February 2015

Good morning. This weekend I will not be: taking a break from schoolwork, staying home from work, enjoying the sunshine or waking up late and drinking coffee in bed. Another crazy week, trying to get my damn schedule under control. It always seems to be about the 6 week mark where school starts to get really hectic and overwhelming. Deep breath. Only SEVEN more months. I'm rounding down, but give me that. I'm thinking about doing a prose post this week, I posted this one a while back. And I think it's the only real piece of prose that I've put out into cyberspace. I miss writing. You know, the kind with a pen and paper? There's something really nostalgic about putting down your thoughts onto paper. I hope you all have a lovely weekend - and if any of you have actually been to the fox village I linked below... please share.

A village... of foxes!

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I've always loved and been inspired by dance so this man's ballet version of Take Me To Church really caught my eye.

Harry Potter fans, want to cry and fall in love with Snape at the same time?

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Blake Lively's new movie looks AWESOME!

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