The Perfect Travel Shoes (or how I stopped hating Crocs and ended up with happy feet)

Shoes Off Feet – Where They Should Be

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Crocs Fear

I have to admit, I did not exactly educate myself before I decided that Crocs would never, never ever, never ever ever, be worn on my two feet.  Just hearing the word filled my head with images of an over the hill me wearing rainbow hued plastic shoes while gardening (with teenagers snickering in the background for good effect).  Not sure where the gardening comes from but Crocs and gardening go hand in hand in my brain.

Alas, my distaste for this famed footwear came to a prompt end when a google search for travel shoes dropped a wee little bomb in my lap.  According to a number of weary travelers, Crocs were the only travel shoe for them.  So, I did the unthinkable, I visited the Crocs website and little by little my Croc hating heart warmed and I realized that not all Crocs were not made alike.  In fact,  all Crocs were not clogs and even some of the clogs were not as clog-like as I imagined.  (For the record, I don’t hate clogs, but plastic clogs rub me the wrong way).

And then it happened, before I knew it, a pair of Crocs Kadee was paid for and on its way to my house.

What Had I Done?

I had  just bought the most comfortable, lightweight, travel ready shoes that I have ever owned.  Plus the style can go from casual to semi dressy – great if you have limited packing space.  And they can take any kind of weather, so bring it on rain clouds! Oh and did I say they were lightweight  - yep like super light, like light as a cloud. Basically, if I could only bring one shoe with me on a trip, these would be them.

A few things to note, they fit on the larger size and don’t do half sizes so size down rather than up.  Also, you could wear these out of the box for your trip, but they get more comfortable as you wear them, a week of wearing them in would probably be perfect.  Last but not least, I thought rubber shoes would be weird, and they are, but in a good way.  They give you a little extra bounce in your step.  Add that to the extra bounce that travel brings and you’ll pretty much be flying to the moon any day now.  But seriously, these are so comfortable and are the best shoes for travel that I have been able to find.

Do you have a favorite shoe for travel?  Please share, that is priceless information you are holding there!

P.S. I don’t know anything about men’s travel shoes so any men out there feel free to share your favorites.

Around the Web: Travel Roundup

Haddon Hall, Jane Eyre's Thornfield in a number of versions of the movie

This lights up my (bookworm + traveler) heart!

I was giggling along with Geraldine as I tried to say Fohnsee out loud without images of The Fonz coming to mind.

Listening closely to the call of your ancestors – a heart opening journey to ancestral lands

Love these travel songs, though I would have to move Willie Nelson’s On the Road Again to the number 1 position

Cowboys, cardsharks and cabaret girls, all under one roof

Yet another reason to visit Peru – there are rumored to be over 4000 types of potatoes there.

Such a feeling of joy in this post – The Village You’ll Never Visit – Morado K’asa

Practical guide to avoiding getting sick when eating street food

“We have nothing to fear and a great deal to learn from trees…”

Vote for the ugliest building in Breuil-Cervinia

Make time to armchair (office chair) travel

“I offer my sweat as a gift to the earth” – what a way to start off a story

photo by: hans s

A Gift for you! Free Printable Travel Inspiration Poster

I was feeling like being a little creative this morning and thought I would make you a gift!

Click on the image above to get a free printable pdf of my Travel Inspiration poster (8.5 X 11). And if you like it please share or pin it! Thanks!

Love Kate

Crafty Travels: 10 Travel Inspired DIY Projects

Are you a true lover of travel with an artsy spirit?  Well guess what, you just hit the jackpot!  You don’t have to wait until your next vacation to serve up a little travel inspiration in your life.  Here are 10 travel inspired DIY projects from around the web that will color your world in travelicous ways!

From new homes for your old souvenirs to furniture with global appeal, travel DIY projects are a great way to express your inner travel junkie. And if these 10 leave you wanting more, be sure to check out my Travel Inspired DIY board on pinterest – I’ve added over 50 awesome projects to it and will keep adding as I find more.

1. Make a Chalkboard Globe

Photo Credit: Design Sponge

I am more than a little in love with this project. It’s relatively simple and inexpensive. You just need a globe, some chalkboard paint and tad a you have a doodle ready chalkboard globe that’s cute and functional. Make it >

Plan a great vacation: 7 activities to help you decide where to travel next

Planning a trip is not always easy especially if you don’t have any idea where you want to travel next. Never fear, there are tons of ways to come up with ideas for places to visit. I’ve brainstormed 7 things you can do to help you decide where to travel next. I promise it won’t take much time and you’ll be repaid in glorious travel experiences for years to come (pinky swear).

1. Search Pinterest

For those of you who don’t know, pinterest is a virtual pinboard but also serves as an amazing visual search engine. Trust me, you won’t walk away from your search without at least a few inspiring ideas for your next vacation. To get you started here are a few search terms you can try: next vacation, dream trip, travel bucket list, vacation ideas

2. Browse Travel Blogs

I could go on and on about how amazing and inspiring travel bloggers are. You are literally seconds away from living vicariously through these digital nomads. Travel bloggers share first-hand experiences of destinations, great ideas for things to do (or not to do), and travel tips galore. You will learn about places you have never even heard of or learn more about places you have by reading travel blogs.

There are so many great blogs out there I can’t list them all. So to get you started here are a few that are really helpful for finding great places to travel: Landlopers, Matador Network, Velvet Escape, Otts World, Destination Savvy

3. Brainstorm!

Okay – so you could just brainstorm a list of travel ideas, but I want you to try something different. Give yourself five minutes to write down all your interests. Are you a bookworm? Write it down. Have a passion for little house on the prairie? That belongs on the list too.

Once you are finished, take each of those interests and google the interest + the words “vacation ideas”. For example, if you love star trek (you know who you are) search for “star trek vacation ideas”. Do this for all of your interests and voila, you have an instant list of super personalized travel ideas.

Be creative if you don’t get the results you were looking for. You might have to play around with the search terms a little – for book worm I had to change it to “literary travel ideas”.

4. Visit the library

Okay, I admit it, that bookworm I was talking about earlier…that’s me. I love books and I super love libraries. You will too if you are trying to figure out your next place to visit. Just drop by your local library and visit the travel section.

Grab a few books at random and find a quiet nook where you can spend an hour or so armchair traveling. If any specific place is making you dream travel, research more about it and you will be well on your way to your next big adventure.

5. Ask Twitter

Mirror mirror on the wall…oops, wrong question – twitter is a great place to discover the latest and greatest from the mouths of many. Simply go to the discover page and enter a keyword to see what places people are talking about.

Here are a few to get you you started but be creative – the world is waiting to help you out! Twitter searches to start you off: #travel, #destination, #ttot, #expchat

6. Ask friends and family for recommendations

So this one is easy, but sometimes we forget that our friends and family have probably had some great vacations and would love to share pictures and stories with us from their times there.

Call a well travelled friend or family member and set up a coffee date. Let them know you want to hear about their travels and would love some recommendations. 2 heads are better then one you know + you get some quality time with loved ones as an added bonus.

7. If all else fails leave it up to luck

Have you tried all the ideas above and still can’t figure out where you want to go? It’s time to bring the big guns in then. Sometimes the best way to make a decision is to leave it up to fate. If you are in the mood for a true adventure get a map, close your eyes and let your finger do the talking.

If you want to be more dramatic you could always do the old throw a dart at the map wearing a blindfold and go where it lands thing, but I kind of want you to do it right now, with no procrastination. Go here, the site will list a random city in the world and let us know in the comments below where luck wants you to go.

So where are you going next? I’d love to hear what destination made your heart say yes! Let me know in the comments below.