A Fellow Wanderlust-er: ‘Travel Junkie: A Badass Guide to Travel’ Book Review

**Disclaimer: I received this book as a review copy and this post includes affiliate links. I was not compensated monetarily for this or any other post on Aquaberry Bliss.**

It takes about 5 months for wanderlust to hit me hard after going on a travel excursion, domestic or abroad. It’s a predictable countdown that has me searching flight times, hotel accommodations and even booking trips on Groupon almost year-round! (Yes, it works and it’s awesome and it’s totally worth it to book on Groupon, I went on my honeymoon to Nicaragua this way!) Traveling has a special way of refreshing and reinventing you, allowing you to look at your life in a different way and incorporate new experiences into your sense of self.

TV Personality Julia Dimon feels my pain. In her new e-book, Travel Junkie: A Badass Guide to Travel (Disclosure: I got it for free), she chronicles her awesome world adventures while working as a co-host for National Geographic Adventure and Travel Channel International’s Travel TV series “Word Travels.”travel junkie 1

She’s been all over the globe, adventuring, eating and dancing her way to happiness.

Reading the first few pages of Julia’s book filled me with awe and was like gazing at a cool, “all grown-up” version of yourself in the future. I marveled at Julia’s incredible photos of herself doing unique things around the world; how lucky she was to have visited all these places at such a young age!

Julia driving a Ferrari in Italy.

Julia driving a Ferrari in France.

Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic

Me in Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic

I feel a kinship toward Julia, I too have an extensive list of all kinds of exotic world locations I’ve been-a few of them are the same places as she’s been! But it’s no match for the places I want to go in the future.

Julia eating a starfish in China.

Julia eating a starfish in Asia.

Florence, Italy

Me in Florence, Italy

I found her book to be incredibly interesting, enjoyable, adventurous and inspiring. Not only do I feel frequent wanderlust, I have felt times where I am not traveling as much as I want to, or life has gotten too dull. Julia’s book provided the perfect kick in the pants to get up and seek adventure! I almost felt like I was in the places she described.

Julia on a camel in Jordan.

It’s easy to get swept up in wanting to visit exotic locations of the world, but if that isn’t an option, you can do lots of things that make you feel like you’re adventuring, all over your own town. Just try new places and constantly seek new experiences.

Tikal Flores, Guatemala

Me in Tikal Flores, Guatemala

Travel Junkie: A Badass Guide to Travel is unique-It’s part memoir, part travel guide; Julia offers tips, tricks, personal experiences and travel lessons in a silly and inspiring way. Here are some things she learned through her journeys and taught me:

– How to maximize air miles
– How to pack and navigate an airport like a pro
– How to get off the beaten track and connect with locals
– How to volunteer abroad
– How to tame fear and live your travel dreams

Julia with the Masai in Kenya.

Julia with the Masai in Kenya.

I’m currently in one of my travel lulls. I found Julia’s book at the perfect time for it to inspire me to get back outdoors and experience new things! I wonder where I’ll go next….

Photos: Elizabeth Adan, Julia Dimon

PrintBy Elizabeth Adan

Elizabeth Adan is a Freelance Writer, Publicist and Brand Ambassador. Her blog Aquaberry Bliss is a unique outdoor lifestyle blog dedicated to expanding your world and inspiring your creativity. When Elizabeth isn’t traveling, you’ll find her writing, hiking or gardening. Find Elizabeth on Twitter @stillaporcupine and on LinkedIn.

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2 thoughts on “A Fellow Wanderlust-er: ‘Travel Junkie: A Badass Guide to Travel’ Book Review

    • I was afraid too but so far it’s been worth it! I’ve even gone so far as to call Groupon to see if a hotel was legit because the language barrier was so strong we weren’t sure what we were getting ourselves into! They must get that a lot haha. We went anyway and it was one of the best travel experiences I’ve ever had!

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