5 Destinations to Add to Your 2018 Bucket List (and the travelistas who make them look magical!)

After spending the last two years traveling America's most beautiful routes I feel confident in saying I've mastered the art of the road trip. How to pack your bags, your car, beauty tips while traveling, how to make it out of sticky situations in one piece and I'm in love with how good it feels to connect with the deeply routed people all over this big badass country. 

I ended this year with a trip back to the country that spurred my interest in writing my book Wanderful to begin with - Spain - and here's the short version of how all of that came to be:

I spent the summer of 2014 finishing up my first book New Orleans Style. Here I was, given an opportunity to create something that would become my calling card as an author and in the spirit of my wanderluster Grandmother I studied the constellations, put my luck on a full moon and booked a one-way flight to the Mediterranean coast.

As I took off it occurred to me: every time I’d taken a trip I’d sought out a guide. Usually that came in the form of a book, or a magazine, and lots of google searching for travel blog posts on my intended destination - there were lots of lists of the best restaurants and bars, the museums to visit, and the tours to take - but what I hadn't found was a guide for the fashion loving bohemian types like me! Those interested in slow, experiential travel. So, I set out to make just that. Wanderful became the American road trip version of that, and what I wish for the readers is that they get out and see the wonderment that America has to offer. 

photo credits below

photo credits below


2018 Dream Destination List

So now, 3 years later, it's the end of 2017 and I'm thinking where to next.?! I'm starting to brainstorm ideas for next projects and certainly intend to cover more international travel in 2018, and so to end the year Ben and I spent a few weeks in Spain - it's truly a country that sparks my inspiration like no other. 

I've been poring through the Expedia blog to get ideas for 2018 travels and here's 5 destinations I'm adding to the list, and some of my magical girlfriends lending to that inspiration.

p.s. even if you're only planning one adventure this year, let these glorious destinations & ladies inspire the wanderlust in you.

Santorini

My darling friend Keiko (yes the one that's alllll over my book) visited Santorini this year and every photo was a pure dream. I researched a bit and then this article grabbed me - romance? oui, please!

photo via Keiko Lynn

photo via Keiko Lynn

Glamorous seascapes, glittering horizons and white washed hillsides... I don't know what I'd do first: sample the local wines (the vines grow deep into the island’s ancient volcanic soil enhancing the flavors), swim in the Aegean Sea or rent a car to venture out to the blue umbrella-topped Red Beach and Oia.

Florence

Michaela has become a digital friend and every "Wanderess" post on her site inspires new ideas for travel.

photo via Verite Woman

photo via Verite Woman

This particular post on Italy has me wanting to spend weeks exploring the country but MIchaela's photos coupled with her the notes on Florence: a quaint apartment within walking distance of all one’s favorite gelato shops, tucked away restaurants with local fare of house-cured meats, and expertly curated cheeses and wonderfully stylish locals have me wanting to make Florence my first Italian destination. 

Byron Bay

Krystal is another one of my travel loving friends and my oh my does she ever make traveling look like an ethereal delight. Her blog is one of the most beautiful out there. Between she and Jasmine (my Aussie friend who's currently living life as a New Yorker) these two have given me a serious lust for Australia. 

photo via This Time Tomorrow

photo via This Time Tomorrow

Krystal spent this holiday season traversing Australia, go take a look at her instagram to get some serious Australian summer inspiration, and in her recent post on Byron Bay she describes it like this: A coastal town, Byron Bay is located in the southeastern corner of New South Wales and offers all the sea-faring charm you’d expect it to — think Santa Cruz meets Montauk, with a dash of Venice Beach — where surfers live to surf [and] where families live in the most adorable beach-facing homes, shopping at the local farmer’s markets every Sunday." I want to go for the views (of course), the seaside meet jungle hikes and the bohemian inspired shopping throughout the area. 

Cuba

photo via Amanda Bjorn

photo via Amanda Bjorn

Amanda, who's gorgeousness graced the cover of my book (and who's also seen on lots of pages in the Pacific Coast Highway chapter), makes living the life of a world traveling photographer look incredibly connecting. This winter & spring she's leading Photo & Art tours and I'm fingers crossed, going to make one of these happen by end of Spring. Her Cuba tour includes balcony breakfasts, ocean swims, visits to artists collectives, and convertible rides. Si, si si!

Lisbon 

photo via Ana Linares

photo via Ana Linares

Ana has been on a world traveling whirlwind this year. Go scroll through her 'gram for just a sec and you'll be hard pressed to actually decide which destination she makes look the best.

She visited Lisbon this year after discovering her grandmother's family originated there, and she shared her experience on "meadering" through Lisbon in this post. I researched a bit more, found this 48 hour guide to Lisbon, and coupled with the inspiration from Ana's photos - Lisbon climbed (easily) onto this list. 


I can't wait to get the planning underway. I've got some good tools I've been using for booking too - so I'll be back to share those soon! In the meantime, any places you think I need to add to the list? Tell me, tell me, tell me!

Wanderfully yours,

Andi

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Travel Diary: Joshua Tree | A Metaphysical Adventure

The journey to the metaphysical mecca of Joshua Tree, deep in the Mojave desert is a spiritual one. There’s a connectedness and a solitary easeful feeling that arises passing through those gnarled trees that give this area its name. 

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To get prepared for any adventure I like to get the vibe going at home first. I have my own little bohemian traveler library and there's a full list in my book for every single chapter and destination. I've pulled a few favorites from the "Way Out West" chapter to get you in the desert head space!

Movies to watch: Stones For Ibarra (1988), Lo Sound Desert (2015), Bagdad Cafe (1987), Young Guns (1988), Tiger Eyes (Judy Blume), The Darjeeling Limited (2007)

Books to read: Wind, Sand and Stars (Antoine de Saint-Exupéry), Joshua Tree (Rudy Vanderlans), A Field Guide to Getting Lost (Rebecca Solnit), Desert Solitaire (Edward Abbey), Complete Astrology: The Classic Guide to Modern Astrology (Alan Oken)

Bands to set the tone: U2, Queens of the Stone Age, Emmy Lou Harris, The Flying Burrito Brothers, The Rolling Stones, Best Coast, Wavves, Eagles of Death Metal


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Painters, writers, poets and musicians have been making the pilgrimage to Joshua Tree for decades. John Lennon famously recorded “Imagine” and Come Together” from The Joshua Tree Tapes here. There’s a love story to enlightenment transcending from these rare landscapes.  

There’s a ghost of melancholy romance in the atmosphere.

Gram Parsons of the Byrds and the Rolling Stones, who died suddenly in room Number Eight at the Joshua Tree Inn, spent time there. He had a deep chemistry with Emmy Lou Harris - and while the two never quite solidified their love affair, the cosmic cowboy sound they created is reflective of the electricity between them. Outlaw artists of the early 70’s went for wide open spaces, psychedelic enlightenment, in an outpost surrounded by monumental rock formations, mojave yucca, juniper and sage. 

Joshua Tree at Sunset
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What to pack for a trip to Joshua Tree

The Joshua Tree girl hangs with friends channeling the proper 70s-era rocker. She dresses in glamorous maxi gowns or in leather, fringe and concert tees. In Joshua tree she blooms. She’s a delicate cactus flower, stylish by nature mixing high end designer finds with hand-me-downs vintage beauties from her grandmother’s closet. 

Where to stay 

There’s so many Airbnb options, from tree houses to homestead cabins each offering a unique experience and a shift in perspective. On my most recent visit we chose the Cozy Dezert Retreat - for less than about $100/night there's 2 bedrooms, an outdoor firepit, jacuzzi tub and scenic views abound.

Another (super instagrammable option) is the Dome in the Desert. An 80’s era geodesic dome, stocked with books on palm reading and fortune telling and all sorts of knick knacks you’ll want to find for your house back home. Light up the palo santo here and allow your inner creativity to be unhinged.

Joshua Tree Sunset

Can't Miss Joshua Tree:

FOR THE SPIRITUALIST: Schedule a visit to the Integratron for a chakra alignment and sound bath. The Integratron is an energy machine built on a geomagnetic vortex in Landers, California, twenty miles north of Joshua Tree. According to the creator, the wooden dome was built utilizing the design of Moses’s Tabernacle, the writings of Nikola Tesla, and telepathic directions from extraterrestrials. Mmmhm, not quite sure who ET contacted but interesting right?!

According to the website, “The structure is designed to be an electrostatic generator for the purpose of rejuvenation and time travel.” You’ll float out the door afterward.

FOR THE FASHIONISTA: Throughout Joshua Tree and the neighboring Yucca Valley are several boutiques and bohemian-chic vintage shops. Ricochet Vintage Wears (packed with groovy printed frocks), the End (curated by a Hollywood costume designer), Hoof & the Horn (full of Americana styles), Funky & Darn Near New (for leather, fringe, and cowboy boots), and Trailer Trash (stocked with handmade art, clothing, and music memorabilia) are all worth an afternoon of deep rack diving. 

FOR THE MUSIC LOVER: Ease into Joshua Tree local life at the Joshua Tree Saloon for karaoke under a disco ball. Give the crowd your best Jagger and settle in for a night of cheap beer and deep conversations.

It's not a full trip without a visit to Pappy & Harriet's Pioneer Palace, so make sure to put it on your list. Standing on the site of an Old West Frontier Town movie set built by Hollywood investors including Gene Autry and Roy Rogers this place is a roadside dream. Known for its’ mesquite barbecue and mac and cheese Pappy & Harriet’s offers raucous good times and intimate music shows with bands like Best Coast, Vampire Weekend and the Pixies.

Joshua Tree Sunset

As you leave Joshua Tree, gaze up into the ethereal California sky, feel the heaviness of the air, and take off into the dreamscape, knowing you’ll never forget the out-of-body experience this whole trip has been. 

I can't wait to see what you find on your own adventures. Be sure to tag #AWanderfulLife so we can all follow along together.

Wanderfully yours,

Andi


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Andi Eaton

Andi Eaton is a creative director, author, entrepreneur, and cultural influencer in a variety of media. She produces Oui We (ouiwegirl.com) the modern bohemian's guide to everything from travel and style to beauty and holistic wellness. Andi and her projects have been featured on Domino, Glitter Guide, A Beautiful Mess, Southern Living, SELF, Hello Giggles, Refinery 29, WWD, Elle Canada and more; in 2017 she wrapped a year of road tripping throughout the U.S. photographing and documenting travel, style and culture stories available in her new book: "Wanderful: The Modern Bohemian's Guide to Traveling in Style".

Photo Preview: Wanderful! Eastern Seaboard & The Texas Hideaways

Hi hi,

I'm back with another little photo preview. As I mentioned last week we're a few days away from release; you can still pre-ordered or go ahead and camp out at your local bookshop, or Barnes, Borders, Urban, etc to get your hands on one of the first copies of Wanderful! If you do decide to camp out holla at me and I'll come meet you 😉 !

Another little reminder: I'll be in New York City speaking on September 19th at Rizzoli and New Orleans friends, save the date for an event at Martine Chaisson Gallery on September 16th! Yay! 

Here's another round of photos, from two places that couldn't be more different! Chapter 3 covers the Eastern Seaboard of Maine, and 4 is Austin, Marfa and Terlingua! 

I'll share a preview of chapters 5 - 9 tomorrow and Monday and release day is Tuesday so then we party, ya know!?

Enjoy!

The Eastern Seaboard with Keiko Lynn

The Texas Hideaways with Aza & Char

I'll be back again tomorrow with Route 66 & a road trip through the electric desert of New Mexico all the way to Joshua Tree, CA!

Wanderfully yours!

Andi


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Andi Eaton is a creative director, author, entrepreneur, and cultural influencer in a variety of media. She produces Oui We (ouiwegirl.com) the modern bohemian's guide to everything from travel and style to beauty and holistic wellness. Andi and her projects have been featured on Domino, Glitter Guide, A Beautiful Mess, Southern Living, SELF, Hello Giggles, Refinery 29, WWD, Elle Canada and more; in 2017 she wrapped a year of road tripping throughout the U.S. photographing and documenting travel, style and culture stories available in her new book: "Wanderful: The Modern Bohemian's Guide to Traveling in Style".

3 Destinations for A Southern Summer Road Trip

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If you haven't already started it this summer, it's time to take a moment and get your summer bucket list underway. I've been inspired to finally do so after seeing so many of my girlfriends creating beautiful memories with their friends and families (and on solo adventures too!) already this summer!

Miami on Film by Ben Alleman

As my book release date draws closer and closer I'm personally traveling a little bit less - just a teeny bit less really, but still - considering last year around this time I was on the 7th of 9 road trips around the US, I'm considering weekend getaways to be easy ways to keep that wanderlust spirit alive.

Today I'm sharing 3 destinations for Southern Summer Road Trips - each of these are included in the pages of the book - plus I'm including a few more outtakes from Wanderful, and a couple of photos that will be featured too! I'm also including a few reminders of how to have a successful summer road trip, I mention the necessities often here - and truly making sure you're prepared before you hit the highway is so important!

What's on my preparation list?

Music, snacks and cute outfits of course, however - as important? Jumper cables, a tire patch kit, water, hand sanitizer and essential oil aromoas to keep the car smelling fresh. I also always take our SUV in for service before long haul road trips: have your tires checked, fluids topped and certainly get your oil changed if your nearing the mileage mark for that (more on that at the close of the post!). 

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Once you've gotten the essentials checked off your list it's time to hit the road! So here we go, 3 destinations for a southern summer road trip:

Rosemary Beach

Vibe: Old World European village meets small town hospitality. The silhouettes in the town center are inspired by the West Indies, New Orleans and Charleston style architecture. Deep eaves, high ceilings, gardens, and fountain-filled courtyards pepper the community. Most 30A (that's the name of the stretch of highway running along these coastal beaches) first timers comment that they never knew America had such beaches -  they’d maybe traveled to Hawaii or to the Southern Caribbean thinking that’s the only place they’d find white sandscapes and emerald waters like these.

What to Wear: A monochromatic or floral romper, maybe pack one of each, a new bikini and a flowy caftan for the evening out.

Hang outs: Rent a bike, grab a beach ball and go play on the sprawling green lawn. Strolling around the town center, you’ll find there’s a little of everything, candy and coffee shops, restaurants and boutiques. At sunset the sky in Rosemary is a tapestry of colors making it an artist's delight.

Rosemary Beach Town Hall

Miami

Vibe: Nostalgic and energizing, with shiny chrome and faded pastels filling your eye. Miami is cleverly referred to as the “American Riviera.”

What to Wear: I like to imagine a 1940’s Rita Hayworth double dating with Orson Welles, their crew fully dressed to the nines. It's a place to summon your inner bombshell. Throw on a sheer printed mini shirt dress over your crocheted monokini, add shiny sandals and statement jewelry and you’re set! 

Hang outs: The beach of course, however there's the Art-Deco District, with properties ranging from some of the finest hotels in the world to luxury hostels, with summer camp vibes; there's the Wynwood Art District comprised of art complexes, eclectic restaurants and cafes and one of the largest open-air mural installations in the world and Little Havana, where fruit stands, coffee windows (or ventanitas), art galleries and cuban-afro beat music keep things lively.

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Seaside Beach

Vibe: Like Rosemary Beach, Seaside sits along Highway 30A; the vibe is Truman Show (it was filmed in and around the area) meets Airstream party and picket-fence perfectness.

What to Wear: Seaside caters to the girl that always has a towel stashed in her jeep, sunscreen in her glovebox and a bikini in her bag.

Hang outs: There’s really three places to hang out in Seaside: the beach, for all the same reasons we talked about above; the town center, which is the central hub of all of 30A, and then the Ruskin Place Artist colony, which originated as a workshop district with artisans living above their workspaces surrounding sculpture-filled Fairy Park. 

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I can't wait to see where you guys are adventuring to this summer! Be sure to leave a comment below to share your #summerbucketlist dreams!

When it comes to summer road trips, I've got quite a few checklists so be sure to take a look at those if you need a packing list, if you're going glamping, need a beauty must have list or might be spending time in the deserts out west.  

I'm sharing this post in partnership with Pennzoil® High Mileage Vehicle®. There's a rollback happening now, high mileage is $4 off (39.88 to 35.88) - the link above includes those details and a store finder to find an Automotive Care Center near you. Pennzoil® High Mileage Vehicle® motor oil helps clean out the sludge lesser oils leave behind, while reducing leaks and oil consumption. It’s specifically designed for new or late model vehicles with over 75,000 miles, with the mission of keeping engines running clean and going strong.
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The SUV we take on road trips has over 150k miles - and we've driven it all over the country. We drop our car off for the DIFM (Do-It-For-Me) oil change service with Pennzoil specifically from the Walmart ACC while we grab everything else on our travel essentials checklist. There's nothing worse than getting stuck somewhere from a car breakdown, it's so important to keep your car running well while out on the road!


Thanks for following along my wanderful friends!

Wanderfully yours,

Andi

photos 1 & 4 Ben via 35mm, photos 2, 3, 5 Hunter Holder for Wanderful. 


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Andi Eaton

Andi Eaton is a creative director, author, entrepreneur, and cultural influencer in a variety of media. She produces Oui We (ouiwegirl.com) the modern bohemian's guide to everything from travel and style to beauty and holistic wellness. Andi and her projects have been featured on Domino, Glitter Guide, A Beautiful Mess, Southern Living, SELF, Hello Giggles, Refinery 29, WWD, Elle Canada and more; in 2017 she wrapped a year of road tripping throughout the U.S. photographing and documenting travel, style and culture stories available in her new book: "Wanderful: The Modern Bohemian's Guide to Traveling in Style".