We have to continually be jumping off cliffs and developing our wings on the way down. – Kurt Vonnegut
This post comes to us from writer Lauren Haule.
We all have that friend. The woman who never stops moving.
As eager to hop on a plane for a month and backpack through Patagonia as she is to try the new coffee shop downtown – she is curious, competent, and thrives on the unfamiliar. She is the Explorer.
Invigorated by the idea of a place she’s never seen before, a culture she’s never experienced, and the simple thought that the amount of new discoveries the world is capable of providing could fill up a lifetime, the Explorer lives in a state of constant motion.
She is one of those friends that you drop everything to see when she’s there, because her energy and intrigue are infectious. Her style follows suit, reflective of the places and people she’s seen and have left their mark. Just as she’s able to let her mind be encompassed by her surroundings, so her clothing seems to blend into the local fashion and look like she belongs.
Each trinket, each street-side painting on her wall tell her story, as their eclectic style reflects the influence of her travels.
What’s in her bag?
Full of equal parts style and function, her bag is always equipped with an extra pair of shoes, a dress, a swimsuit, the ever-reliable jumpsuit, a scarf, and a necklace. The Explorer is ready for whatever situation presents itself – be it a stroll on the beach, a night on the town, or a weekend camping trip. She can’t be too fussy about a beauty regimen on the move, and so she only carries the essentials. Her journal in hand, she passes the travel time writing of her world in intricate detail – both real experiences and the way she imagines it to be.
Where does she go?
I think it’s safe to say that she goes everywhere, but here are a few notable favorites:
Victoria Falls, South Africa – located at the southern tip of the Zambezi River, the falls are the seventh natural wonder of the world. Equal parts adventure, beauty, entertainment and relaxation, the falls will never disappoint when in need of an escape.
Sardinia, Italy – Spend one day on the Costa Smeralda (The Emerald Coast) and you will be eternally connected to this wondrous slice of paradise. Whether its sun, sand, history, or adventure you seek, Sardinia offers it all. Surrounded by idyllic turquoise waters nature thrives here, and there is much to discover along coastal hikes and shoreline caves, stretching deep into the island.
Nicaragua – Volcanos, colonial towns, forests, rivers, surf and sand – there isn’t much that Nicaragua doesn’t have to offer. With its colorful architecture and rich culture steeped in food and tradition, this South American getaway is a place where you can discover something new each time you go. To the Explorer, it is food for the soul.
Bali, Indonesia – while Hollywood may have put this paradise back on the map, Bali has always been the quintessential destination. The beaches, food, nightlife and agriculture are magical in and of themselves, but the Balinese people are what make this piece of Indonesia truly unique. As the Explorer revels in emotion and connection, she’d be hard pressed to find a better fit.
Whom does she admire?
The Explorer admires those who pioneered exploration and inspire others to do the same. Women such as Gertrude Bell, who initiated the school of thought that relics should be preserved and kept in their home countries. Isabella Bird, who defied risks of women being able to travel alone. From Amelia Earhart, the first woman to fly across the Atlantic (among many other firsts), to Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman to fly in space.
She sees the beauty in the diversity of the world. She looks to those who understand that our differences are what keep life interesting. Every culture in its style, its music, its way of life is one small intricate piece. The Explorer is always moving because, with so much to see, how could she ever stop?
+ For those of you who are ready to join our need for wanderlust, FP Escapes is for you. Come explore breathtaking landscapes around the globe and gain a sense of place from knowledgeable guides and gurus! Your next adventure is waiting.
Read more from Lauren here…
Free People Blog