Reading this as I continue plotting my itinerary for my upcoming trip to Europe! (…hmm, am I projecting here):

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Photo credit: Outside magazine


  • “The Hat: Keeping Pace with Madrid,” Wallpaper – Like a moth to a flame, I am instantly attracted to warm and communal spaces, especially if the environment incorporates natural woods, lots of plants and indoor/outdoor feel. Add a rooftop bar and it’s all over. That’s why I’m looking forward to my stay at this boutique hostel in the heart of Madrid.
  • “Becoming an American Expat in Poland,” Wherever – The author recalls a confluence of feelings between doing what is expected of him in American society and accepting his (potential) calling within. I feel like this is a recurring theme in many of the personal essays I’ve read about expat life, yet everyone has a unique story so this theme never gets dull for me. This, like the others like it, is a good read.
  • “28 Place to Go in 2016,” Outside – This list hit my inbox yesterday. While I was scrolling through their list of far-flung destinations and experiences, a familiar feeling made itself known in my chest. A yearning, an aching. Yep, there it is. Wanderlust manifesting itself once again. A beer-filled canoe tour in North Carolina, Basecamp Hotel in Tahoe City (ahem, see above) and surfing in Nihiwatu are just a few of the to-dos that has recently made my life list.
  • “Our Ultimate Guide to Solo Travel,” AFAR – Afar’s feature on how-to solo travel debuted in their February/March issue at the most opportune time as I prepare to embark on my first solo trip through Europe this year. I’ll have a few friends meeting me along my adventure, but for most of the way, it’ll just be me. Currently, I am excited and anxious with anticipation, though these stories did a lot to comfort my nerves and energize me for what’s to come.


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Weekend Reads is an almost/kind of/occasionally-weekly series on The Curious Passport and features a round-up of travel news, features and other related links (probably related to food, fitness or the outdoors) I’ve either found around the internet or has been sent my way by friends and family.