Some people may have a tendency to look down upon those of us with the aforementioned condition.

They may think wanderlust is the cause of instability, lack of commitment, and flighty-ness in the individual. Although there is some evidence for this, but what if it actually is a reflection of our Maker? Part of our beautiful nature which God has impressed upon us and it is ours to discover? 

My heart stirs to explore, discover, and understand the works of our Lord from different perspectives. 

This is what wanderlust means to me.


Annie Mae’s Essential Carry-On

For my Carry-On, regardless of trip length – be it a day trip or 3 week trip abroad – I have a variation of the following:

Backpack: Orange Osprey

Puffy Vest: Coral Eddie Bauer

Beanie: Purple Cashmere

Klean Kanteen: Filled with water shortly before boarding the plane

Winston the Cow – Travel buddy & neck pillow

Macbook Air & Cord

iPhone & Cord

Wallet: extra check & emergency cash


Snacks = something sweet & something salty: fruit leather, smokehouse almonds, Theo chocolate, an apple, gum and extra Starbucks Vias


Pens & pencils


Book: “The Princess and the Goblin”)

Headphones, earplugs, and case



A bandaid

A comb

A hair tie


What do YOU consider your travel essentials?

Let the adventure begin… with a change of plans

Wander Lesson #1 = Be Flexible!running-away

The best made plans… sometimes just don’t work out.

I had all of my ducks in a row.

All the little details were taken care of. So I thought…

Then 2 hours before departure, my mode of transportation to Vancouver fell through. So I scrambled for an hour and then all of a sudden there were 9 things that still needed doing before I left! HOW did that happen?!

I am so thankful for good friends and family who smile and pray and help me along the way.

The time for decisions came and I bought a train ticket instead of driving and I have started my adventure by taking the Amtrak train to Vancouver, B.C. The train is running an hour late due to freight trains and bridges – which will put me at my hotel at 12:30 am… but considering I needed to stay up late to start adjusting to UK time (currently 9 hours ahead), I’m finding myself really enjoying the calm.

I HIGHLY recommend the train from Seattle to Vancouver. The ride along the coast is so beautiful, peaceful, and inspiring. Forgotten buildings, hidden coves, and farms that time hasn’t touched are just a few of the beauties the train had to offer.

…I am about to reach my destination!

From the train station I will take the SkyTram to my hotel. Wish me luck!

Pictures and details to come soon!