How to Backpack in Style

If you checked out my vlog last week you know I have decided to stay in a hostel instead of a hotel and it is now booked! So cool!  It’s a couple city blocks away from Bari Gotic, Barcelona’s gothic quarters. Super exciting since it’s such a central location and close to so many sites I’ve plan to see.
Nowonderlust filled annaw it dawns on me that I need to start planning out the specifics of this wonder filled adventure of mine…   I am NOT a light packer, so first on my to do list is to figure out which carry on is most convenient, comfortable and compact for me and my needs.   I can’t afford to loose my luggage so I don’t want to check anything in.   I contemplated between a small rolling carry on vs a backpack, but a backpack makes more sense for my travels since I hope and plan to add a few more stops to my itenerary in my upcoming voyage to Spain.  Barcelona is so close to southeastern France and accessible by the TGV train that it would just take two to three hours to travel there.  I’m not sure if I will stay overnight in France so a backpack is more convenient and practical for this open-ended journey.
As I searched online for different backpacks I ran into a ton of options, but they were mostly very masculine which is not what I’m going for.  I want a backpack, but I do want to be a bit stylish and feminine which brought me to #travelfashiongirl.  What a neat blog!  Excactly what I needed to help guide me in finding the essentials to pack smart and with style, you go girl!  If like me, you have decided to live your dream of traveling the world this site is super helpful for wonderlust filled women, I highly recommend you check her out.  For ideas on what clothing to bring and how to minimize my packing I found #herpackinglist to be helpful, check it out.
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After looking at many options, I’ve decided on an Osprey Backpack, the Aura 65 seems to have everything I’m looking for.  They had several color options, but this teal was my fave.  It’s stylish, colorful and very durable so I can use it for all my future trekking ventures.  The price is on the high end, but I plan to use it pretty frequently so it made more sense for me to invest in better quality gear.   After checking out #travelfashiongirl and #herpackinglist I realize I have much more to plan out than just my choice of carry on luggage… I’ll be needing gadgets and day to day essentials which for a woman is always a very long almost never ending list.  How will I condense this to a smart and useful list?  I have no idea… Off I go to putting that together now.  @annaswonderlust http://www.annaswonderlust.com

Is this alright?

As I bite my nails out of excitement after booking a very spontaneous flight to Barcelona all I could think of is what am I getting myself into?  I’m not suppose to do this?  This is not what I do.   I’m a mom, I’m a wife, I’m a worker… what was I thinking? And to top it off I’m going alone?  This is not alright…
And then I look over my madness of guides and maps and see the unexpected. My son helping me map out the towns and cities I should visit.  His smile, his joy and excitement…who would’ve imagined? Then I realized that he’s just showing me he is happy and excited for me.  How deep is that!  Here I was so nervous, doubting myself, thinking I was being selfish or that maybe it was just not the right time to do this, to pursue this dream of mine.  But what perfect way to put a stamp on this wonderlust of mine than this?!  He is happy to see his mother find herself, find the other things in life that also make her happy.  Without even thinking of it, I am teaching my son one of life’s most important lessons, to live your dreams. mapping it out