This week, I wanted to share with you two articles that made my heart flutter with excitement – each representing my love of all things Roots & Wings.
#1: Top 50 Cities to See in Your Lifetime. If you ever needed a travel bucket list, the Huffington Post just gave it you on a silver platter. I’m heading to No. #3 (New York City) for my fourth visit in as many years in a couple of weeks. Now, I’m a glass half full kind of girl, so reflecting on the 23 out of 50 cities that I’d visited in my 27 years was like a nostalgic walk down memory lane:
1) Venice, Italy
2.) Seville, Spain
3.) New York City, USA
5.) Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
6.) London, England
9.) Rome, Italy
11.) Florence, Italy
12.) Havana, Cuba
15.) Paris, France
18.) Granada, Spain
19.) Athens, Greece
22.) Vatican City
27.) Amsterdam, Netherlands
28.) Luxor, Egypt
29.) Berlin, Germany
31.) Lyon, France
34.) Vienna, Austria
40.) Las Vegas, USA
42.) Sydney, Australia
43.) San Francisco, California
45.) Dubrovnik, Croatia
47.) Buenos Aires, Argentina
49.) Prague, Czech Republic
A travel bucket list is completely subjective, but I agree with the majority of cities listed in this article. Based on those places I’ve been, I understand why they are on the list – there is a unique culture, history or je ne sais quoi that just has to be experienced. Some, I agree, need to be “ticked” off the list but are not particularly amazing. For example, Las Vegas. It’s sin city – a bubble in the middle of the desert where anything can (and does) happen. It’s pure craziness, but should it be on the list over Talum or Chicago? Doubtful. Yes, Venice is a miraculous city on water but I’d recommend Verona or Bologna over Venice any day. So, what about the other 27 cities I’ve yet to visit? According to Huffington Post, I’ve got a lifetime so I should (could) take my time. But I’m hoping for (#13) Kyoto, (#14) Jerusalem and (#25) Istanbul in the not-to-distant future.
#2: Fifty Coffees – This is a blog by Lindsay, a NYC gal, taking a career break and figuring out her next steps by having 50 coffees with 50 friends and mentors. She says this is “a systematic approach to narrowing the field in a world with endless choice”.
I want to surround myself with dreamers, doers, believers, and thinkers because I want my world to continue to expand.
The idea is to turn your daily (or weekly) coffee into more than just a caffeine fix – using it as an opportunity to expand your network, develop your weak ties and get valuable input from those with more (or different) experience and perspective to you. This is not a new concept. Lindsay’s approach is based on How 50 Cups of Coffee Can Change Your Life and Why You Need to Take 50 Coffee Meetings. The general idea is to do your homework and network before making any major career or life decisions – by combining the processes, the NY Times Best Seller, What Colour Is Your Parachute? agrees that it results in an 86% success rate as a job hunting method (compared to looking for jobs on the internet (4 – 10% success rate) or approaching recruiters / agencies (5 – 28% success rate).
I haven’t exactly been scheduling a coffee a week, but I have been making a conscious effort to reach out to those interesting thinkers, doers and believers that I inevitably meet from time to time. So far, I’ve had coffees (or the odd chai tea or green juice) with:
- the lawyer I met at a corporate networking function who is also new to the blogging world (she writes about Making It Up as a young professional);
- my neighbour, an impressive ex-investment banker who has lived in London, NYC and Chicago (jealous much!?) and is contemplating her next career challenge;
- the change management consultant I met in a Pilates workshop after her 8 month holiday around the world to help transition from a corporate giant to a promising start-up; and
- the barrister I met at a professional development seminar who I approached for a chat and is now my career mentor with regular coffees galore!
It doesn’t always have to be a coffee either. I’ve reached out on Twitter and LinkedIn to authors of books, articles and blogs that interest me – exchanging emails and seeking their story or advice on lessons learned.
So, if you wanna grab a coffee and/or talk about your travel bucket list, drop me an email! I’m going to try and combine the two concepts during my trip to NYC – I’ll let you know how it goes. If Humans of New York is anything to go by, everyone in that city has a story and some wisdom to impart.
Photograph taken from Love This Pic.