Turn a Wondrous Wander into a Mental Meander… in one easy blog post.

Last week I was in Athens for a travel blogger conference. Am I a blogger? No. Or rather, I wasn’t until today! What better inspiration to start a blog than to meet hundreds of world travellers who write about their motivational stories?

My friends have been begging me (OK, that’s a slight exaggeration) to start a blog for ages because they enjoy my stories. Why didn’t I? I’ve been focused on getting my business, Wondrous Wanders, up and running. And precisely because I love writing and telling stories, I knew there was a significant risk that I would get distracted from business with blogging. Which is a challenge in itself because in the travel and tourism world, sometimes it’s a chicken-and-egg story with bloggers and their businesses: which comes first? In my case, the business had to. I wanted to have ‘products on the shelf’, so to speak, when I started blogging so that people would have the option to try out the experiences I’d be writing about.

So what’s a Wondrous Wander, you ask?

A Wondrous Wander is a walk or event of discovery, of revelation… a meander with open eyes and mind through Brussels, elsewhere in Belgium, or further afield. It can take a couple of hours or a full day. It’s about finding hidden gems, inspiring images & intriguing anecdotes. My ‘tools of the trade’ are my red walking shoes, my camera, my passion, my curiosity, my pen, my notebook and usually a map, 734 Cigogne edited resizedjust in case.

Here’s how I define a Wondrous Wander…
Wondrous: the look of happy surprise on peoples’ faces at a new discovery. Wander: walking with a goal in mind, but being flexible enough to take the fork in the road if it looks more promising.

So, put it all together and Wondrous Wanders challenges you to look at places, people and things in a new way, see them through new eyes and, hopefully, with a new appreciation. It’s as if Bilyana, a tourism industry intern, read my mind when she wrote in her blog: “All of us managed to feel the magnificent spirit of Brussels by seeing things differently. All of us learnt so much about the city itself but also about ourselves.”

As far as my business goes I wander accompanied by small, intimate groups where I can create conversations and connections. Or I can bring people along on an exploration, a wander through a specific topic of interest…say, photography or wine. For the purposes of my blog, I can wander either accompanied or alone…I can wander through places or ideas with my feet or just my mind.

Will you enjoy my wondrous type of wander?395 Group @ Wall edited resized

I’m focused on enticing expats living in Brussels and visitors to the city to see another side of a place they often consider kind of boring and not too attractive. I’m out to prove them wrong by unravelling the mysteries of Brussels while following the remains of the 13th century first city wall.  Astrid, an enthusiastic expat commented: “Wendy made me see things I hadn’t seen in all these years — I completely rediscovered Brussels!” Wouldn’t you get a kick out of knowing you could do this for people?

I’ve also got some surprises up my sleeve for chocoholics – after all, Brussels is the capital of chocolate (no matter what the Swiss say!). To prove it, Brussels airport sells more chocolate than anywhere else in the world! I also create one-of-a-kind experiences for companies who are looking for unique team building opportunities or new ways to entertain visiting executives and their partners.

And for those who like a bit of emotive history mixed with their storytelling, a World War One Wander through northern France and Flanders fields in a small, private coach is a moving way to experience the stories of men and women from 100 years ago, standing on the very ground where so many thousands lived and died for their country in circumstances that are hard to imagine today.333 Smurfette G-P edited resized

Hopefully, I’ve made you a little curious, maybe inspired you to look a little deeper when you think of Brussels and Belgium. I hope you’ll join me on future blog wanders (hmm, would this be considered a bwog?). This may be the capital of Europe, but it’s the people, the culture, the history – and most importantly, the quirkiness — that make it such a wondrous place to live and wander!

 

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  1. I will most certainly join you on a Wondrous Wander one day soon!

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