Since 1989, Tony McCurdy has owned and operated one of the biggest and best travel stores in Vancouver. He did so because when he was traveling before the store opened, he noticed there were certainly a lot of travel agents, but no travel stores. Twenty five years later, you could call Wanderlust a traveller’s paradise. Everything you need for your big trip is right here and the staff is more than willing to point you in the right direction.
For starters there are bags and suitcases of every size and nearly every colour. There you can find all the necessities like locks, adapters and converters, and easily packable toiletries. But what Wanderlust is best known for is their maps and travel guides to just about every place in the world.
As for recommendations on where to travel, Tony says Europe has always been a steady choice and India is becoming more and more popular each year. But Tony is reticent to recommend a specific destination because everyone is different, “what works for one may not work for the next.” If you’re indecisive and unsure of where your next trip might be, a good start is in the travel guide section. They also make a perfect gift for the avid traveler in your family.
Whether you’re a young backpacker or a retiree, the store has something for everyone. With constant items on sale and doors open every day of the week, Wanderlust is the perfect destination before your next trip around the globe, and yes, they even sell those too. Winning a steady stream of Best Retailer awards, the place brings an option to Kitsliano that is not found in every mall or city block. This massive piece of heaven for any adventurer or family setting off on their first vacation provides everything you need to make the trip memorable and easy.