Craving a luxe getaway? Just for a minute?
Look no further than the beautiful life of Leslie Schipper. She chronicles West Coast and Hawaiian gems: rushing waterfalls, glowing sunsets, and rich coffee shop pastries.
In addition to writing her own travel blog, Leslie loves yoga and her new adopted city, Seattle. She told us a little more about herself, including where she feels most at home (in nature) and how much local cuisine one should eat while traveling (a LOT).
Trover: Give us an idea what you’re all about.
Leslie: I am a wanderlusting free-spirit. I was born and raised in Northern California, and moved to Hawaii where I stayed sandy and salty for 7 years. I recently moved to the gorgeous Pacific Northwest and am busily exploring my new territory.
I believe everyone should live as close to nature as possible. I personally feel most at home in the ocean or on a mountain.
Trover: What sparks your travel mojo?
Leslie: Immersing myself in the way other people live. I am fascinated by cultures, languages, nature and history.
The fact that the world is too big and life is too short scares me though. My list of places to visit keeps getting longer and I’m scared that I won’t get around to exploring them… but I’m giving it my best shot!
Trover: Any tips and tricks that you can pass on to the rest of us?
Leslie: Travel is a luxury, but it is attainable.
If you have a goal to travel, I would first suggest getting specific about the kind of experience you want to have. Do you want your travels to revolve around relaxing? The outdoors? Food? Landmarks? Art? Once you can visualize the experience, pick a destination that aligns with that vision.
When you finally get there, maximize your fun by following these guidelines:
- Don’t go overboard on the souvenirs.
- Engage with locals.
- Take a lot of photos.
- Explore what you can on foot and with public transportation.
- Eat local cuisine (lots of it!)
- Send postcards.
- Travel LIGHT.
Thanks Leslie for inspiring us, and passing along the great tips. And go ahead and smile for finding another great “happy place” on Trover.