My adoration for travel began at an early age. Family vacations to the lake turned into trips to the beach which turned into visits to faraway lands overseas. From humble beginnings come great things, and it’s the little moments that have made travel so impactful for me. My mom was bound and determined to get me up on water skis at the ripe age of 4 by throwing me in the lake and bribing me with $5 to hold onto the rope and stand up. Little did I know that exchange was the best deal I would ever make, as it jolted my adventurous spirit into 6th gear. Not too long afterwards, my dad put me in a tiny sailboat at the beach. I cried the entire time because I was sure we’d soon be taken by the shark infested waters, but we weren’t. We lived to tell the tale with my adventures and courage growing with each parental nightmare. Since those humble beginnings, I’ve swam with the dolphins in Mexico, scuba dived in Colombia, and polar-bear plunged into the near freezing waters of Lake Louise, Canada.
I tell you this not to humble brag about my athleticism in extreme water activities, but to let you in on where my love for travel and adventure began. I may have only been blogging about it for very little time, but I’ve been an active participant my entire life. The majority of emails I receive revolve around the question of…
I’ve wanted to start a blog for years, but I didn’t want it to be some half-ass project. I wanted it to be full of pertinent travel info, funny situations with comedic relief, a plethora of pretty pictures and my personality. I wanted it to be a place where I could write about my thoughts during my excursions as well as report on things I saw and places I went. Feelings and facts. I wanted it to be an extension of who I am while also giving my readers what they want and need.
Fourteen months ago, I decided to take the plunge and head south to Argentina with my boyfriend, Wade. Landing at the Buenos Aires airport with two bags, sub-par Spanish skills, and a job offer has been my most memorable travel moment to date. Short version: Best decision I ever made. Longer version: I managed a marketing team for a luxury hospitality company for a year and loved every second of it. The knowledge I acquired and the travels I had done over the past 27 years of life prepared me for starting my own website. It was just a matter of finding the best way to present it to my readers and inspire others to follow in my footsteps. I knew what I had to do: Quit my job and put some major focus and undivided attention on this creation.
And so became The Road Les Traveled.
And so I became a full-time travel blogger with no regrets.
If you could pick up and go anywhere in the world right now, where would you go? Tell me in the comments below!