When I was a child, I played airline attendant and explorer rather than dress-up and dolls. The passion to see, explore, and experience more was always there. Even at 8 years old, I planned a trip for my brother and me to fly and see my aunts who lived in a different province. I went as far as contacting the airline to see if we could travel alone. It’s in my blood.
~Have you found a spot that is your favorite – one that you revisit, or keep in your back pocket as a happy place?
Fiji! The culture, the people, the food, the activities, the way of life… it is all dreamlike.
~What about a last hold out bucket list location? Is there anywhere that you are saving for a special or rainy day? Why?
I haven’t been on an African Safari yet and it’s been lingering on my list. It always seems to get pushed for some reason or another but I hope to change that this year.
~Since the arrival of your little Athena, I know that you have chosen a more mellow, family friendly home base. How has this addition to your adventure crew changed your outlook? Does she tag along, learning the ropes, or do you have plans to include her later in life?
Athena will be a year next month, but it hasn’t slowed us down or deterred us from adventure/travel. This year we moved across the country, traveled to 9 different states, visited Canada and Fiji, swam with whale sharks, piloted a helicopter, glider, airplane, and biplane, went white-water rafting, explored waterfalls, and took surf lessons. These are just the adventures I can think of off the top of my head. Athena will be part of my travels and adventures. Rather than completely changing my life because I have a child, I find ways to incorporate her into it. She’s my sidekick. I want to teach her that we can live a life without restrictions and we are only limited by our imagination.
I guess I just don’t view those things like most people do. I don’t miss make-up because I never used it… ever. I don’t miss fancy clothes because I have them; I just get them from second-hand stores. I enjoy searching for a good bargain or finding vintage, unique clothes. My hair is long so asking my husband to snip off the ends really doesn’t require a lot of effort and it’s free! As for a night out, we love movies but prefer to watch them at home. We don’t need to get someone else to watch Athena and we don’t need to sit in a theater with others. I actually think it’s better at home. Plus, we have a theater-like popcorn maker and we can put as much or as little butter as we like. Even if I was a millionaire, I would still live my life the exact same way.
~If you do win this contest, how do you envision your life changing?
This contest will change everything! Personally and professionally, it is the biggest event that could happen in my life. Travel has been as much a part of my life as family and friends. Experiencing new countries, cultures, and adventures is addictive and the knowledge you gain from first-hand experience is beyond anything you could ever learn from a textbook. This is my opportunity to make Bucket List Publications one of the top travel blogs in the world while experiencing everything I’ve ever dreamed of in life. Just talking about it gives me chills. I have a wild, vast imagination but this is greater than that! This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
~What dreams do you have tucked away for your Bucket List Publications from here on out?
I envision Bucket List Publications being as well-known as Travel & Leisure and I believe that I can make it happen. In 1.5 years, I’ve gained 16,022,263 page views and 58,661 followers; imagine what I can do it 10 years!
“The purpose of life, after all, is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experiences,” (Eleanor Roosevelt)
Lesley, thank you for taking time to give us a little more information about who you are and why this competition is such a game changer for you. I sincerely hope that you win.
Win big and post often!!