Today we want to introduce you to Leah Walker from Leah Travels. This Texan is not only one of the most inspiring and interesting travel bloggers we got to interview for you, but also a Contributor and Editor to many travel magazines and guides.
Leah is Europe fanatic! In fact, she was the winner of the first GowithOh blogger contest and stayed with us in 5 different cities.
Ladies and Gentlemen, keep reading if you want to get to know Leah better and get some insides about what’s next to expect from her and where she would like to live, if she could choose freely. Have fun!
1. The first article in your blog – Why I Travel: A Dedication – dates back to September 2011 and it’s really inspiring. What’s the best advice you can give for someone that wants to start traveling but doesn’t know where to start?
Everyone has their own set of circumstances, and some are tougher and more convoluted than others. We all have to find our own way. I’d say that the only definitive piece of advice that I can give to a person who wants to start traveling would be to define your goals, both big and small, and create a realistic plan to achieve them.
Make what you want to achieve a priority and don’t lose site of the end result. Making choices that are beneficial to your goals is imperative if you are going to bring them to fruition.
2. You recently spent one month in Paris, can you tell us a secret tip about the “City of Love”?
I actually spent two months in Paris, though November was a result of my South Africa trip being canceled. As for a secret tip about Paris, I adore Jardin du Luxembourg, Jardin des Tuileries, and Parc Monceau, but for an alternative, I’d suggest visiting some of the lesser-known parks such as Parc des Buttes Chaumont and Jardin d’Acclimatation. These parks are picturesque, historical, and void of tourists.
3. What is the best advice you can give about travelling solo as a female?
I like to think I’m a pretty good judge of character. I tend to follow my gut feeling about people and situations, both good and bad. However, if I feel uneasy about something I get out of it as quickly as possible.
I also find that acting like I know what I’m doing and where I’m going often keeps away unwanted attention.
4. Taking in consideration your bucket list, what is the most important thing that you want to do next?
Frankly, my list could run into the thousands, but I’ve just not taken the time to write down every single thing I’d like to do. From the current list, I’d say that attending the White Turf Horse Races in St. Moritz, Switzerland is a priority since they are coming up in February. Held annually since 1907, these races take place on the frozen Lake St. Moritz. With harness and flat races, White Turf also features skijoring, where riderless thoroughbreds race around the track pulling brave skiers. Now, that’s something I have to see.
5. What did you like the most about your time in Barcelona?
I’ve been to Barcelona three times, but my favorite part from the Barcelona leg of my Go with Oh tour was the multi-cultural Thanksgiving dinner. I was honored to have guests from so many different countries come together and celebrate an American holiday with me.
Everyone brought a dish representative of their home, which made for a unique and eclectic meal. The fellowship and fun are what I’ll remember more than anything about that night.
6. Considering all your trips and all the food you tried, what was the most disgusting and the tastiest meal so far?
I’ve had so many tasty meals, from Michelin-starred restaurants to street food. The meal that immediately comes to mind is from a farm in Umbria, Italy called Il Fontanrao. I cooked all day and ate all night. This is easily the best Italian food I’ve ever eaten. As for the worst meal, it was in Kuala Lumpur at the rotating restaurant atop the KL Tower.
The view was great, but the buffet looked like it had been ravaged by wild animals. I’m not the pickiest of eaters, but I think all I could manage to eat were some samosas and canned peaches.
7. If you could travel back in time, where would you go? Why?
I’m a lot like Owen Wilson’s character in Midnight in Paris in that I’d like to experience Paris during the 1920s. To see my favorite city during the time of Hemingway, Picasso, Fitzgerald, and Matisse would be divine.
8. Think of a single song that you could listen on repeat while travelling, which one would it be?
“City of Black & White” by Mat Kearney.
9. Favorite Instagram photo?
I took this photo near the Spanish Steps in Rome during October. It was sunset, and I just happen to see these two holding hands and walking into the sunset.
10. Pick one situation for each destination:
A. Live for one year
B. Travel for two weeks
C. One-day trip
South Africa / Russia / Vietnam
A. Live for one year: I’ve never been to Africa, and by all accounts, South Africa is a visually stunning country. The wildlife is certainly a draw for me, as is the history and culture. Also, I’m a lover of wine, and South Africa has some great ones. I’d like to spend some of the year exploring the wine country. Plus, English is widely spoken, making South Africa more appealing for the long term.
B. Travel for two weeks: As a child of the Cold War, I’ve been intrigued by Russia for quite some time. I’d like to spend a little time in Moscow, but I’d like the bulk of the two weeks to be in St. Petersburg.
C. One-day trip: I have to say that Asia just doesn’t speak to me like Europe does. That’s not to say that I wouldn’t want to explore Vietnam or more of the continent. It’s just not at the top of my super-long wish list.