Last February, I had the pleasure of listening to Beth Whitman (creator of WanderlustAndLipstick.com) speak at The New York Times Travel Show. Beth, along with Editor Max Hartshorne and Senior Travel Editor Kent St. John (both of GoNOMAD.com) shared tips on travel writing – everything from submitting intriguing pitches, to composing thoughtful photographs to creating a brand for yourself (something Beth knows a thing or two about).
The panel was inspiring but I was instantly drawn to Beth, not only because her passion for travel is pleasantly contagious but because she was able to successfully combine all my interests into one career – traveling both solo and leading tour groups, combining volunteerism with leisurely travel, writing about the adventures and all while understanding the logistics of building your own brand. I’d like to think that panel had something to do with Traveling Olive.
She calls herself a “contemporary wanderer” – a title I hope to earn very soon.
Trip Advisor just did a great Q&A with her. I particularly liked Beth’s answer to “What’s the best travel advice you could give a friend?
Travel Blogger Spotlight:
Have you always dreamed of visiting far-off places like India, Vietnam or Cambodia? If so, we’ve got the blog for you! Beth Whitman created WanderlustAndLipstick.com to help offer inspiration and tips to women travelers looking to soak it all in. Beth is a seasoned traveler, to say the least. According to her blog, she’s “backpacked through Nepal and hiked the Himalayan foothills in Bhutan; ridden a motorcycle solo from Seattle to Panama; worked with orphans in Vietnam through various volunteer programs; driven the AlCan Highway to Alaska; and maneuvered the back roads of France’s Dijon region in a rental car.”
And, if that wasn’t exciting enough, we found out even more about this Wanderluster in our Q&A…check it out here
Beth leads tours (both co-ed and women-only) to places like Papua New Guinea, Bhutan and Cambodia where she immerses her group in the local culture. Beth and ten explorers are departing in early August on the Papua New Guinea Mt. Hagen Show Culture Tour – the 15-day journey includes a private look inside the preparation of the Mt. Hagen Festival which is celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year. The tribes are guaranteed to put on a a memorable show.
To all the ladies who love to travel (and those who are too afraid to pack up and go), check out one of Beth’s books for inspiration.
Wanderlust and Lipstick: The Essential Guide for Women Traveling Solo – a hip road map to creating your own adventure
Wanderlust and Lipstick: For Women Traveling to India – the definitive guide to help any WanderGal embrace this captivating country
Thank you for the inspiration, Beth!