To travel is to live. For some people this sentence may seem frightening, well, some might even think traveling is overrated. But not me. I could go on forever, cause there’s still so many beautiful places around this planet that needs to be uncovered and enjoyed. Luckily, i’m not the only one. Lacy from the inspiring travel blog theexpate.com currently lives as an expat on the island of Anguilla in British West Indies – and who wouldn’t want a bite of that exotic adventure? I asked her a thing or two about traveling and where she wants to go next..
I’m originally from west Texas where I grew up with chili cook-offs, country roads, and friday night football. Later in my youth we moved to the suburbs of Dallas and I got a good taste of the city life. After high school I went to college to become a pediatric dentist although after working in the field, I followed my true passion: travel. I packed two suitcases, moved to Hawaii and began working for Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts in public relations, sales and marketing. This position enabled me to globetrot like never before and tearn the experience of a luxurious traveler as well as the foundation of the industry. Starting expâté, my recent labor of love, has allowed me a unique and mobile business opportunity and above all has fullfilled my adoration for photography, sharing stories and encouraging others to lead a lifestyle seeing the world.
What’s the story behind you travel/expat life?
My passion for travel was sparked on my first birthday! My dad worked in the oil industry which took our family on a trip to Japan so my first passport stamp was truly the best gift of all time. After my hotelier husband (who is coincidentally of Japanese descent!) and I met living in Lana’i Hawaii while working for Four Seasons Hotels, we moved to Whistler where we lived for two years exploring the stunning snowy mountains and rugged terrain of Canada. A career move with Viceroy Hotel Group brought us back to island life, this time on the island of Anguilla. Neither of us had ever traveled to the Caribbean, so this was an especially exciting move. Of course, the white sandy beaches and tropical weather were irrefusable.
You’re favorite destination?
My favorite destination is always the last place I’ve traveled. At the moment, that is the lush Caribbean island of Dominica which is full of sheer natural beauty and endless exploring for the adventurous spirit. We experienced stellar hiking, canyoning, and even swam through a bat cave. Talk about extreme (or just plain crazy!)
Where are you going next?
The next trip will be two weeks in South America. First, Santiago, Chile for wine tasting, then to the Patagonia region for a week of hiking Torres del Paine and El Calafate and finally exploring the grand city of Buenos Aires, Argentina. I envision red wine, steak and tango dancing, in that order!
You’re most extravagant hotel experience?
By far, the uber luxurious Four Seasons George V Paris. Upon entering the lobby you are charmed with first class service and greeted by exquisite floral displays. It’s truly an unforgettable experience to stay in a historical landmark steps from the Champs-Elysées with swoon-worthy views of the City of Light.
What’s your biggest dream – travel wise?
Most definitely to inspire others to travel. There is not an education comparable to the teachings of our diverse cultures as well as what we learn from ourselves by seeing the world. If we can also give back a little along the way and help others realize their dreams, that in my mind is the ultimate.
Do you have an advice for other expats and travel writers?
To expats: explore and appreciate your surroundings and do your best to build local relationships. To travel writers: offer value in your writing and while presenting the facts also play with storytelling. People gravitate towards writing that evokes feeling. As you may know from my website, I’m a quote fanatic and this always resonates with me: ”Great stories happen to those who tell them.”
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