Traveler Tuesday – Brianna of Casual Travel List

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How lucky am I, for the second week in a row I get to spotlight a blogging friend. Brianna of Casual Travelist is good friends with my pal Katie of Domestiphobia, she’s an AFAR Local Expert and we actually got to meet in person this year at the WITs conference in Boston.

Katie-Brianna-at-WITs

I’ve also contributed to some of Brianna’s great collaboration post, like her most recent The Best Fall Travel Destinations in the United States as well as Stylish Travel Clothes- No Longer an Oxymoron.

Let’s meet Brianna!

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When and how did you become a traveler?
I first caught the travel bug after joining the US Navy at age 19. During deployments with the USS Theodore Roosevelt I got to explore ports throughout the Carribean, the Middle East and the Mediterranean. From then on I was hooked and each new destination just fuels my wanderlust.

Brianna-Navy

Where do you love to travel?
I’m often taking weekend trips exploring the mid-Atlantic region but I often find myself drawn back to Washington DC and Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. For bigger trips abroad I rarely go back to the same place twice, there is just too much of this world to explore.

Most memorable travel moment:
This is a tough one. If I had to chose just one it would be waking up to the sounds of the jungle coming to life in Costa Rica’s remote Osa peninsula.

What won’t you travel without?
90% of the time- my husband. He’s a pretty swell guy.

A day isn’t complete until I…
Have had my coffee.

Coffee

Travel essential – 3 things you always travel with:

Passport, inflatable neck pillow and a good book.

Perfect travel day from start to finish.

Enjoying a leisurely breakfast before spending the morning exploring the destination on foot. After lunch we’d spend the afternoon doing something experiential- glacier hiking, wine tasting, spa, etc… then ending the day with a gourmet dinner (and some more wine).

What are your favorite food cities? What restaurants do you go to in each?

As far as I’m concerned there is no better place to eat in the US than New Orleans. Start the day with coffee and beignets at Cafe du Monde, a po’boy and seafood gumbo for lunch at Johnny’s and end the day with a 15 course tasting dinner at Square Root.

Cafe-du-Monde-Beignets
Photo credit: Viewminder

Have you been anywhere which turned out to be totally different to how you imagined? If so, how?

I was truly surprised by how much I enjoyed Austria, especially the food and wine.

What has travel taught you?
To be flexible. Things may not always go as planned and that’s ok.

Best and Worst place you’ve been to and why?
Isn’t that like picking your favorite child?

What’s one location on your bucket list?

Number 1 one the bucket list is a safari in Africa. I’d love to see cheetahs in the wild.

Safari-Cheetah
Photo credit: Martha de Jong-Lantink

Favorites:

Hotel: I’m not beholden to one hotel group but prefer boutique design properties that are representative of the destination

Airline: Alaska Airlines, they are always so helpful.

Airport: Charlotte, NC. For its size its quite easy to navigate and has some great food options.

Mode of Transportation: Train for comfort with a view

Travel snack: Kind bars or almonds

Country: Again, that’s like picking a favorite child.

Travel Book: Usually something set in the destination I’m headed too.

Travel Movie: I dare you to watch the Secret Life of Walter Mitty and not book a flight to Iceland.

Song on your smartphone: In the Clear by the Foo Fighters, it brings me back to New Orleans every time I listen to it.

Thanks Brianna!

You can keep up with Brianna on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Instagram and Pinterest and of course her blog. Wherever you catch her, I am sure you will enjoy her adventures!

How about you? What would you like to know about Brianna?

56 Comments

  1. Robin Rue (@massholemommy)
    October 20, 2015

    I love the DC area, too. I have family in Bethesda, MD, so I spent a lot of time down there growing up!

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    1. Brianna
      October 23, 2015

      DC is amazing and is changing so fast. The food scene there has really grown too!

      Reply
  2. lisa
    October 20, 2015

    I would love to travel more. It sounds like you have been to so many great places. I would love to go to Costa Rica.

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    1. Brianna
      October 23, 2015

      Even so the travel wish list never gets any shorter. Costa Rica is amazing, especially if you go to some of the less touristy spots.

      Reply
  3. Grace Hodgin
    October 20, 2015

    I love to read what people write about traveling. It inspires me to visit more areas.

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    1. Brianna
      October 23, 2015

      I too am inspired by other travellers and their adventures.

      Reply
  4. Savannah Miller
    October 20, 2015

    I so want to travel more! My boys are only 4 and 7 though and it is tough at that age. My hubby and I always say when they get older we are going to start traveling and seeing the world.

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    1. Brianna
      October 23, 2015

      There are some fabulous family travel bloggers out there who show that traveling with little ones is possible. Check out Tamara of We3Travel.

      Reply
  5. Amber Ludwig
    October 20, 2015

    Oh I am just so jealous!! I always wish i had the funds to travel more! Instead I am here in the midwest lol. We do have gorgeous hiking and forests here in Wisconsin and we do get out and explore our state!! I enjoy getting into nature!! Im so glad that you include wine in your travels 🙂 Where have you had the best wine ever?!!?

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    1. Brianna
      October 23, 2015

      I was really surprised by the wine in Austria-they make delicious whites!. You can definitely get out and do some adventuring closer to home, Wisconsin is a gorgeous state!

      Reply
  6. Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle
    October 20, 2015

    I love traveling. I do a lot of traveling, actually. Even though I travel frequently, I still love to read about other people’s travel experiences, as well.

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  7. Jeanette
    October 20, 2015

    I absolutely love to travel. I have a HUGE travel bug. We travel when ever we can. Seeing new cultures is the best education you can give to a kid!

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    1. Brianna
      October 23, 2015

      I agree 100%!

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  8. Shannon
    October 20, 2015

    I have always wanted to go to New Orleans. Thank you for sharing your story with us.

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    1. Brianna
      October 23, 2015

      I fell in love with New Orleans within the first 10 minutes of being there. There is definitely no other city like it in the US.

      Reply
  9. ricci
    October 20, 2015

    I would love to be a traveler!! I really want to find a job I can travel with one day!!

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    1. Brianna
      October 23, 2015

      I work full time but make it work taking lots of weekend trips in addition to a handful of longer trips throughout the year.

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  10. Annemarie LeBlanc
    October 20, 2015

    I once saw a meme on Facebook that said, “If traveling was free, you’d never see me again.” LOL. It is true, because traveling can be expensive. I wish I could see more places too. I might as well start saving up for a dream vacation!

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    1. Brianna
      October 23, 2015

      That is certainly true but it doesn’t have to be as expensive as you think. Admittedly I do travel with a bigger budget than some ( though I’m nowhere close to drinking champagne on my private jet headed to Tahiti lol) there are some fabulous budget travel bloggers out there.

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  11. Maria Montero
    October 21, 2015

    I will absolutely not travel without my husband as well ?

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    1. Brianna
      October 23, 2015

      I lucked out in the husband department 🙂

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  12. Mai T.
    October 21, 2015

    Nice to meet you, Brianna! Do you prefer traveling alone or with a companion?

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    1. Brianna
      October 23, 2015

      I prefer to travel with my husband but do go solo from time to time.

      Reply
  13. Chubskulit Rose
    October 21, 2015

    Costa Rica sounds so much fun. I wish I could travel as much as she does.

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    1. Brianna
      October 23, 2015

      Costa Rica is amazing and a great destination for kids too!

      Reply
  14. Tatanisha Pitts-Worthey
    October 21, 2015

    There’s a certain joy i feel when travelling. The love of meeting new people and discovering new places just keeps getting stronger. I would love to travel more.

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    1. Brianna
      October 23, 2015

      Well said!

      Reply
  15. Melissa
    October 21, 2015

    Sounds like a great time with great memories! I would love to travel a little more.

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    1. Brianna
      October 23, 2015

      The bucket list never gets shorter, that’s for sure!

      Reply
  16. Ourfamilyworld
    October 21, 2015

    I would love to be a traveler just like her. I wish I had the funds to finance this.

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    1. Brianna
      October 23, 2015

      I often piggy back my own travels with business trips and maximize use of miles and points so it’s not as expensive as it could be.

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  17. Bonnie @wemake7
    October 21, 2015

    Thanks so much for sharing about your friend. What a great traveling experience she has had.

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    1. Brianna
      October 23, 2015

      Thanks Bonnie, I love where I’ve been and can’t wait to see more of the world!

      Reply
  18. Katie @ Domestiphobia
    October 21, 2015

    Fantastic interview! I’m seriously hoping we can all reunite again next year — I’ll attempt to be more relaxed. It is California, after all. 😉

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    1. Brianna
      October 23, 2015

      We could get into some serious foodie shenanigans together, that’s for sure!

      Reply
  19. Crystal Lopez
    October 21, 2015

    As a family we do not travel much but the thought is certainly something we dream of. Thank you for sharing your experiences it looks like fun!

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    1. Brianna
      October 23, 2015

      Thanks Crystal, don’t discount adventures closer to home; they can create great family memories too!

      Reply
  20. Ann Bacciaglia
    October 21, 2015

    I love to learn about fellow bloggers. I also love to travel. I am hoping to write about a few of my trips this year.

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    1. Brianna
      October 23, 2015

      It’s always interesting to see how others live Ann:)

      Reply
  21. Angie | Big Bear's Wife
    October 21, 2015

    Love the interview! I love to travel and I wish that I got to do more of it! My husband was in the NAVY but didn’t get to travel much.

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  22. Jenn
    October 21, 2015

    What a great interview! I love hearing why bloggers became bloggers and choose their niche! Travelling looks like so much fun!

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    1. Brianna
      October 23, 2015

      Traveling is a blast!

      Reply
  23. Rosey
    October 21, 2015

    lol on what you won’t travel without. 🙂 I like to travel, even better if the kids are along. 🙂

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    1. Brianna
      October 23, 2015

      The family that plays together…..

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  24. laurie damrose
    October 21, 2015

    I want to visit DC.

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  25. Kelly @ TastingPage
    October 22, 2015

    I share Brianna’s desire not to double back to places because there’s so much to see out there. There’s only a few select cities that get the repeat visit (Bonjour Paris!). I also have been loving Alaska Airlines. They do a great wine flies free program in OR and WA where they’ll ship a case for you for FREE. Airlines don’t typically use the word free much.

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    1. Brianna
      October 23, 2015

      I wasn’t aware of the Wine Flies Free program, even more reason to love Alaska Airlines!

      Reply
  26. Brianna
    October 23, 2015

    Andi, thank you so much for featuring me! Hoefully our paths cross again sooner rather than later, I’m sure we can have some fabulous foodie adventures.

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  27. Trish F
    October 23, 2015

    This post reminds me that I need to get to New Orleans. I’ve always heard the food is outrageously good. Thanks for sharing.

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  28. denise low
    October 25, 2015

    I love looking at the pictures. Thank you for sharing.

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  29. It’s so nice to learn more about Brianna! I love her site. I often respond the same way “having to choose a favorite child” when asked similar questions, such as “what is your favorite food?” Aargh! I can’t do it! That’s lovely that you were able to meet Brianna in person, that’s always fun with online friends!

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  30. Nyssa | The Cultureur
    October 30, 2015

    Great interview!

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  31. Pauline Gorczycki
    October 30, 2015

    THANKS FOR SHARING THIS GREATLY APPRECIATED. IM GOING TO BE TRAVELLING IN LIKE A MONTH OR TWO. I NEEDED THIS.

    Reply
  32. JoAnna
    November 2, 2015

    Good Interview

    Reply
  33. Sabrina Fox
    November 3, 2015

    I’ve always wanted to go to New Orleans!

    Reply
  34. Starla
    November 6, 2015

    These are so awesome and fun to read! So interesting to learn about others’ adventures. Goodness, this makes me want to travel!

    Reply

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