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