Lindsey Tramuta is not new to these parts. I have shared many posts from her fantastic blog Lost in Cheeseland in numerous Saturday Sixes; she has guest posted about her Passion for Paris; I have shared some of her other passion, Lola’s Cookies and I have appeared on her blog as part of her Franco File Friday series.
I adore her. Admire her photography and enjoy her Paris adventures tremendously. But she doesn’t just write about Paris. She does live in my favorite city in the world, but she also has a traveler’s soul and you can find her in Shanghai, in Helsinki, or domestically in California or her native Philadelphia.
No matter where she goes, her post our beautiful, not only in the photos but in the thoughtful prose that flows from her in a voice that touches my soul.
Lindsey’s role as a fellow AFAR ambassador has provided an additional opportunity to learn more about her. I have previously highlighted AFAR ambassador Charu and AFAR’s magnificent community manager Lauren and I wanted to continue to highlight this talented group of people dedicated to bringing travel as an experience.
 When and how did you become a traveler?
I suppose I’ve been traveling since I was a kid – yearly family trips to Hilton Head Island, SC or closer beach destinations (though decidedly less exciting) like Avalon, NJ; followed by a summer tour with other adolescents across the east coast and the obligatory Disney World outing. But I think I truly understood what it meant to travel once I came to Europe. No parental supervision, just a map and my own good instincts. The launchpad for my current travel bug was the trip to London and Paris during college. And in the years since, I can’t imagine making it through the year without discovering someplace new!
 What is travel to you in 10 words or less?
Travel is as much about cultural discovery as about self-edification.
 What is your favorite mode of transportation and why?
Walking wherever possible as I prefer to stop when I choose, slow my pace when I need to take in the view or speed up when I have more things to see and do in a small window of time. But I also enjoy flying (for relatively short distances – 8 hours max!) with my husband. He is an aeronautical engineer so he loves to explain every little piece on the airplane that he works on or finds fascinating. He lights up like a kid in a candy store!
 What do you typically do while traveling by plane?
I’ve always tried to reserve long flights for reading, writing and a bit of shut eye but it always unfolds the same way: I start by reading the airline’s magazine, do crosswords during take-off, get settled into a movie during the meal, struggle to sleep (if unaided!) and dive into my novel of the moment just as the plane begins to descend.
 What is your favorite travel memory involving food?
Impossible to name just one! In the last 2 years I would say it was my first meal in China – xiao long bao or soup dumplings. It set the tone for the rest of the trip which was one of delicious discovery.
 What is one blogging tip or lesson that you have learned along the way that you can share with my readers?
Engage with your readers and listen to their feedback. While my blog remains a space where I write what I truly want to say, I also want to give my readers a variety of content that will be useful, amusing, inspiring and perhaps even eye-opening. But to know what works, you have to ask!
 Where to next?
Amsterdam! It’s been five years since my first visit so I’m ready to see what has changed.
You can see all of Lindsey’s AFAR Highlights and Wanderlists which share her experiences in Paris and beyond as well as keep up with her on her blog Lost in Cheeseland or Facebook page and check out her chatter on Twitter. She’s also on Pinterest and Instagram. Wherever you catch her, I am sure you will enjoy her adventures!
Photo credit: Lindsey in Le Bal café shot by Ashley Ludaescher of Chasing Heartbeats all other photos provided by Lindsey.