If you get Leah started talking about travel she’s likely never to stop. This Texan has as many stories as she does shoes. A former high school English teacher, basketball coach, and software technical writer, Leah found her stride as a travel writer in 2011 when she launched her little corner of the World Wide Web.
In 2017, Leah was featured in a CNN International advertorial seen in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. Southern Living magazine named Leah a Blogger You Should Be Following in 2016. The ‘Fall for France’ tourism campaign she worked on with Atout France was awarded Travel Weekly’s 2015 Gold Magellan Award for Destination Marketing. Also in 2015, Leah was named by Yahoo! Travel as an Instagram Travel Photographer to Follow, by Rail Europe as an Instagramer Who Will Make You Want to Flee to Europe, and by FlipKey as a Top Austin-Based Blogger to Follow. She has won a month in Europe, interviewed by BBC four times, chosen as a finalist for Best Travel Writing, and named a top 15 travel blog for 2013. She continues to garner accolades.
Sunrise in Lanai, Hawaii at Puu Pehe, near Four Seasons Manele Bay
Playing with stingrays at a farm on the island of Langkawi in Malaysia
Sunset in Florence, Italy on the steps of Piazzale Michelangelo
Leah’s parlayed the success of LeahTravels.com into various contributor and editor roles. She is currently a Travel Expert for USA Today 10Best, Staff Writer and Houston City Editor for The Daily Meal, Contributor for France Today, Travel Expert for The Daily Basics, Correspondent for Forbes Travel Guide, Contributor for Bonjour Paris, Contributor for Four Seasons Magazine, and Editor-at-Large for Luxe Beat Magazine.
Finding it difficult to sit still too long, Leah lives by the motto, “Life’s too short to live with a ‘someday’ mentality.” Though primarily a luxury travel and food writer, Leah isn’t afraid to cruise in a boat through a crocodile-infested river or indulge in Asian hawker stand food, as long as her slippers are set out during turndown service. As an admitted airport lounge aficionado, miles hoarder and hotel junkie, Leah is invigorated by all-things travel. Even the pesky TSA security checks and long customs lines don’t bother Leah too much. After all, the journey is just as important as the destination.
Cigar and Cognac at Château de Chanteloup, the estate of Martell Cognac
Exploring the vast, rugged, and beautiful deserts of Jordan, near the Dead Sea
A view of the Mediterranean Sea and port from Castle Hill in Nice, France
Leah longs to live life without regrets, which was motivated by her mother’s death from cancer. She now pursues travel with an all-consuming sense of urgency. She wants to experience all the world has to offer, though Leah has an abnormal obsession with Europe. She thinks New Zealand is the most beautiful place on earth and is determined to set foot in Africa before the end of
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Through her love of writing, Leah hopes to inspire others to step out of their comfort zones and try something new. “New” doesn’t have to mean flying across the world and taking a boat just to get to some secret, untouched island. No, “new” could be being a tourist in one’s hometown; it doesn’t matter.
Bird’s eye view of the Bastille Day Military Parade from a suite at Fouquet’s Barrière
An after-hours private tour of Garnier Palais led to the rooftop of the famous opera
The golden hour takes on a new meaning at the doors of the Petit Palais.
Leah’s thrilled to call Paris home after being awarded the coveted three-year Compétences & Talents visa from France, though her talents don’t extend to speaking French. Yet. When she’s not busy marking items off of her 100+ item to-do list and stumbling over French in Paris, Leah’s longing for Tex-Mex and BBQ in Houston and Austin.
If you’re interested in learning more about Leah’s professional services, see her “Work with Leah” page.
Want to know know more about why Leah travels and the purpose behind the creation of this site? Check out her very first post, “Why I Travel: A Dedication”.