Iceland, Carribean, Vietnam or New Zealand are some of the dreamy destinations where Lisa Barker has been. With just 25 years old, this american girl from the suburbs of Chicago (USA) expands her world in ‘Travel Often Adventure Always‘. In PedroL she revealed her next stop (it starts with an ‘I’ and ends with an ‘A’, what do you think?), talked about puzzles and shared some tips to travel on a low budget.
Are you travelling at the moment?
Sadly, no 😦 While I am not traveling I would still love to talk about my home! I work for the Visitors Bureau of Tacoma + Pierce County in Washington State. Tacoma has what we call the bridge of glass which is a bridge covered in, you guessed it, glass art! We also have an amazing water front where you can rent kayaks, paddle boards, or take a stroll on the paved walk way. Pierce County is also the home to Mt. Rainier! The tallest mountain/volcano in the contiguous USA. I love it here. There is so much to do that even though I have an itch to travel I can often sooth that craving with a day trip around here.
Where was your last trip?? In this place, can you please suggest some things to do/see.
My last trip was to Greece. There are so many amazing things to see and do there but I will limit it to my top favorites. Meteora was absolutely stunning. Monasteries were built straight up from cliffs and until about 50 years ago the only access to these monasteries were by rock climbing! My other favorite place in Greece was the island of Paros. It is a quick ferry trip there and once you step foot on the island you know you’re in paradise. The prices were perfect and there were a lot less tourists here then on some of the other famous islands.
What´s you next destination??
It is not set in stone quite yet but it looks like I will next be heading to Indonesia. I’m craving the beach and what a better place than there? I’m excited to experience the culture and food, but also do some snorkeling and scuba diving.
Please share with the readers one of your most unforgetable travel experiences.
Just one!?!? I have so many! I guess one of my favorite experiences and what really got my husband and I on this addiction of traveling as often as possible is our trip to Iceland. One of the nights there we stayed at a bed and breakfast in the country side. The best part about this B&B was in the morning the owner cooked all the guests a big Icelandic breakfast and we sat at this gorgeous wooden table and ate together. It was so fun to sit at the table with people from all around the world all different ages and learn why they loved to travel and why they came to Iceland. It was an unforgettable experience.
What are your suggestions to travel with a low budget?
Flights are expensive! Everyone knows this, but there are ways to find the cheapest flights. I always suggest mileage programs with credit cards, but sometimes that is not an option. If you can’t do a mileage credit card setting up a price alert at Kayak.com is a must. For instance I set one up for my trip I am hoping to take to Indonesia. Every morning I receive an email with the prices for my flight. If I set it up early enough I can watch the price and see what the average is. Almost always there will be one day I get the email and the price has dropped to a killer deal and because I have been watching it and know what it’s usually priced at I know it’s time to buy. Many people make the mistake of booking a flight as soon as they decide to go on the trip. You have to be patient and research if you want to get the best deal.
Now let´s play a bit: Imagine that tomorrow you will have the longest journey ever: a 12 hours flight + 3 hours stopover in some airport + another 10 hours flight. What do you suggest to do during this time?
Ok, I have a guilty pleasure for these long trips… I love doing the crossword puzzles in the back of tabloids! Usually I find cross word puzzles really difficult but these I can actually finish or get close(I’m not sure what this says about me) I will usually do some airport shopping for as many tabloids I can find with crossword puzzles and those will keep me entertained for hours. Another trick I use is taking Melatonin which is a natural vitamin that helps you sleep. If I need to hit the ground running at our destination I will take this to try and help myself sleep on the airplane.
Dear Lisa, it was a pleasure to read your adventures. Thank you for sharing it, as well as your wonderful photos. You can find more about Lisa here: