Have you always dreamed of visiting far-off places like India, Vietnam or Cambodia? If so, we’ve got the blog for you! Beth Whitman created WanderlustAndLipstick.com to help offer inspiration and tips to women travelers looking to soak it all in. Beth is a seasoned traveler, to say the least. According to her blog, she’s “backpacked through Nepal and hiked the Himalayan foothills in Bhutan; ridden a motorcycle solo from Seattle to Panama; worked with orphans in Vietnam through various volunteer programs; driven the AlCan Highway to Alaska; and maneuvered the back roads of France’s Dijon region in a rental car.” And, if that wasn’t exciting enough, we found out even more about this Wanderluster in our Q&A:
Tell us why you started your travel blog.
I started the blog in order to share information and resources with women travelers who might not know where to begin planning an adventure and also to give them some inspiration to show that they, too, can follow their travel dreams.
What’s your favorite hotel (and why)?
My favorite hotel is the Rohet Garh Hotel in Rajasthan, India. Each room is completely unique and decked out in traditional Raj paintings and furniture. You really do feel like you have gone back in time when staying here. There’s also a beautiful pool and outdoor bar on the grounds.
What’s your favorite restaurant (and why)?
My favorite restaurant is a local Seattle vegan place called Plum Bistro. They serve up food that you’d never guess is vegan – it’s hearty and really tasty. They even serve a version of mac and cheese!
Please tell us about a “hidden gem”- a non-touristy, neighborhood restaurant, a hole-in-the-wall bar, or a great little shop – you’ve discovered on your travels.
One of my favorite restaurants in the world is Brothers in Hanoi, Vietnam. The tables are in an outdoor courtyard and it offers up a full buffet that includes vegetarian items, seafood and meat. There’s also an entire room dedicated to desserts. The cost is super reasonable and sitting outside with lights strung throughout give it a really nice ambiance.
What’s the best travel advice you could give a friend?
Always carry a rubber door stop with you to slip under your hotel room door. Many hotel rooms outside of the U.S. don’t have chain locks or deadbolts. Using the rubber door stop will prevent anyone from trying to get into your room while you’re sleeping or in the shower.
What’s the best travel advice you’ve found on TripAdvisor?
I can’t point to just one piece of advice that I’ve found helpful on TripAdvisor but I will say that I read reviews, especially on hotels, before I book. It’s super helpful to know what I’m getting into prior to booking AND prior to arrival.
Please tell us about your best and worst travel experiences.
Best travel experience? Sitting back and enjoying Garlic Waffle Fries at The Dock at the Grand Hyatt Kauai in the late afternoon. Worst travel experience? Having a hand grenade pulled on me in the middle of nowhere in Cambodia while traveling (illegally) overland in the early 90′s.
If someone was visiting your hometown, what would you recommend they do/see?
If you could go anywhere in the world on your next vacation, where would you go?
The Brazilian Amazon Rainforest. It’s HIGH on my list!