“Now more than ever do I realize that I will never be content with a sedentary life, that I will always be haunted by thoughts of a sun-drenched elsewhere.” -Isabelle Eberhardt
This is the first of a series interviewing travelers who are at home and are just itching for their next adventure! Our first guest is Lesley Triplett, my best friend of 18 years. Lesley has traveled to over 40 countries, taught English in South Korea for a year and now runs a travel business with her husband, Brian. Their business, On The Road Bus Adventures, takes travelers around the United States on a coast-to-coast affordable and adventurous road trip. They’re at home in Iowa City, IA and can’t wait to get on the road again!
Who are you?
Lesley Triplett, 26.
Why do you travel?
I travel to feel alive, have new experiences, learn about the world, and learn about myself.
How would you describe your travel style?
A budget traveler seeking adventure. I live out of a small backpack, stay at hostels, and save my money for the stuff that really matters. Usually, I do a little research before my trip so that I can get excited about it, but for the most part, I like to wing it. I find that if you plan too much, you restrict yourself to the confines of your schedule and don’t leave much room for spontaneity. I like to wander a new place and see where the wind takes me.
Tell us about…
Your first trip:
My first trip that I can remember was a family trip to Northern Wisconsin. We went there every summer of my childhood and would spend all of our days outside fishing, swimming in the lake, tubing, and catching frogs and bugs. It was a very simple, peaceful, happy place to be.
Your last trip:
A coast-to-coast road trip across the U.S on an old school bus with travelers from around the world. It was a good mix of nature, city, culture, adventure, and open road and it was the time of my life.
Your next trip:
The same as my last trip. My husband and I have turned our love for travel into a business called On the Road Bus Adventures and are hoping to take many groups of travelers across our beautiful country this summer and for many summers to come.
What you love most about traveling:
The unknown. Not knowing what the day will bring keeps life exciting.
What bugs you about traveling:
Getting fatter. I have the “try everything” mindset and usually this involves overindulging in food and alchohol. When I’m not traveling, I cook healthy foods and exercise daily but when I travel all of those good habits go out the window and it is a total free-for-all.
The place that left the greatest impact on you:
Staying in a Dalit Village in southern rural India. The people there were considered “untouchable” and not worthy of basic human rights. Being isolated from society, they lived with almost nothing and large families would be crammed into tiny huts. My group were the first white people they had ever seen and it was just so powerful being in the midst of two groups of people from two completely different worlds discovering one another.
The place that left little to no impact on you:
Singapore. It is a very nice, clean, convenient city but I find it kind of sterile and lacking culture.
The best meal you had while traveling:
Bryndzove halusky in Slovakia. Potato dumplings smothered in warm sheeps cheese, bacon chunks, and bacon fat. Incredible.
The thing you always bring with you:
My blankey. Yes, I am 26 years old and I still have a blankey and I am not ashamed of it. I travel light but I always make room for it in my backpack. It is probably one of the more well-traveled blankeys out there.
Your future travel goals:
I want to motorcycle through South America, ride my bike from Seattle to San Diego, hike to Everest base camp, travel to Bhutan, see the Northern Lights, and hike the Pacific Crest trail.
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