Spotlight: Tyler Govaars

Meet Tyler Govaars, a rockstar blogger and fellow jetsetter who we had the privilege of speaking with

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We never pass up the chance to chat with inspiring and ambitious young gypsets who are passionate about all things travel. Tyler Govaars, the fabulous blogger of The Weekend Edit is here to share her wanderings with us. She has traveled near and far to over 32 countries! YUP. Basically, she’s everything we aspire to be. Read on for more fun facts {hint: being detained in Thailand}. 

How did you become a gypset? Was traveling always something you were interested in?

I think I’ve always had a bit of the gypset mentality. Growing up I spent a lot of time in Lake Tahoe exploring and spent summers at Ghost Ranch outside of Abiquiu New Mexico with my extended family. During the day the adults would take workshops like ceramics, poetry and painting and the kids would hike and explore the vast New Mexico landscape. I’m drawn to adventure and feel a strong pull to nature, which fuels a lot of my wandering. Travel is the biggest source of inspiration in my everyday life.

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What made you decide to start a blog? Was writing always something you’ve been interested in?

I wanted a place to document my travel stories and photography when I moved to Australia after college. The Weekend Edit is actually the third blog I’ve written and each one has opened the door to amazing opportunities around the world. Writing is a great way to hone your voice and discover what truly excites you – plus it allows me to develop a personal portfolio while doing something I love.

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How do you decide where to travel?

It’s usually a mix of places I have researched online and where my friends are exploring. Instagram is also a great source of travel inspiration for me. I ask everyone I know what new travel destinations are on their radar – the next Bali or the next Tulum. I have an ongoing list of places I want to visit scribbled down in my notebook.

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What do you do when you’re not roaming the world?

Right now a mix of travel writing, content strategy and web design. I also help produce a three-day music, yoga, and arts festival in Austin called Euphoria Music & Camping Festival. I have been focusing a lot of my time on that recently – we just had our fourth annual event and it has really taken on a life of it’s own. I’m in awe of the creative community that we have built over the years.

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What is the craziest thing that’s happened to you while traveling?

When we were living abroad in Australia my boyfriend and I were detained on the way back from Thailand. I was on a yearlong work exchange visa and he was only renewing a tourist visa, so I guess that set off a flag in the system somewhere. We had to answer all sorts of personal questions, and were quizzed in separate rooms. They let us go eventually, but we did miss our next flight and had to spend the night in Darwin. I’ve spent the night in plenty of airports, and have found that it is usually the uncomfortable situations that result in of the most memorable travel stories.

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What is your favorite place you have ever traveled and what would you recommend people do there?

My favorite places have been Japan, Iceland and Vietnam. In Japan, navigating the Tokyo subway, riding the Shinkansen and ordering udon from a vending machine; Iceland, renting a car and driving the coastline, stopping to explore waterfalls, hot springs and black sand beaches; Vietnam, a bike tour of rural Hoi An, winding off the tourist trail and stopping to eat river prawns and ride through bright green rice fields.

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How many countries have you traveled to?

So far, 32. I had a personal goal of visiting 30 countries before my 30th birthday, which I completed this past summer while crossing the border between the Czech Republic and Germany by train. My whole family was there, and we celebrated with wine and beer at 11 AM from the restaurant car that my mom had bought while I wasn’t looking.

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What destinations are on the top of your bucket list?

South Africa, Cuba, Colombia, Chile, Bhutan, Norway, Uruguay, Brazil, Indonesia. My bucket list is pretty long…

What are your favorite travel essentials?

A good backpack, like the Little America from Herschel Supply and a camera whether it is my Nikon or my iPhone. I also always bring a sleep mask and ear plugs.

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If you could choose one Wanderable experience (we have over 2,800!) which one would it be and why?

I would pick something in Myanmar. I’ve always wanted to see the sunrise over the Bagan temples.

We told you didn’t we? Tyler might just be the definition of awesome. Make sure to follow her travels, whether in Houston, TX or at the Tomorrowland music festival in Belgium. We know we will xoxo

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The Top 5 Travel Snapchat Accounts

Wanderable is now officially on Snapchat! Check out our fav travel accounts now.

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Today is a good day. Wanderable has officially joined the world of Snapchat and we are all so excited to share all our adventures with you in real time. Read on for our take on the top 5 travel Snapchat accounts (plus don’t forget to follow us @wanderable)!

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5. jeromejarre

This 24 year old French jetsetter is well known for his appearance in a popular Vine video and can be found Snapping all of his adventures, no matter how big or small, and spreading numerous positive messages on the app as well. Jerome can also be found engaging his followers in various photo challenges. This is one account you are definitely going to want to follow.

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4. caseyneistat

This producer and filmmaker is anything but ordinary. He makes sure to snap his many adventures on the regular, filming in a way that makes his followers feel as though they are right there with him. Casey is one of the most well-known, and entertaining users on snapchat so you would be silly not to follow this travel guru. You may or may not develop a major case of wanderlust, and get a few laughs along the way.

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3. topdeck.travel

This tourism company has teamed up with YouTube legend, Jimmy Hill, and UK-based agency Thinkhouse to utilize the up and coming realtime messaging app. This account is deemed the “world’s first Snapchat travel show” and includes Hill’s European adventures, explorations and more. This is one account that should be followed asap.

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2. Marriott Hotels

Being the first Snapchat campaign for hotel brands, Marriott has utilized Snapchat to appeal to the younger traveler, as a storytelling device, mainly to support the brand’s Travel Brilliantly campaign. Marriott has partnered with various influencers to get their message out there (Casey Neistat – above – being one of them) and connect with users on an emotional level.

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1. National Geographic (Discover tool)

Our number 1 travel Snapchat account would have to be the one and only National Geographic. When Snapchat introduced its “Discover” feature this past January, 11 different publications immediately joined, National Geographic being one of them. National Geographic, along with many other major companies, are using Snapchat to draw in the Millennial generation. We must say, it definitely seems to be working (have you checked out their daily snaps?!). All you have to do is swipe left on Snapchat to find this Discover tool

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As you can see, Snapchat is not going away anytime soon. Follow our many adventures @wanderable now! Will you wander with us?

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Spotlight: Earth and the Girl

Erika, of Earth and the Girl, shares her musings on life, food and all things travel

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One of our favorite pastimes is finding talented individuals who share in our greatest passions. Our latest find is the incredibly gifted photographer (as well as nutritionist), Erika Behrmann. We cannot seem to get enough of her unique style and sense of adventure, as she sets off on an extended trip around Europe. If you don’t believe us, check out her blog, Earth and the Girl. This Foodie phenomenon has taken the time to share her thoughts and dreams with us. So take a look at this exclusive interview with Erika, of Earth and the Girl.

What is a typical day like for you?

My typical day is not very typical. Almost every day is a little bit different, especially now. Right now I’m focusing on putting together travel plans for an extended trip around Europe which will involve tasting food from countries varying from tapas in Barcelona, to the masterful and artful cuisine of France and Italy, german sausages in the beer halls of Germany, to chocolates and waffles in Belgium. Other than that, I am focusing on living and eating well, and updating my blog with some of my favorite recipes I create or tweak from classic recipes. My camera is with me often on any of these expeditions or creations.

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What inspired you to become a photographer/nutritionist? Was it something you always dreamed of doing or something you just fell into?

I have always been interested in the relationship of health and wellbeing and what was important in making not only myself feel the best I can, but others around me. Naturally, my interest expanded into nutrition, since this along with exercise can prevent many of the chronic diseases the world faces in the modern age. I also have been involved in art from a very young age in terms of drawing and then eventually painting and photography. My two loves joined together in that I can focus on feeling good about my health as well as take pictures of the delectable dishes in which I create or take photographs of for various restaurants.

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What is your favorite item to photograph?

Photography is all about seeing an object or person in a certain way. I will often see the world in photographs, noticing things as I walk or drive by them, wishing my camera was strung around my neck. This could include the midday sunlight caressing a lovers face through the window curtains, or the way a cast iron pan of sizzling food gives off steam that seems to sift up into the ceiling for a few small minutes before it cools down.

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What destinations are on your bucket-list?

Norway, because my great grandmother came to America on a boat when she was a teenager and I never heard about what it was like to be a part of that family heritage. Thailand, because the culture is so rich and the food is so uniquely delicious. Australia, because of the adventure and because of the thrill of not knowing if I’ll get out of there alive (giant spiders, and snakes to name a few). Iceland, because of its breathtaking serene beauty. And finally, the Maldives – because it won’t be here much longer due to the environmental impacts of rising sea levels and erosion.

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What is the last best thing you ate?

I could toot my horn and say that it was something I created but I honestly did try something amazing at a new restaurant in Hampton, New Hampshire called CR’s. There was this butterscotch pot de creme which had a salted caramel with brûlée top. It had such a smoothness and delicate texture with a touch of mint and blueberries. I would definitely return just for that!

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What are you feeling/loving right now?

I am loving lemon everything right now. Lemon juice with my seltzer water. Lemon sorbet. Limoncello. Also, amaretto. I cannot get enough amaretto in my life right now.

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What are your fashion travel essentials? 

Leggings. Light to pack, easy to wash. My waterproof Arita boots that have to versatility to wear anytime besides the times I need flip flops on the beach, perfect for hiking the mountains or stopping into a  restaurant. Also, mascara. Enough to open up the eyes but easy to clean.

If you could choose one of our Wanderable Experiences (we have over 2,800!) which one would it be and why?

The romance of Venice, the whimsy of Cinque Terre, the history of Rome, and the people, the beauty, and the vineyards of Florence. This experience alone encompasses so much of what someone would want in a travel adventure.

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See what we mean? Erika definitely has an eye for all things photography. If you want to see more of Erika’s awesomeness, be sure to check out her blog (especially her 30 before thirty bucket list). We cannot wait to read about all of Erika’s upcoming Euro adventures!

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#WanderingEyes: Kelsea Holder

Wedding photographer, Kelsea Holder, captures ethereal, sultry beauty in anything and everything

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We hope you wanderers have been enjoying our series #WanderableGypset, in which we glean highlights from the lives of some of our favorite professional haute-bohemian travelers. In this new series, #WanderingEyes, we will shine a light on artists who travel the world documenting its beauty, and our second feature is the brilliant wedding photographer, Kelsea Holder, whose kind demeanor and exacting eye have taken her to delicious heights.

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Who is this Kelsea Holder, you ask?

She is a wedding photographer of the most insanely talented variety. She calls the Central Coast home but finds herself jetsetting across the globe on many adventures yearly to lend her eye to young couples’ unions and capture their magic. The way she captures the chic subtlety of her subjects, it’s no mystery her eyes have led her to wander from Iceland to France to California and everywhere in between. We are obsessed with her homegrown, youthful aesthetic, as she seems to capture not only young couples’ gorgeousness, but their giddiness as well.

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Here are some of our absolute favorite snaps and an exclusive one-on-one with the wunderkind herself.

Wanderable: What inspired you to become a wedding photographer? Was it something you always dreamed of, or something you just fell into?

Kelsey: It’s cheesy to say but I’ve been tinkering with cameras from a young age.  Not only photography struck me…so did painting, drawing, and sculpture. In college. Once I began taking photography seriously, my life changed. I had finally embraced what I wanted deeply in my heart to be doing, and I haven’t looked back.

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W: What is your favorite part of photographing weddings? What is the biggest challenge?

K: I love the amazing people I get to meet through wedding photography. My couples have always been so adventurous, kind, interesting, and in love! And usually their friends, family, and guests that I get to meet, are brilliant as well. The biggest challenge is finding time for myself because I get so wrapped up with what I do. But taking moments to relax and recharge my creativity is also important, so I have to remind myself to take a breather!

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W: What is the coolest place you have ever traveled?

K: Actually, Iceland. Generally I love bustling cities with swarms of people and the amazing history and culture they bring, but I like wandering off-the-beaten-path every once in a while. The population of sheep outnumbers humans in Iceland, so it seemed to be the perfect getaway from craziness and stress! My boyfriend and I rented a campervan and we spent almost two weeks trekking around exploring Iceland’s awe-inspiring nature. It was unforgettable.

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W: Where’s on your bucket list?

K: I didn’t think I could have any more destinations on my bucket list…until I peeked onto Wanderable!! If I had to narrow it down, I’d say I’m really interested to experience Southeast Asia now, as well as New Zealand.

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W: What are you feeling/loving/reading/capturing right now?

K: I’m leaving for a month-long trip to Europe in April. So as of now, I’m reading travel blogs and looking at way too many photos of castles and French food, and starting to get excited for the aesthetic inspiration this trip will bring.

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W: If you could choose one of our Wanderable Experiences,which one would it be and why?

K: Don’t make me choose!! I think this Winter weather has me googley-eyed over the Phuket Island tour. It would be incredible to experience such a starkly different culture and be able to witness such a calm, breathtaking place. Give me some sunshine, Thai food, and toes in that blue water, and I’ll be more than alright.

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We can’t thank Kelsey enough for spending an afternoon with us.

Now off to Europe you go, mademoiselle!

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Dance for France at The Cream Event in LA!

Put your dancing shoes on, Wanderers, cause it’s time to bust a move AKA win a free trip to France!

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We’ve teamed up with Mr. and Mrs. Smith, who has spent the last decade checking into the world’s most stylish, inspiring and romantic boutique hotels, to offer a 7 night honeymoon in France at this year’s Cream Event in Los Angeles. This includes a $2,000 hotel credit in Paris (which can be used at any of the 65 properties in the Mr. and Mrs. Smith Hotel Collection in France), as well as 7 different Wanderable experiences, like a Flytographer photo shoot, Macaron making class, guided tours of Montmartre and Versailles and foodie excursions! In total, this prize is valued at over $5,000. Merci!

Whether you want a cutting edge hotel in the middle of the mountains or something overlooking the Eiffel Tower, Mr. and Mrs. Smith has got you covered. When it comes to honeymoons, they really do know a thing (or ten). Trust us, they will not disappoint.

If you’re lucky enough to score a ticket to the fabulous Cream Event, our Wanderable team will be judging the dance-off, where you can get in on this incredible prize. You better put your dancing shoes on because we are a couple of harsh judges when it comes to giving something away this epic.

Here is the grand prize break down:

45 minute Flytographer Paris Photo Shoot: No more awkward selfies. Flytographer is the perfect way to capture memories in Paris. Choose a personal photographer and photography route, and your photographer will snap your photo as you explore Paris.

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Macaron Class with Patisserie a la Carte: Become a native in no time with this Macaron class, where you will learn how to make the traditional (and delicious) macaron with a French chef. You’ll learn all the necessary techniques to make the perfect dessert and you even get to take your creations home!

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Skip the Line – Eiffel Tower Tour with Fat Tire Bike Tours: On this private, guided tour, you’ll get to skip the crazy Eiffel Tower lines and dive right into the history of this architectural feat. Your guide will regale you with stories of the tower’s history, pointing out monuments along the skyline as you bask in stunning views of the city.

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Versailles Bike Tour with Fat Tire Bike Tours: Venture into the splendor of Versailles, and escape the city for an invigorating bike ride through the elegant countryside. You’ll cruise through the Chateau’s charming trails to visit Marie Antoinette’s hamlet and both the Petit & Grand Trianons. After picnic-ing along the Grand Canal you’ll head to the Chateau itself, where you’ll walk through Marie Antoinette’s chambers and the breathtaking Hall of Mirrors.

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2 hour GPS Audio Guided Tour with Twiz Tour: This Twizy rental is a new way to see all the sights of the city! The Twizy is a 2-seat electric and automatic car with a GPS system that will explain everything you’ll need to know about the best monuments of Paris.

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Epicurean Traditions Food Walk of Paris with Paris by the Glass: Explore the St. Germain des Prés neighborhood of Paris during this tour, following your guide to visit the neighborhood’s best food shops. After enjoying samples at a charming bakery, chocolatier, old fashioned wine shop, family-run charcuterie, and award-winning cheese shop, you’ll wrap the tour up with beautiful pastries.

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Spirit of Montmartre Tour with Hidden Paris Walking Tour: On this private tour, you’ll be able to climb to the top of Montmartre. Along the way, your tour guide will regale you with stories about Montmartre’s rich past as you explore little shops along the way.

So, Wanderers, are you convinced yet? Well, just in case, we’ve gone ahead and added a few extra pics for your viewing pleasure. Good luck and dance for France at the Cream Event in LA!

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