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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UPDATE: Contest Closed! Win a Free Honeymoon (or just a trip!) In Vietnam

UPDATE: This contest is now closed! Make sure to follow us on Facebook to find out about more chances to win!

CONTEST ALERT: WIN A FREE HONEYMOON IN VIETNAM!

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We are very excited to announce our partnership with Mr. and Mrs. Smith Hotels, Cathay PacificTourNative and Traveling Spoon to give away an amazing honeymoon to Vietnam!

Here’s what’s included:

– Roundtrip airfare for two courtesy of Cathay Pacific

– 3 night stay at Fusion Mala courtesy of Mr. and Mrs. Smith

– 3 night stay at An Lam Saigon River courtesy of Mr. and Mrs. Smith

– Amazing guided tour of Ho Chi Minh City and Hoi Ann by our partner TourNative

– Cooking lessons provided by our partner Traveling Spoon

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Here are the deets:

TourNative is an online marketplace connecting travelers to local guides to facilitate authentic travel experiences: TourNative will be offering a tour of Ho Chi Minh city where the lucky winners will be able to see this magical city with their very own personal tour guide, as well as a tour in Hoi Ann.

Traveling Spoon finds the best grandmothers and other home cooks and connects them with travelers looking for meaningful food experiences in local homes: Traveling Spoon will be offering a Cooking Lesson and Authentic Vietnamese Meal in Ho Chi Minh City.

TourNative and Traveling Spoon are two of Wanderable’s favorite partners! Good news: they’re also available in many other locations, so don’t forget to think of them on your next worldly adventure.

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THIS IS A ONCE IN A LIFETIME OPPORTUNITY. Enter here!

Good luck Wanderers!

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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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The Cream Event: #DanceForFrance Recap

 #DanceForFrance was officially a success! Congratulations to our winner,  Michael and his fiance, Dina, who won a 7-night honeymoon in Paris! Screen Shot 2015-03-17 at 9.27.05 AM This year’s Cream Event in LA was one for the record books. Between the unbelievable band and DJ to the mouth-watering food that was served, this event will have people (especially us) talking for months. Each and every vendor  that participated was incredibly unique and brought something special to the table. Our favorite part had to have been #DanceForFrance, a dance off hosted by yours truly where the grand prize was a trip to Paris. After many impressive dance moves from a number of talented contestants, the winner was finally chosen. Congratulations to Michael, the winner of this year’s dance-off, and his fiance, Dina! We were thoroughly impressed with the amount of flips and cartwheels that Michael pulled off, and could not be happier for these two lovebirds. Enjoy the beauty and romance of breathtaking Paris!

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Just in case you missed the epic prize deets: Michael and his fiance Dina won a 7-night honeymoon in Paris. This includes a $2,000 hotel credit to any Mr. and Mrs. Smith Hotel in France, as well as 7 different Wanderable experiences. These experiences include a Flytographer photo shoot, a Macaron making class with Patisserie a la Carte, an Eiffel Tower tour and Versailles bike tour with Fat Tire Bike Tours, a 2 hours GPS tour with Twiz Tour, an Epicurean food walk with Paris by the Glass, and last but not least, a guided tour of Montmartre with Hidden Paris Walking Tours. In total, this prize is valued at over $5,000! Here are some photos of this awesome event:

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Hopefully this gave you a little taste of our experience at The Cream Event in LA. We highly recommend that everyone attends next year because as you can see, this event is something truly special. Plus, you might even win a free honeymoon. You never know. May the odds be ever in your favor.

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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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