August 28, 2020

 

Leah in flip flops in Tuscany
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A fun interview with Leah Thrapp, a luxury travel planner who manages to juggle her business with being a mother of two young children and a wife to a fellow wanderlust inclined man. She shares some of her flipflop adventure stories about Ireland, Scotland, and Italy on the latest podcast.

Flip Flops And Adventure Stories With Leah Thrapp:

Couple with their two kids
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The family that travels together: Leah with her fellow adventurers.

Growing up in Austin, Leah always had the need to travel, and unlike most people I’ve met, it wasn’t really something inherited from her parents. Recognizing her need to travel, she focused on finding work that could further her travels and basically worked in order to earn travel money.

 

Highlights of the podcast include:

 

  • Family life and wanderlust at a young age.
  • Why flip flops and adventures?
  • Her first proper introduction in the form of being an au-pair to two young children.
  • Finding herself on a plane with said children on her way to Spain.
  • Focusing on jobs that would allow travel, or quitting if she had no choice.
  • Her love for off the beaten track adventure and starting a blog to document her various journeys.
  • Her readers wanting the same kind of adventures, eventually leading to her new business.
  • What makes her curated luxury travel adventures different from others in a crowded field.
  • Food, and wine as an important component of any travel and to help capture the essence of a place.
  • Some of the highlights of travel in Tuscany and a few other places.
  • Out of the ordinary activities included in some of her trips.
  • Incorporating the children into her travels with ease despite the fact that she had been told that it would be a mission impossible.
  • How the coronavirus has had a devastating effect on her business.
  • Canceled plans, postponed research trips with no end in sight.
  • Her plight and others in the same industry.
  • Anger at the uncertainty of it all, and if/when it all comes to an end.
  • How she is coping with it all.

 

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Leah on one of her many travels. A castle adventure.

 

 

Listen to the flip flops and adventure stories podcast here, or on any listening platform like Spotify or iTunes, and please subscribe.

 


Where to find Leah Thrapp:

Her flip flops website

On Instagram

 

Other podcasts of interest:

 

Life in Canada

Algarve Portugal living

Meet the hostess Kemkem

Other podcast stories

 

Travel Worries these days:

Travel is most likely forever changed for everyone. I see people still fighting it, trying for a sense of normalcy (like coronavirus won’t stop me from traveling), but it’s clear that it’s grasping at straws. Travel planning now includes questions that were unheard of before March of this year. Real legitimate questions like:

  • Will l be able to enter when l arrive at my destination? Is your point of origin banned from entry, for example, a visitor from the U.S not being allowed into Spain for instance? Even if you have a layover only, it might be forbidden.
  • Will l have to self-quarantine once there? Imagine having a two week holiday and having to spend those two weeks in a hotel room. Even in the U.S., it differs from state to state.
  • Will l have to pay to quarantine? Countries such as Australia and Cambodia require a $3,000 deposit fee upfront for the quarantine.
  • Do you need a negative COVID test to travel, and what is the window of the test?
  • Social distancing measures in the new place. Masks?

 

These are just some of the initial worries. The biggest one is probably the chances of the borders closing while you’re on holiday. All these just make me worry, and would prevent me from having a restful holiday. All we can do right now is just hope for the best.

Do you have any travel plans, including local ones? A staycation of sorts? How are you handling your wanderlust?