Lesley Carter is an adventurous soul. She is a travel Writer/Editor/Influencer at Bucket List Publications– one of the top ten most shared travel blogs globally. She has visited more than 100 countries and lived worldwide- while leaving notes on her blog so that others can follow in her footsteps.
For Lesley, it’s all about travel, adventure and exciting experiences!
She loves sharing tips and tricks to save traveling and realizing that you don’t have to be millionaires to make great trips. She started her travel blog to preserve the memories of her adventures. To this day, her blog has become part of her work. Apart from being a travel blogger, she is a writer and editor at Bucket List Publications, with millions of subscribers. In addition to being an excellent writer, she is also an amazing photographer, so her stories are very well documented graphically, leading the reader to delve even deeper into the places she describes.
Today, Bucket List Publications has become a reference among backpackers and families from all over the world, with very useful information and resources, especially for those who like to travel with their family and without fear of the adventure that traveling entails. Did you know Lesley has traveled to 50 countries with her kids? Her success and fame are escalating in this world of adventure travel tales.
Traveling is life-changing and teaches us about ourselves and our world. We have become poetic and sentimental while learning about organizing, managing time and packing. It’s one of the most exciting and entertaining ways to become knowledgeable and Lesley Carter has 101 reasons to prove it.
You have to make sure that your money will last for weeks or even months when you travel. Your priorities will change; you will stop buying compulsively and start to plan your purchases meticulously. At the same time, you’ll learn when to save and when to splurge: A week’s worth of frozen supermarket food to save some money so you can go snorkeling in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef? Yes, please.
It happens to you that you are at home and you don’t know what to do. You get bored, tired, and go around the kitchen a thousand times. Yes, those days can be quite tedious. However, you have to turn this situation around. There are many things to do, and surely, your future self will thank you very much. Short of ideas? It’s okay. Today Lesley shares how she loves to discover new things when not traveling.
Lesley’s mantra is to be relaxed and flexible.
It’s good to have a plan, but it can change along the way, and there will be rainy days. Traveling is not about crossing countries and places off a list. It’s about having life-lasting memories. However, when I’m at home, I chill and plan activities with my kids or hop on learning a new skill or language.
Lesley believes: that a foreign language will help you make new friends, get to know a different culture, and fully enjoy your trip. So, no matter where you go, always learn a few words; after all, the locals know the best restaurants, bars, and tips.
Be Grateful- At Any Cost!
You will be in the privileged position of experiencing things when traveling. But being at home, taking a break for your family, allows you to appreciate the little things that make life so interesting and memories so unforgettable: it reminds you to go through life with your eyes and ears wide open, but above all, with an open mind.
For Lesley, it’s always the little things that matter.
Last spring, when I was home, I realized how little things bring a great way to get your life in order, both mentally and physically.
We live in a world where we are connected to everyone at the touch of a button. Being alone without feeling alone is one of the most undervalued skills today. Once you feel happy and content, you have a lot to gain in life.
Lesley loves exploring and takes online courses on things she wants to learn.
The internet is bustling with opportunities where you can learn for free and enjoy it at any time. A new skill can open more doors in your life, shares Lesley.
Reconnect with the people who bring value to your life
Lesley loves connecting. When you could go out all the time, and there were always a thousand pending on the list, it was more difficult to keep in touch with people, now is the time to return to those spaces to find out more about your loved ones, call them and “catch up” as in the past days, she concludes.
Lesley makes sure to reserve a space during the day to spend time with her kids
Small little pleasures like playing hopscotch on the sidewalk with her son or watching her daughter’s cheer routine bring great joy into Lesley’s life. Family game nights, family movies, and outdoor activities all add to the bond with her children.
Why not read a book?
Lesley says, ” Why not delve into that novel you left halfway about two months ago and that you surely don’t remember much anymore, or are you a regular reader? I made a list of those books I always wanted to read and didn’t have time for. So now is the time!
Organize photos and files on her laptop
Nothing is more pleasant than a computer with all the files in order. So now there are no excuses to have the desktop and the folders from head to toe. No excuses. Go for it.
Research new travel blogs
Are you an inveterate traveler, but the panorama is not very favorable for you right now? Don’t worry. You are not alone in this. However, we can still travel a bit through the screen thanks to the countless number of travel blogs that abound on the internet, shares Lesley.
Lesley does a photography challenge at home
I was always intrigued to find out: do you have to go out to take good photos? Not at all! A true photographer knows that they may be waiting for the perfect shot anywhere. That allowed me to train my perspective by doing a fun photography challenge at home.
Doing puzzles with her kids
Lesley Carter is a mother to two most wonderful kids who also travel with her. Lesley does puzzles. You know those puzzles with so many pieces that make you wonder, “Who has time to put this together?” Well, now you might be the one who has time to put that together. If you have any collecting dust at home, it is a good recommendation to hang out and feel proud at the end.
Find a new topic to obsess over.
Lesley says sporadic obsessions with a particular topic are a way to learn a lot in a short time. What is that topic that you always wanted to investigate better but had not had time for?
Before signing off, here is Lesley’s candid recommendation:
“One of the best exercises to meet your goals is to make a bucket list and enumerate them. You can spend time creating your list of things you would like to do and put a date on it. Now, go make them a reality!”