Julie Falconer is a London-based travel writer and consultant. She writes an award-winning travel and lifestyle blog, A Lady in London, for which she has travelled to over 90 countries. Julie’s writing has featured in the National Geographic Intelligent Travel Blog, Time Out, Lonely Planet, and other publications. She also lectures and teaches classes on social media and blogging.
Hi Julie, you’re originally from California but you moved to London via San Francisco, Brussels, Providence, Paris, Prague, San Diego, and Nice! Where did this wanderlust come from?
I have always loved to travel, but I discovered my passion for it when I moved to Nice after high school to attend a French language school for three months. I spent my weekends travelling around Europe, and loved how easy it was to discover new countries and cultures in such a short distance.
What was it about London that made you decide to stay in the capital?
London is a huge city, and there is always somewhere new to explore here. World-class art, music, and culture come through London, and the city has great diversity and rich history. As a travel writer, I also appreciate that it is easy to get almost anywhere in the world from here.
What first made you start writing about your travels and organising holidays?
I started writing my blog, A Lady in London, when I moved from San Francisco to London in 2007. Originally it was a way to keep in touch with people back home and have a creative outlet to write about my travels, but over time it attracted a following and I started writing it for a wider audience. Once I started working on the blog full-time, I added the travel planning services as a natural extension of it. Now I plan trips for people all over the world!
Of all the 91 countries you’ve visited, what are your personal highlights?
It’s always hard to choose highlights, as I have loved every country I have been to. If I have to choose a few favourite places, I would say the Maldives for the beaches, Madagascar for wildlife, Namibia and Chile for landscapes, and Indonesia, Thailand, and Spain for food.
What effect do you think social media has had on travel behaviours?
It has had many effects, but the most important one is that now people are able to see other travellers’ perspectives on destinations both known and unknown. Photos and videos have added another element of inspiration, too.
And finally three questions we ask all our experts…
What’s your favourite holiday destination and why?
I try to travel to a new place every time I take a trip, so my favourite destination is always the next one on the list!
What gadget can’t you live without on holiday?
Noise-cancelling headphones. They have come to my rescue on many long-haul flights and cross-country train rides.
What are your three Desert Island Discs?
It always depends on the trip. Different destinations inspire me to listen to different music.