Great people do things before they’re ready. They do things before they know they can do it. Doing what you’re afraid of, getting out of your comfort zone, taking risks like that — that is what life is. You might be really good. You might find out something about yourself that’s really special and if you’re not good, who cares? You tried something. Now you know something about yourself.
I’m Kellyanne, the voice behind Gypsy Liz. I’m neither a gypsy nor a Liz, but I’ll get to that later. I’ve been a dreamer my entire life — daydreaming of foreign languages, traditions, heritages, food, and lands outside of my hometown in southern California. I grew up amongst the blossoming almond orchards in idyllic Bakersfield, California; about an hour or so north of Los Angeles. My childhood was filled with friends from all over
If El Salvador is considered the 45 minute country – 45 minutes from the mountain ranges to coconut palm-lined beaches – Bakersfield is definitely the 2-hour city. A quick two hour car ride (I know, quick & two-hour might be an oxymoron, but California is huge. It’s not that bad) and you’ll be hiking up to General Sherman in the majestic Sequoia National Park, on a bike ride in picturesque Santa Barbara, hitting up the farmer’s market in San Luis Obispo, imbibing at the wineries in Paso Robles, ATVing in the Mojave Desert, or catching a show in LA. Plus, it’s a pretty rad city itself and wonderful to live in. Read more about my California adventures here.
he Bakersfield of Ireland: Tipperary. By then, I was worried that Ireland would be all too familiar and not as exotic as all of the other places I visited – no camels or amazing mosques or menus that took ten minutes to decipher. Turns out, I immediately felt like it was exactly where I needed to be. I spent a handful of months living on an agricultural college, surrounded by cows (just like home!) and horses and hills that were all a different shade of green. I made friends, visited more places than I ever could imagined, cooked local foods, and spent every single day slow-living. Since I left the country, not a day goes by that it’s not on my mind. I’ve gone back to visit since then, and consider it my second home. Read more about my Irish adventures here.
Eight countries later, I headed back back to the States and became a travel agent. Talk about dream job! Nowadays, I spread my time between three of my true loves: travel, by planning unforgettable trips for others and dreaming up my next getaway; coffee, as a barista at a wonderful little cafe and seeking out my next favorite cortado; and technology, by building beautiful websites for others and keeping this blog up-to-date with all of my musings.
Thanks for joining me!
Why Gypsy Liz?
I’ve been a dreamer my whole life (shameless INFP here). My great grandma, Ruth Cleugh, was a life-long traveler and my childhood was filled with stories from her travels and spontaneity.
At 82 — widowed and strong-willed as ever — she packed her bags and traveled solo to eastern Europe. Her novel Gypsy Liz was the epitome of a pre-Internet travelogue that documented her thoughts, encounters, and excitement during the early 1970s. I hope to capture a glimmer of her style and adventurous nature through my travels and site.
Gypsy Liz is a rapidly growing travel blog. Does your brand seem like a good fit for this blog? Then let’s chat. I’m open to collaborating in a a variety of ways — from ads and sponsored and guest posts to content creation and social media takeovers — shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested in collaborating. Looking forward to working with you!