A new addition to the family, launching the biggest fall season ever, a dream trip overseas – this summer has been a whirlwind for Lindsay Phillips and mom Liz. For these gals, the bucket list just keeps growing and traveling is always part of their “Dream Big” equation. We sat down with both ladies to learn more about bucket lists, dream vacations, and how to make the impossible possible!
Liz, you recently went to Mt. Everest for three weeks. Why did you choose Asia and what was it like?
Actually, I went with my friend Susan to help her realize her life long dream! I had actually been to China before with Lindsay to source the original Lulu shoe. This trip we traveled to Bangkok and then flew to Kathmandu. Totally different but both were very interesting. Mt Everest was both amazing and challenging. The Sherpas (guides) we’re incredibly supportive.
We joined up with an outfitter, RMI expeditions, in Kathmandu. We spent a few days acclimating and then 20 days in the Himalaya. We slept in tea houses and tents but luckily had good weather for most the trip. We trekked every day, even on our “days off”. The drink of choice was ginger tea and I ate mostly momos (dumplings), potatoes and eggs!
This was obviously a more goal-oriented trip. What would you say was the most challenging aspect & how did you overcome it?
The hike and altitude is very challenging. At times it was just about making yourself put one foot in front of the other.
What was your most memorable part of the trip?
Lindsay, You’ve traveled pretty far and wide – much more so than the average person – do you still have anything on your bucket list?
Sure! Bali and Thailand…. Along with spending more time in Europe. I love to travel and I love experiencing other cultures.
What has your most memorable trip been?
About 3 years ago my husband and I traveled to Paris with my parents. We spent some time in Paris and the wine country (Beaune). My dad is a huge wine lover and speaks fluent French. Just being able to experience all of the food, wine, and the amazing culture was such a blessing. I love everything about France. The lifestyle is amazing and people have such great taste. The food is out of this world.
Yes! It keeps you focused on where you want to go and helps you follow through with getting there. It also it encourages you set money aside to be able to travel. My goal is to go somewhere once a year.
Dreaming is one thing – following through is another. What are your tips for making these dreams happen?
I have several, actually! First, set aside a travel account and put in it what you can. Then pick a place that you really want to go to and start researching. Use Pinterest and follow travel bloggers to learn more. Oh, and of course, get excited and start an itinerary!!
What would you say to someone who says, “I’m too old for that” or “Too busy” or “I can’t with kids”?
You always make time for the things that are important to you – it’ all about attitude. Right now I am in a tough spot for traveling with a one and a half year old and a newborn….But once they are a little older, trust me – we will me making travel plans again!!
As always, this mother daughter duo continue to inspire. But we want to know: what’s on your bucket list? For inspiration, follow our Travel Board on Pinterest. Cheers to dreaming, planning, and trekking the globe (in switchflops, of course ;) Enjoy more photos from Liz’s amazing trip below!