Monthly Archives: August 2012

Getting to Know Spa Travel Gal

As I continue to feature blog in my newsletter, I bring to you someone who loves to be pampered while traveling. Spa Travel Gal writes about her travels and her spa experiences at different locations. If you love to be pampered read the interview I was privileged to get with her. You can then check her out on Facebook or follow her on Twitter.

Who is the Spa Travel Gal?

Ava Roxanne Stritt is a travel writer with a passion for resort spas. Fox News, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, Spa Week and the Atlanta Journal Constitution have recently quoted her concerning spa, travel, fashion, the environment, and various other topics. As a travel writer and the editor of Spa Travel Gal, her articles have appeared with Spa Week, H Magazine, Destinations Travel Magazine, CBS News, Upscale Living Magazine, Healthy Living Magazine, Examiner and various other media outlets.  Ava Roxanne is a writer, a financial analyst, and a wife and mother from Atlanta. For her writings on the joys of travel, spas, skincare, and ways to refresh your life follow her at www.SpaTravelGal.com Also Ava Roxanne is a Curator for ahalife.com.

Where do you live and where are you from?

I live in Atlanta, but I live in a spa in my mind!

How long have you ben writing about travel and spas?

I have been actively writing about travel and spas for 3 years, but wrote a lot of poetry in high school and articles for my college newspaper.

Have you traveled anywhere recently that has become your favorite? Why?

My most recent favorite destination is St. Kitts.St. Kitts Marriott poolWhile staying at the St. Kitts Marriott I was able to hike through the rainforest by day and still dine at a fine dining restaurant called Blu at night. St. Kitts is an undiscovered paradise that I feel blessed to have been able to see at this time. Click here to visit the St. Kitts website.

St. Kitts Marriott Spa

But then again for shopping you can’t beat Chelsea’s King’s Road in London!

Where is the next place you REALLY want to go?

Hawaii to see active volcanos and lava!

How did you become so interested in travel and writing about it?

It’s in my blood!

What kind of content will people be able to expect from your blog?

Spa Travel Gal believes that spa, travel and skincare experiences are not a luxury, but essential to a healthy body and mind. Travel is the collection of experiences and I believe everyone needs travel in their life.

Any thing else you want other people to know about you and your blog?

Please come by and comment to let me know about your own experiences or those travel experiences you dream about taking one day!

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Mrs O Around the World Interview

In my newsletters, I wanted to start featuring blogs that I love. This has morphed into doing an interview with the blogger and showing the full interview on my blog here. So in my second attempt at featuring a blog in my newsletter, here is the post of the interview. You can sign up to receive my newsletter by clicking here.

Ana Silva-O’Reilly (@mrsoaroundworld) is a blogger I have been following for a few months now. I really enjoy her content and her pictures are amazing. She loves to travel and loves to help others by giving them insight into her travel. I interviewed Ana this past week and here is the transcript.

Meet Mrs. O

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Mrs. O Around the Worldmrsoaroundtheworld.com

Excited by all good things in life, Mrs O spends a significant part of her life travelling around the world and having a bit of fun. MrsOaroundtheworld.com is the place to come if you want to know where to go for your next lux weekend or proper holiday getaway. She loves travel, loves people and she loves shoes. You can visit her blog, follow her on Twitter or like (and love) on Facebook

THE INTERVIEW

Where are you from originally and where do you now call home?

I am originally from Lisbon, Portugal but love made me move to the pretty town of Henley on Thames, in the English countryside!

How long have you been a travel blogger?

Mrsoaroundtheworld.com started at the end of 2011, so a little over 8 months. Hadn’t realised how quickly time goes by!

How did you become so interested in travel and writing about it?

To be honest, it is my parents’ fault. We have always had nice holidays and it was always part of our lives. Writing about it? A complete accident! It all started on Twitter late last year – friends always asked me for recommendations here and there and I always had some emails ready to fire away. With the blog, I am just making available such tips and experiences to a wider audience.

Where have you been and what destinations were your favorites? And why?

My favourite verb, is indeed go. I know Europe and North America pretty well, and have recently discovered a bit of South America, which I love. From Asia, I have only been to China. But technically, have been “around the world” on my honeymoon which took us to Australia, Tahiti, US and back to England.

What content can reader expect to find in your blog?

My mother always told me (and still does) that “if you are leaving home, it has to be better”. So I am a good girl and do as I am told. I love going away to nice places, which means hotels will be pretty nice and the destinations not bad either. But like most people, I have limited resources, so need to be organised in order to make them go as far as possible, so no hotels which costs an arm or a leg. I would say $300-500 would be the absolute maximum, so technically affordable. I don’t like reading magazines where I cannot even dream of going!

Have you ever been cruising?

To be honest, I never thought I would – just not my thing. So I was quite surprised when I found myself accepting an invitation to try it out recently. I spent a weekend onboard MSC Splendida’s Yacht Club, which is a ship inside a ship and really enjoyed it. Who says people can’t change their mind? I had a lot of fun, especially shooting some films, which was a first to me!

Any thing else you want other people to know about you and your blog?

I am a girl who likes travelling. A lot. And shoes too. I only write about places I have been and loved, and doing it for fun. If I can inspire one single person to go somewhere, try a place and love it, I have fulfilled my ambition.

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