My name is Michelle, and I am a professional musician and digital content creator who loves traveling, fashion, and beauty. I love finding unique travel locations, sharing elegant and colorful fashion finds and talking about the latest makeup launches on my Instagram (@michellelondyn) and website, elegantlypetite.com! It is my hope that my writing, photos, and videos help others see more beauty in the world, whether it is in themselves, in others, or in the world around them.
Why do you travel and look for adventures?
I love expanding my horizons—both literally and figuratively. There is so much beauty to see in this world, and traveling has helped me to be more present in the moment, soaking in all the new experiences and views. Traveling also allows me to gain new perspectives on life and culture. Plus, it’s so much fun to meet new people and find beautiful new places!
What kind of adventures do you look for when you travel?
I love finding unique, less-traveled spots. During my travels, I enjoy exploring a mix of outdoor activities (lots of hiking and beaches, please!) and city adventures. Also, trying new restaurants and local foods is one of my favorite parts of traveling!
What’s your go-to travel hack?
Get up early! I’m a night owl, so this one is hard for me, but it’s so much less crowded in the mornings, and you often can have locations all to yourself.
Got any gear you can’t travel without?
My Béis cosmetic case! It carries all my makeup (and I bring a lot with me!) and keeps everything safe and tidy. Plus, I always have my camera with me so I can document all the beautiful spots I find on the trip.
What destination are you eager to go back to?
Ecuador! I just visited for the first time this past May, and there is so much to see! I can’t wait to return and explore more of the country. In the United States, I always love visiting California and look forward to every trip there.
How do you stay safe when you’re travelling?
Thankfully, my husband and I always travel together, but this is something I still think about each time we travel. We plan out each trip in advance and research every location so we know what to expect. I also avoid going out alone at night, and I’m always aware of who’s around me. But my biggest advice is to trust your gut—if something doesn’t feel right, honor that feeling and get somewhere safe.
What’s the best way to experience a destination like a local?
Before traveling, learn at least some phrases in the country’s language, and then, when you arrive, ask locals for their recommendations for places to go and food to try! Also, while I like going to some of the super touristy locations, my favorite spots have ended up being the less traveled areas of the country. If you are in a country where you don’t speak the language fluently, I also highly recommend a local tour guide!
When and where are you next travelling?
I’m staying local for a few months and exploring my home state of Arizona! There’s so much to see in the American Southwest.
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