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Lia Garcia
Travel Blogger, Practical Wanderlust
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About me

Hi! I'm Lia Garcia, founder of Practical Wanderlust. I created Practical Wanderlust in 2016, just before taking off on a (semi-disastrous) year-long honeymoon. I've since settled back down in the San Francisco Bay Area, and our site has grown to become one of the most-read travel blogs in the world.

Practical Wanderlust helps curious travelers embark on life-changing trips. We tell the story of what makes a place unique (and maybe a little weird) with historical & social context, giving practical travel advice alongside bad jokes and anecdotes. Our goal is make our audience laugh, learn, and relate; to show that travel doesn’t always have to be perfect; and to emphasize travel as a tool for connection, growth, and positive social impact.

Practical Wanderlust has been featured in Forbes, Travel + Leisure, Lonely Planet, The Washington Post, Vice, Fodor's, and more.

Why did you join the community?

I'd love to connect with brands that align with Practical Wanderlust's mission and passion for using travel as a tool to drive positive social change.

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Travel blogging

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Adventure. Discovery. Stories!