About me

Hello and thank you for visiting my website! The name of my site comes from the many times that family and friends have said that they cannot keep up with where I am in the world. My goal is to take you on a journey around the world to travel through food, and then help you to invent your own international travel mindset!

I’m Lianna, a North American living in London. Originally I am from the USA, and I moved to the United Kingdom in 2001. Besides the UK, I have lived in Hanoi, Vietnam and Paris, France for a few years. I am happily settled back in London since late 2017.

In addition to travel, I love to cook, read, and go for long walks or short runs. I am a certified management coach. And I have a professional career as an epidemiologist working with real world data analytics in the pharmaceutical industry. An added benefit of working for international companies is that I often travel to conferences and international meetings.

I started this blog to share my travel experiences to 100+ countries and territories, with a focus on food and culture. Although these are my particular travel passions, I also want to help others create their own personalised, best travel mindsets. Among the millions of travel websites out there, this blog aims to help to help you to invent your own travel mindset. I believe that a big part of this is preparing for your travels, mentally and physically. I also believe that I need to show you how to do this and not what to do. You can then be fully open to experiencing the places that you visit in the way you want. And this will be true even if things do not always go as planned (and nothing ever goes completely as planned!)

I will share some of my travel tips and experiences, and my goal is to help you to optimise your personal travel planning strategy so you can enjoy the adventure that comes with visiting new and exciting places! Put yourself in control of having experiences that will shape you, and create memories that will last a lifetime.  

My general travel mindset

Remember that this is my personal travel mindset. You will need to build your own to suit your interests, preferences and needs.

  • Be open to new experiences. Appreciate differences in the environment and culture. Different does not necessarily mean worse or better
  • Learn something new, as we all have more to learn, especially from other people
  • Enjoy the journey as much as the destination
  • Travel through food. Food is a great way to experience local culture and to re-visit the memories when you get home
  • Plans are a guide not a restriction. Do what you feel like doing during your travels
  • Quality over quantity – travel should not be just about checking off sights on a list
  • Comfort and cleanliness are enough most of the time. Luxury is for a rare treat to continue to appreciate it.
  • Be adventurous without taking excessive risk (i.e. I try not to put myself intentionally in dangerous situations)