I’m so glad you’re here! If you love traveling as much as I do then you’ve come to the right place.
Ever since I was an anthropology major at UCLA, I loved learning about different cultures. I studied abroad in Barcelona and became enamored with getting lost in a new city, learning a new language, trying different cuisine, and exploring an unfamiliar place. My travels have always been driven by my curiosity and that remains true today.
The pre-trip planning and research have been equally exhilarating for me. I always keep travel lists on my iPhone notepad and detailed Google Sheets of my itineraries down to the hour. I became known as the “Trip Planning Queen” and soon enough, close friends and Instagram followers started asking for my “lists” which is how the name Leila’s List was born.
After a 7-year marketing career in tech, I decided to turn my passion for traveling into a career as a travel and lifestyle writer. My work has since been published in NBC News, Business Insider, Thrillist, Huffington Post, Reader’s Digest, PureWow, and Hello Giggles to name a few. I also document my travels on Instagram and created a niche around luxury travel experiences around the world.
But the #1 question I receive over and over again after, “What’s been your favorite destination?” is, “When will you have a website?” I always wanted a platform to publish my own content and easily share all the travel recommendations I’ve made throughout the years. So, here it is.
This project has been a labor of love. It’s a collection of some of my favorite travel experiences and it was created for you. I love traveling, trying new restaurants, living a healthy lifestyle, and sharing my finds with other people who share the same passion. It brings me the greatest satisfaction when someone tells me they visited a place or discovered a new product based on my recommendations.
My hope is that Leila’s List inspires your next trip, outing, or weekend plans and that it sparks the same joy in you as it does for me.