Fairytale Traveler explores places inspired by stories


Christa Thompson has a creative, fantastic, and exciting approach to trip planning through her Fairytale Traveler blog. She believes it is a way to connect with your children and even your inner child by exploring the places that are the catalyst to the greatest stories ever told. It can even be a romantic adventure, or even enriching for the solo-traveler.

1.)Where was the first place that you traveled that made you think WOW—travel is amazing (think history book come to life or …..)

During the summer of 2003 I took a train from London to Paris. London was great, but Paris blew my mind. I was studying at the time at the University of Cambridge in the UK. This trip was the one that gave me the travel bug.

2.)If you had unlimited resources, where would you go and what would you do? 

I would go to every region on the planet where animals are endangered and work with their local charity organizations to help in any way I could be it financially or with manpower. I would go on an expedition to places shrouded in mystery and lore in far-off lands and offer my resources to help preserve the areas where they are found. I would also explore places considered scientific phenomenon.

3.)What were you afraid to do and how did you find the courage to overcome it?

Quit my job and work for myself. I don’t think I ever overcame the fear, I just took the leap.

4.)What apps do you use regularly that make your life easier?

Preview, Bitly, Google Drive, Snapseed, Photo & Picture Resizer, Adobe Fill & Sign, KinMaster, Google Docs, Acorns, Waze, PayPal, and Delta.

5.)What place do you wish more people have seen?

The Riviera Maya of Mexico, Norway and Rovaniemi, Finland

6.)When were you surprised by the kindness of strangers on a trip?

In Dublin, Ireland everyone is so nice. During my first trip there a man walked me the entire way to my hotel because it was raining and he had an umbrella. Then, he just turned around and went on.

7.)What inspired you to travel for extended periods of time or live in a new country?

I wanted to see history and beauty with my eyes beyond photos, and I wanted to be more cultured.

8.)I travel because….

I love adventure, mystery, and culture.

9.) My favorite travel or business book is… 

Right now I’m reading Mom Boss by Nicole Feliciano

10.)  How about hotels?  What’s your favorite or one you’d recommend?

I have a top 3 favorite list, The Sagamore Pendry in Baltimore, MD, Hotel Xcaret in the Riviera Maya of Mexico and the Shelbourne, Dublin.

Lastly, can you please recommend a resource for up-and-coming travel writers; this could be a course you know, a book, conference etc. 

TBEX is a great travel blogger conference for new bloggers, Travel Writing 2.0 by Tim Leffel is what I started on over 4 years ago.

At the Fairytale Traveler, Christa Thompson spends countless hours researching and interviewing experts to find destinationshotelscabins, tours, historic sites, and pre-historic sites where the memory of fascinating tales and legends are remembered. The Fairytale Traveler is a travel and lifestyle blog inspired by the greatest stories ever told. It follows the adventures of Christa and her son Gauge as they explore the world’s magical, otherworldly and fairytale-like places, places that inspired great stories, film locations, creepy places, historic sites, castles, and just about anything suited for royalty.

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Lori Leroy

Lori Green LeRoy is a mom to two young boys, and currently indoctrinating them into the wonder and awe of exploring the world, so far 27 states and 11 countries. She writes travel pieces for several websites as well as her own blog: www.mapsmemoriesandmotherhood.com

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