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Welcome to  Amazing Escapades: Adventures for the mind, bod and belly, designed to offer a wide array of domestic and international feature destinations, fascinating articles, themed travel  ideas, travel resources, ways to give back through travel, and more.

Whether you are new to travel, have done a little here or there, or are a seasoned veteran, Amazing Escapades will inspire you to broaden your horizons and explore all the world  has to offer!


Meet Lysa Allman-Baldwin, Publisher and Editor

I love those memes floating around social media comprised of several photos contrasting the perceived thoughts around a certain topic—dogs, directors, working mothers, captains, personal trainers, and so forth.

The meme about Travel Writers looks like this: 

I have to agree with all of them, as the life of a Travel Writer is very multifaceted and can reflect any of those images, on any given day (and sometimes all in the same day!). But I wouldn’t have it any other way!

So how did I get there?

Well, my passion for travel began as a young girl when my mother took me and my sisters on cultural, historic, gastronomic and other adventures in our own backyards while growing up in New York City, Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles.

These mom-and-daughters sojourns were filled with love and her deep-seated desire to teach us how to appreciate the multiple wonders of this world: people, cultures, languages, foods, music and scenery.

Once on my own, my wanderlust for everything the world has to offer continued. Little did I know that my childhood passion would become a full-time career, one that I have cherished  for the past 20 years.

It started by writing small travel pieces for my neighborhood newspaper in San Francisco (long before the internet), then became writing features in other newspapers,  magazines, trade publications, travel guides, online publications, a book (coming soon!), and now launching my own travel website.

My goal for Amazing Escapades is to share my love and passion for travel, and give back to the many places, people and things that have given me an appreciation for life in all of its various forms. (Please check out my   Giving Back  page to learn more about how to not just enjoy, but also give back, to the destinations that you visit).

So whether you are new to travel, have done a little here or there, or are a seasoned veteran, I know you will find Amazing Escapades to be a great resource that will inspire you to broaden your horizons and explore all the world has to offer.

Blessings, gratitude and happy travels!


Lysa writes for numerous online and print publications including:

Chevrolet New Roads Magazine (

Group Travel Leader (

New York Amsterdam Newspaper ( (

Travel Squire (

Virgin Atlantic (

VisitKC (

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