Where are you from and what is your background?
I am originally from San Francisco. I moved to London in 2007 after leaving a career in finance. You can learn more about my background on the About page.
How did you move to London, and how have you managed to stay?
I got a UK work visa in 2007 that allowed me to live and work in London for two years. After that, I renewed the visa for three more years. After five years of living and working in the UK, I applied for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR), and after six years, I applied for citizenship. I became a British citizen in 2014, and I now have dual British and American citizenship. You can read more about the process here.
What advice do you have for people trying to get a visa to live and work in London?
The visa I came to the UK on was discontinued, so it’s harder to get a visa to live and work in the UK now than it was back then. There are still ways to do so, though, including getting a student visa or getting sponsored by a company. You can learn more on the UKBA website.
Where should I stay when I visit London?
I often get asked that question, and there’s no right answer. London is a big city, the attractions are spread out, and every neighborhood is unique. In order to narrow it down, click here for a guide to where to stay in London based on your style and click here for a guide to choosing a hotel that’s right for your individual taste.
Where have you traveled?
I have traveled to 111 countries and every continent apart from Antarctica. You can see the list of my first 100 countries here. Since then I have also been to Rwanda, Azerbaijan, St Lucia, Nepal, Bahrain, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Panama. I’ve created a World Travel Map of every country I’ve visited and my blog posts about each one.
How often do you travel?
It depends on the month, but sometimes I travel up to three or four times, and sometimes I stay in London all month. In an average year, I spend around 100 days on the road and take approximately 25 trips. It keeps me busy!
What’s been your favorite place you’ve visited?
That’s the most difficult question I get asked, but I like to say that I prefer different places for different things. For beaches, I love the Maldives, for natural beauty, it’s Namibia and Chile, for food I like Mexico and Thailand, and for wildlife, it’s Botswana and the Galapagos. My favorite cities are Paris, Hong Kong, London (obviously), and San Francisco (not that I’m biased!).
Where do you want to go that you haven’t been?
Ethiopia and Antarctica are at the top of my list right now. I would also love to see the Northern Lights and do a barbecue road trip through the American south.
How did you start blogging?
I started blogging in 2002 when one of my college roommates introduced me to the concept. A lot of us were about to study abroad for a semester, so we decided to use blogging to keep in touch. I ran the blog until I graduated in 2004, then started the A Lady in London blog before I moved to London in 2007. You can read the full story here.
Do you do this full-time?
Yes. I have been running the A Lady in London blog full-time since the beginning of 2010.
What other projects are you working on?
In addition to the blog, I do a lot of speaking and teaching (you can see my events calendar here), as well as travel planning and blog coaching for clients. You can learn more on my business website. There are always new projects in the pipeline, too!
What kind of camera do you use?
I use a Canon 5D Mark III. The two main lenses I use with it are the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM (standard zoom) and the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM (telephoto). You can learn more here.
Can I use your photos?
I don’t allow the use of my photos outside of my blog and social channels without my permission. If you are interested in using them, please contact me. You can find my contact information here.
I want to quit my job and start a blog. What advice do you have?
That’s exciting! I’m glad you want to start a blog. I teach a lot of blogging classes in London. They’re a great way to get started and learn all there is to know about how to become a successful blogger. I also offer eBooks for those that aren’t able to attend the classes. You can see my events calendar for class dates and my eBooks page for more information about the books.
I want to improve my blog. Can you help?
Yes. In addition to classes and eBooks, I offer one-on-one blog coaching to help people take their blogs to the next level. Please email me for more information. My contact information can be found here.
I would like your advice for an upcoming trip. Can you help me?
Yes, I have offered travel planning services through the blog since 2010, and have planned many trips for clients all over the world. You can learn more on the Travel Planning Services page.
I’d like to work with you on a project. How do I do this?
I’m happy you’d like to work with me. You can find out more about the blog’s readership on the Media page, and you can find my contact information here.
I have another question that’s not on here. How do I contact you?
You can find my contact information here.