Meet Alex Beauchamp

Alex BeauchampIn 1992 Alex Beauchamp began her hospitality career accidentally by travelling to Lake Louise Alberta Canada where she fell in-love with the surroundings, the history, the stories and all the fellow travellers. The idea of making ordinary travel, extraordinary appealed to her and so she began working at the  landmark Chateau Lake Louise Hotel, connecting with guests from all over the world, swapping stories, providing guidance and making life-long friends.

Curious about the world, she moved to New Zealand where she stayed in hostels, homes & gites to really connect to the country she was falling in-love with. From there, she travelled around the world whilst continuing to build a career in hospitality. Seeing the world and living like a local was important not just to her, but to all the guests she came in contact with. So in 1995 she began documenting her travels online to share her stories and finds with others because she believed in the power of the travel community and helping other’s always feel like a local instead of a tourist.

In 2001, after seven years in the travel industry, she launched her own business, Girl at Play Studios. She built award-winning online communities centered around creative entrepreneurs and travel, which garnered her numerous writing awards as well as attracting extensive media attention and over 90,000 visitors each day. In 2002, she combined her love of travel and writing and created Anywhere Everywhere. In 2005 Alex launched the award-winning travel site “Girls Guide to City Life” which shared the best of 12 major cities around the world from local female writers who lived in them. In 2007 the site was acquired by Demand Media.

Alongside her travel writing and photography, Alex has worked with world-class brands to help them create award-winning content and social media strategies and campaigns including Airbnb, Tourism British Columbia, Brewster Tours, Demand Media, Disney and Anthropologie. Visit her company site, Girl at Play Studios for more on her content creation.

Alex has lived and worked in England, Ireland, France, Canada, Singapore and New Zealand. She immigrated to America in 1999 and have lived all over it since – Franklin TN, Bowling Green KY, Seattle WA, Austin TX, Philadelphia PA, San Francisco CA, San Diego CA and now resides in Santa Monica CA.


While I am often paid to write about my travel and experiences for magazines and blogs, I am never paid to promote a hotel, service, tour or city. Every place I write about or review on this site, I’ve personally visited and personally recommend (and I’m picky!) so you can be sure that each article and Tweet is an honest review. Because part of traveling is sharing your experiences (good and bad) with others whether it’s over coffee in Paris cafe or via a blog post.


2016: New York | London, Bath, Hampshire UK | Ojai CA | Palm Springs CA | Vancouver, Canada
2015: London UK | Loire Valley & Paris France | Vancouver Canada  | Santa Barbara CA
2014: Napa California | Singapore | Hong Kong | Dublin Ireland | London UK | Washington DC | Santa Monica CA
2013: Salt Lake City, Utah | Joshua Tree, California | Maui, Hawaii | Amsterdam | Copenhagen Denmark
2012: San Ysidro Ranch, CA | Philadelphia PA | Napa Valley CA | Bolinas CA | San Diego, CA
2011: Big Sur CA | Austin, TX (SXSW) | Denmark, Germany, London | Palm Springs CA | Portland OR | San Francisco CA
2010: Austin, TX (SXSW) | Los Angeles CA |  New York | Philadelphia PA | Boston MA | Route 66 Trip
2009: Seattle, WA | New York, NY | San Francisco, CA | Pennsylvania | Drove across the US: Los Angeles, CA to New York, NY | Vancouver, Canada
2008: Lake Arrowhead CA | Santa Ynez Valley, CA | Mendocino & Yukiah CA | Las Vegas, NV | London, Luxembourg, France | Ireland | Carmel by the Sea CA
2007: San Francisco CA | Chicago IL | New York, NY | Denmark
2006: Driving Across Canada from Vancouver BC to St. John’s NL | Yosemite National Park, CA | Canadian Rockies | Austin TX for SXSW | Seattle WA
2005: Portland OR | Pasadena CA | Whistler BC, Canada
2004: Los Angeles CA | Denver CO | San Francisco CA | New York NY | Provence France | Dallas TX
2003: Portland OR | Salt Spring Island BC | Vancouver BC | Victoria BC | Austin Texas
2002: Vancouver BC | Canadian Rockies including Banff, Jasper and Lake Louise AB | Denmark | Belgium, France | England

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Airbnb, Disney, Travel and Leisure, Yahoo! Travel, The San Francisco Gate, Budget Travel, Washington Post, Anthropologie, Houston Chronicle, Austin American-Statesman, National Association of Women Writers, Vancouver Sun, CBC, Small Spiral Notebook, San Jose Mercury News.