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Lilly LeClair

I'm a freelance writer, photographer, and travel planner originally from Northern Michigan, affectionately known as 'Up North'. My first paid gig was through Oyster.com — a start-up travel site, now owned by TripAdvisor, who sent me to photograph and review hotels in the U.S., Caribbean, Central America, South Pacific, and South Asia. Since 2011, I've covered 500+ properties around the world.

During this time, I worked for Jetsetter.com's Personal Travel Planning team customizing honeymoons and family vacations for members of the site. Among other projects related to travel, I've helped open a restaurant in Chicago and a hotel in Brooklyn so food, wine, and hospitality are high on the list of things that make me smile.

How did you get involved in travel?

"I saved up funds and took my first round-the-world trip in 2006 — a three-month budget adventure through Australia, Asia, and Europe. To stay in touch with friends and family, I started a blog and became hooked on travel writing and photography. A few years later, I moved to London to attend journalism school and (no surprise) stuck to the travel industry. During the course, I completed internships with the London Times Travel Desk and the New York Times Frugal Traveler, which led to my first job out of college. From then on it's been all about travel and hospitality. "

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"After a long journey of two trains, three planes, and a boat to get to the Maldives to review hotels for six weeks, I should have gone straight for the shower. Instead, I pulled out my camera to take the first photos of the trip when a double rainbow appeared in the Indian Ocean. "

Featured trips & expertise

Hike through the hills surrounding Lake Bled
Highlights of Slovenia - 8 Days

This outdoorsy 8-day road trip allows you to travel through Slovenia's gorgeous countryside at your own pace. Starting from the laidback riverside cafés of Ljubljana, you'll explore the fairytale shores of Lake Bled, rocky passes of the Julian Alps, rushing waters of Soça River, and rolling hills of Goriška Brda wine region. Enjoy alfresco activities that this small country is known for—i.e. hiking, biking, swimming, and river rafting—along with caves, castles, and centuries of history.

Finish the trip on Slovenia's Adriatic coast
Highlights of Slovenia - 6 Days

Experience the best of Slovenia in less than a week on this 6-day road trip. The adventure starts in the leafy capital Ljubljana, from where you'll journey to the shores of Lake Bled and Lake Bohinj. Continue driving to the rocky passes of the Julian Alps and Goriška Brda wine region before heading to the medieval port of Piran. With castles, caves, and the Adriatic coast along the route, take in all the views and outdoor activities Slovenia has to offer, along with plenty of time to pull over for the perfect photo.

The idyllic town of Piran on Slovenia's Adriatic coast
Highlights of Slovenia - 5 Days

With just five days, this scenic road-trip itinerary allows just enough time to explore Slovenia's countryside while not feeling too rushed. Starting from the laid-back riverside cafés of Ljubljana, you'll drive to the scenic shores of Lake Bled, the rocky passes of the Julian Alps, and the rolling hills of Goriška Brda wine region before finishing along the Adriatic coast. Sample the views and outdoor activities Slovenia has to offer, not to mention castles, caves, and history dating back to the Middle Ages.

A sunrise view in Lake Bled
Highlights of Slovenia - 4 Days

Four days is just enough time to check out Slovenia's unbelievably scenic countryside. This 4-day road trip begins in the lively riverside town of Ljubljana, then heads to the scenic shores of Lake Bled before finishing in the medieval coastal town of Piran. With lakes, mountains, and the Adriatic sea along the route, you'll sample some of the best views and outdoor activities Slovenia has to offer in a short amount of time.

Drive along some of Scandinavia's most beautiful roads.
Nordic Road Trip for Nature Lovers - 14 Days

Take the wheel on this relaxed self-guided road trip as you travel through five of Norway's official scenic routes. Over two weeks you'll encounter a number of stunning fjords, national parks, cool mountain towns, farm stands, and varying landscapes with mile-long views. Finish the adventure with some urban culture in Norway's second largest city (Bergen) with its great restaurant scene and wharfside UNESCO World Heritage Site.  

Dramatic hairpin turns on the Trollstigen Road.
Norway's Ultimate Scenic Road Trip - 14 Days

Starting and ending in Oslo, this wide loop covers a staggering variety of landscapes where'll you drive through three of Norway's official scenic routes. First, make your way to a former Olympic village and two national parks loaded with wildlife, then head west for hiking and boating in the fjords. Stay two nights in the art nouveau city of Ålesund before you swing back around towards Jotunheimen National Park. Finish in the alpine village of Lom with one of the best restaurants and bakeries in Norway.