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Welcome to California Wayfaring! I’m Julie and I’m a travel blogger and public speaker. My blog features great escapes in the Golden State. It covers all things urban, nature, and food. If you want to know a bit more about me, read on.


I grew up in California’s Silicon Valley in a town called Portola Valley. After leaving my home state to study International Relations at Brown University in Rhode Island, I came back and moved to San Francisco. I started my career in finance, during which I worked as an analyst for Goldman Sachs and a hedge fund.

In 2007, I moved to London and launched an award-winning global travel blog called A Lady in London. It became a career in 2010 and it’s taken me to over 100 countries.

I lived in London full-time for 15 years. In 2022, I started the California Wayfaring blog and began splitting my time between the UK capital and California.

California Wayfaring on Social Media

I’m active across many social media platforms, from Instagram to TikTok, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. You can follow me for updates.

Travel Writing and Photography

My travel writing has been featured in National Geographic Intelligent Travel, Lonely Planet, BA High Life, The Telegraph, and other publications.

My photography has been commissioned by Eater and featured in newspapers like the Financial Times, magazines like Conde Nast Traveler and Ski+board, and exhibitions at institutions like the Leeds College of Art in the United Kingdom.

Press Interviews and Features

I’ve been interviewed and shared my travel recommendations in The New York Times, Time Out, Metro, Travel + Leisure, the Evening Standard, Cosmopolitan, the BBC, the Mail Online, Cleo Magazine in Australia, and other leading travel and lifestyle publications and major international media outlets.

I’ve also given radio and podcast interviews on Peter Greenberg Worldwide Radio, BBC Radio London, KNX News in Los Angeles, the DK Eyewitness Where to Go podcast, the American Express Shaping Insights podcast, Johnny Jet’s Travel Podcast, WSB Radio in Atlanta, the Amateur Traveler podcast, and more.

Additionally, I’ve been featured in a book called Read This if You Want to Be Instagram Famous.

Travel Planning Services

In conjunction with the California Wayfaring blog, I offer travel planning services and private blog coaching for clients. Please contact me if you’d like me to help you.

Public Speaking

I also give talks at a variety of events, conferences, and universities around the world. Past lecture forums have included the World Travel Market, the Web Summit, Social Media Week, Traverse, iambassador, the Cheltenham Literature Festival, and the University of Cambridge.

I offer in-house social media training for companies and individuals, too. You can contact me for more information.

Furthermore, I offer an eBook on blogging. It’s a great way to get started and/or learn how to become a successful blogger. You can learn more and get it on

Advertise on California Wayfaring

For additional information about the blog and for PR, sponsorship, and advertising inquiries, please contact me.

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Contact California Wayfaring

For more information or to contact me about working with you, please email me at info [at] californiawayfaring [dot] com.

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