Out now are the Wanderlust Guides by Betsy Beier. A unique and creative way to tour Seattle and San Francisco, see and explore as you never have before with this travel-sized illustrated guidebook and journal, all in one.
On the blog, we’re sharing a rapid-style interview with Betsy herself. Betsy shares insight into some of the fun memories and her favorite treats she indulged in while hard at work on the guides.
What was your favorite memory from creating the Wanderlust Guides?
The highlight of creating the first two Wanderlust Guide books was seeing them both come together in the end. After months of writing the manuscripts then illustrating every single drawing, I had a meeting at West Margin Press with my fabulous editor and art director (Olivia and Rachel) where we reviewed every single page layout Rachel had put together. My vision for the books had become a reality. I was ecstatic!!!
What was the biggest challenge in creating the Wanderlust Guides?
There are hidden nooks and crannies in every city, and if I had my way, I’d love to uncover and explore them all! I think the hardest part of creating the Wanderlust Guides is narrowing down all the millions of imaginative adventures one could have when exploring these unique and interesting cities!
What's your best piece of advice on traveling with friends or family?
My top two pieces of travel advice is first, don’t try to see everything. Second, allow for downtime! Rushing around from landmark to landmark is the worst way to explore a city. When we travel as a family, we typically don’t choose landmarks to see, but pick neighborhoods to explore. I’m also a firm believer that we can always come back if we don’t see all that we want; whether we do or not. Not to be overlooked when traveling, we always incorporate down time. I personally love to spend time in the afternoon sketching in my journal, my daughter edits her photos, my son usually plays a game or two and my husband naps. It’s a win win for all!
What's the best thing you ate while visiting Seattle?
Rainier cherries where in season when we visited Pike Place Market We bought a bag of them and ate them while we walked around the market and down along the waterfront. They were juicy and delicious!
What's your favorite spot for a treat in SF?
It’s definitely a toss up— there are too many to choose from… but I do love grabbing a good old fashioned ice cream cone at the original Swensen’s Ice Cream Parlor on Hyde at Union Street. It’s just a small shop, with a bar to stand at and eat your cone at while you watch the cable cars climb Hyde Street hill! It can’t get more San Franciscan than that!
What's on your nightstand right now?
Where is one place you're dying to go to when the world is safe to adventure?
I won’t lie, I have a huge case of wanderlust, so I am pretty much excited to go anywhere. One place that is bubbling to the top is Jordan. I can’t wait to one day explore the souks (markets) of Amman, ponder (and sketch) the archaeological city of Petra, sleep overnight in Mars-like Wadi Rum and float in the Dead Sea!
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