Space Tourism? If you don’t know what that is, Valerie Stimac is here to tell you!
Valerie is the creator of the successful travel blog Valerie & Valise, which has helped her springboard into a number of other gigs within the travel writing industry; she’s a long-time contributor to Lonely Planet, and the Managing Editor for Go Overseas. Most recently, she launched the Space Tourism Guide, an out-of-this-world resource for astro tourism and the emerging idea of commercial space travel.
And yes, this episode has a couple of space puns…
Valerie met up with us in Oakland, CA at Drake’s Dealership – a car dealership-turned-brewpub – to discuss her career in travel writing, give us a crash course on space tourism, and share some actionable tips on how you too can jump into travel blogging. Tune in, because this episode is stellar! (Sorry…)
Drake’s Dealership – Oakland, CA
While Drake’s Brewing is located down in San Leandro, their Oakland taproom is a converted car dealership that is much more stylish. They’ve got a long list of brews in both locations, and a massive patio in Oakland to enjoy when it’s not raining…unlike during our interview.
Resources for When You’re Sober:
Valerie & Valise – Valerie’s primary travel website, featuring colorful travel stories from around the globe. You can also access the articles she’s written for other travel websites here, including Travel & Leisure and Lonely Planet.
Space Tourism Guide – Valerie’s new site dedicated to astro tourism. Be sure to utilize this as your primary guide to the emerging idea of commercial space travel.
Go Overseas – While I’d love to tell you about them here, click the link to head on back to Episode 8 where we interviewed their co-founder Tucker Hutchinson.
Connect/Drink with Valerie:
Visit Drake’s Dealership:
Drake’s Dealership is located at 2325 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612. Taproom hours are Monday through Wednesday 11:30am to 11pm, Thursday and Friday 11:30am to 12am, Saturdays 10am to 12am, and Sundays 10am to 11pm.
Tortuga Backpacks are the makers of boutique travel backpacks that are perfect for any trip: functional enough for backpacking around Europe, classy enough for business. The Tortuga Outbreaker is my go-to back for all of my travels. It’s the max size luggage for the overhead bin so that I never need to check a bag (unless of course I’m traveling with beer!). You can hear more about their story from Co-Founder Fred Perrotta way back in Episode 2.
We have a theme song now! Specially thanks to my brother in podcasting Tom Kelly for putting this together. What do you think of the tune? Let us know in the comments below!