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Leah Davis

Meet the intrepid traveler who doesn’t believe in being tied to any one location

Before launching her blog, The Sweetest Way, Leah spent two years living, working and traveling in Southeast Asia where she was an English teacher. She quickly realized that a 9-to-5 job wasn’t for her, but it wasn’t until a chance encounter with a travel blogger while backpacking that she discovered it was possible to make a living while seeing the world at the same time. “I knew then that I wanted to create a lifestyle that allowed for regular travel instead of working for someone else and praying for vacation days. That same year, I started my own travel blog,” she says.

Leah continued to work various location-independent jobs on a freelance basis while she grew her blog into a business. Fast-forward four years later, and Leah is now a full-time blogger. The Sweetest Way offers fellow travel lovers advice on how to become location independent and work wherever there’s WiFi (a cup of strong coffee and a great view doesn’t hurt either). “My writing also focuses heavily on the personal transformation achieved through travel, mindfulness and self-inquiry—I like to think of it as a one stop shop for living your best life,” she explains.

On her perfect day in her current hometown of Leavenworth, Washington. “I start with breakfast and a cup of joe at family-owned health eatery Good Mood Food, before heading into the Cascade mountains for a day hike and a picnic. After all that exercise, I round out the evening with a trip to a local vineyard to relax. Icicle Ridge Winery is a personal favorite for its fairy-tale setting and awesome selection—not everyone knows that Washington is a wine region, but our wines rival the best in the world!”

On the best advice she’s ever received. “Creativity is like a muscle—the more you use it, the stronger it gets. I can’t remember where I first heard this idea, but it has really stuck with me. As a content creator, I have seen firsthand the effects of taking short breaks from creating, and it’s not pretty. These days, I make sure to do something creative every single day, whether it’s writing, shooting photos or something fun like painting with watercolors.”

On how to feel like a million bucks even after traveling. “In order for me to be at my very best, my day has to start with movement of some sort. In the warmer months, I go for short jogs around the neighborhood. In the cooler months, I get on my yoga mat, even if it's just for ten minutes. This holds true, no matter where I am. When I start my day with exercise, I have more energy, focus and mental clarity—all of which are absolutely necessary when you work for yourself.”

On her go-to Instagram filter. “I use Lightroom for all of my photo editing because it gives me the creative control I want without feeling overwhelming. I can also create my own presets, which helps make future editing projects much quicker and gives my Instagram feed a cohesive look.”