Guest interview – Beth Whitman of Wanderlust and Lipstick

Beth’s business focuses on providing advice and inspiration to female travellers. I met Beth through the social networking site

1 What is the aim of your business?
My businesses include a publishing company and a website. My publishing company, Globe Trek Press, just published my first book called Wanderlust and Lipstick: The Essential Guide for Women Traveling Solo andforthcoming books will be available in 2008 including an anthology of otherwomen’s travel stories. My website,, is aplace for women travelers to gather and share information about theirtravels (through a forum and blog area) as well as to get inspired to create their own dream journey.

2 What prompted you to start your own business?
I started my own businesses because I found a lack of information available for women travelers and wanted to help inspire and help women get started in their travels.

3 What has been the hardest aspect of having your own business?
Pacing myself and not working too much!

4 What is the funniest thing that has happened to you running your own
Well, less “funny” than “fun” is the fact that every day I come into contact with so many interesting and well-traveled people. I love it!

5 Is there anything you would do differently with the benefit of hindsight?
I would have quit my day job a lot sooner than I did

My comments – thanks Beth. Your last comment about wishing you had quit your day job sooner is really making my think as i still have my day job and am constantly thinking when/if I should give it up and just concentrate on my business.

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About Karen Bryan

Hello, I'm Karen Bryan, I created Europe a la Carte in 2002 to highlight the best places to visit in Europe with travel tips, photos and no fluff reviews. Iā€™m also an artist; my artworks are often inspired by my travels