“It’s that thing of following your bliss or just finding what it is that makes you really pleased in a day. And then how to make that fit in the world.” ~ Harriet Baskas
You’ll hear in our conversation a list of Harriet’s accomplishments but, in short, you should know that Harriet is a successful travel writer who has consistently written for a number of publications—and that’s both on and offline—for many years. In addition to writing more traditional travel stories, she’s carved out a niche for herself in an area of interest that one might call a little bit quirky.
In her quiet, unassuming way, she’s held steadfast in her career by following what she loves, she calls it following her bliss.
As I think about the conversations I’ve had with women for this podcast, there’s definitely a recurring theme. These women are bucking trends. Whether what they do is unusual for a woman or it’s an unusual path, period, what they’re doing is following their heart.
Harriet is no different.
In this conversation, which was recorded late last year, we spoke about many things including why she doesn’t think getting into travel writing is a good career path for people now, what a typical day is like for her as a travel writer and book author, and what the most bold thing is that she’s done. You’ll also hear us reference Debbie Reynolds as she had just passed away when we recorded this.
Harriet and I met probably eight or so years ago in Seattle at a travel event. I’ve gotten to know her in that time and a few things stand out to me about Harriet. She IS endlessly curious. She’s used to being the one asking questions so I really appreciated her being in the passenger seat this time around.
But whenever I see her, whether it’s one on one or in a group situation, she has so many questions and is so interested in other people and things around her. I love that about Harriet and have really tried to adopt some of that curiosity in my own life. It means listening more and paying close attention to details. Something that in our ever-increasing world of distraction has become more difficult. But also more important.
I hope you’ll leave this conversation thinking about how you might be more curious about the world around you and, especially, think of Harriet next time you’re stuck at the airport.
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Mentioned in this episode
- At the Airport on USA Today
- Grab (app)
- Hidden Treasures: What Museums Can’t or Won’t Show You
- Washington Curiosities: Quirky Characters, Roadside Oddities and Other Offbeat Stuff
- Washington Icons: 50 Classic Views of the Evergreen State
- Oregon Curiosities: Quirky Characters, Roadside Oddities and Other Offbeat Stuff
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