Hi, welcome- thanks for taking time to stop by!

Maple Leopard is a blog based in the Seattle area, specializing in travel stories & guides, and destination style tips.  It is also a community to share inspiration. I'm passionate about traveling as often as possible, and love to share suggestions for making the most of a destination.

 The goal is to empower women in the "middle years" to experience all life has to offer by traveling often. Destination style tips are included for city, beach and cruise ship travel.

I work with travel brands and tourism boards, to encourage fun and unique adventures.  Maple Leopard reaches travelers all over the world.  I started blogging  in 2014 to share stories that inspire others to live their best life!

Who Is the girl behind the blog?

Valerie is a professional travel writer and author of Maple Leopard.  Over the past 4 years, she's been published in over 30+ websites, blogs, and magazines; and has traveled extensively in North America.

Travel is my main squeeze . I'm always planning the next adventure and researching destinations. I like to learn as much as possible about the places I visit, so I can share the best tips for travel with my followers.

 My idea of the perfect getaway is lounging on the beach in a tropical place. Currently my travel guides feature mostly destinations from the western parts of the U.S and Canada. I hope to visit the east coast- and travel abroad soon.

 My favorite vacation spots are Oahu Hi, Las Vegas, San Francisco, Southern CA, and the Canadian Rockies.  Last but not least, I love to explore and share this beautiful Pacific Northwest, I call home.

Other fun facts:

I adore  animals, especially cats! I studied music in college, so I love to sing and play piano. Healthy living and the outdoors are also what I enjoy. I believe a smile can always make someone's day better.  I'm thankful for God's grace and my family.

Whether you’re a new follower or have been reading my blog from the beginning, thank you so much for supporting Maple Leopard. I hope this is a spot where you can find inspiration and even a few laughs along the way. I value each visit, comment, and kind word.

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  1. Hey Valerie, great to see your blog. Love it! Look forward to reading more! Cheers, Nicole (Mint Mocha Musings) :)

  2. HI Nicole..so nice to connect with you, thanks for stopping by!

  3. Kind of loving your blog, hope you can continue to post new articles, haha