Hi there, thanks for taking time to stop by!

Maple Leopard is a blog  based in Seattle WA, 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 - on a budget.  I hope to inspire women  at midlife to experience "life" by traveling more, even when time is short.

Many travel articles featured here: also include style tips to encourage women to feel confident, fashionable and match their clothes to the desination being visited.

I work with travel brands and tourism borads 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?

I 'm Val, originally from Vancouver, B.C. Canada. The Seattle area has been my home for many years  I'm a reading teacher by day, and a blogger by night.

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 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.

I would be thrilled if you join me on Twitter, Facebook,  Instagram, or Pinterest. I love to connect and share with others there as well!


  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