Artist Moving: New Website Coming Soon!

by Rachel Staggs
( February 1st, 2016 )

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After working with Wanderlust and Lipstick for four and a half years, I’m creating my own space online to share my artistic perspective on traveling!

Keep in touch to experience the same type of content I’ve shared here, with the addition of video and music!

I will be rebuilding my personal site, Rachel Staggs, while I create a new website, Artist Wandering. (See what I did there?)

Artist Wandering will be up in the next month, so make sure you know when it goes live by joining my email list (below).

Connect with me on social media!







Snapchat (artistwandering)

I’ve enjoyed my time with Wanderlust and Lipstick and look forward to the future!

May your journey be your muse,

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Photo of the Day: Hôtel de Glace – Québec, Canada

by Rachel Staggs
( December 31st, 2015 )

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Over the past 15 months, I have visited the province of Quebec four times, exploring Montreal, Quebec City, and the countryside surrounding Saguenay. I have fallen in love with the people, the culture, and the Quebecois perspective on life.

As a tenth generation Texan and someone who has lived in Texas my entire life, visiting Quebec in February was both otherworldly and thrilling.

When Yahoo and Yahoo Travel recently featured this photo (above) on their Instagram accounts (no one told/asked me, but at least they tagged me), I thought it was worth revisiting.

Touring Hôtel de Glace, just a 10 minute drive from Quebec City, was one of the warmest places I spent time while visiting in February! It is always between 23℉ and 26℉ inside and the thick snow walls keep it well insulated.

For the more adventurous, you can spend the night, or even have your wedding in the chapel.

It opens in just a few days! January 4th – March 28th will be its run in 2016.

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As a bonus, here I am with my friend Ann, enjoying a cocktail served in a block of ice. We were sitting by the fire, but it was more of a visual trick to keep ourselves warm. The fire only emits the heat of four candles! Eventually Ann and I danced around the room, which had club music playing, to keep ourselves warm.

Visiting Hôtel de Glace, whether it be for an overnight or just a drink at the bar, is truly a unique experience. I’ll never forget it!

As 2015 draws to a close, I’m proud of myself for stepping way out of my comfort zone and taking the leap into Winter in Quebec! I hope 2016 brings more exceptional adventures for us all. Cheers!

May your journey be your muse,

Travel with me on Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat (user: artistwandering)

Related posts:

Where to Eat in Québec City Right Now!

Photo Essay: Winter in Québec City on 35mm Film

Some or all of this experience was sponsored which may include travel and other costs. All opinions are my own.

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Photo of the Day: Valladolid, Yucatan, Mexico

by Rachel Staggs
( December 2nd, 2015 )

After years of returning to Isla Mujeres, I decided it was time to explore another part of Mexico. Flying into Cancun is the quickest way for those of us who live in Austin, Texas to explore Quintana Roo or Yucatan, Mexico.

Luckily, one of the owners of Casa el Pio boutique hotel on Isla Mujeres ventured to Valladolid, Yucatan on her own and it piqued my interest.

Cathedral of San Gervacio Valladolid

Valladolid is just under a two hour drive from the Cancun airport. Its colonial-era architecture is breathtaking and something I hadn’t seen since I visited Guanajuato in 1997. The freshwater cenotes and nearby Mayan ruins add to the unique experience.

I look forward to sharing detailed information about our four night visit, but for now, please enjoy the stunning Cathedral of San Gervasio.

May your journey be your muse,

Follow along on Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat (search for artistwandering)!



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