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Adventure Is a Lifestyle

48 EpisodesProduced by Lauren GayWebsite

A black female traveler, discussing travel, adventure, and the great outdoors and tips to help you live a more adventurous life.

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Bucket List Brandy - EP. 47

March 24th, 2022


Meet adventure seeker and avid traveler Brandy Alexander. Brandy talks to us about the thrill of wing walking and we learn more about what drives this inspiring woman.

IG: @bucketlistbrandy

Bear Grylls - EP 46

March 17th, 2022

A great chat with Outdoorsy Diva and Bear Grylls, survivalist expert, author, and star of hit TV show Running Wild with Bear Grylls.  Bear is the G.O.A.T when it comes to adventure travel. We chat about his latest book, …

Get to Know the National Park Trust with Grace Lee - EP 45

May 15th, 2021


Meet the driving force behind the National Park Trust, a non-profit organization with a mission to preserve our National Parks and get kids outside to explore our parks.  Grace Lee is the executive director of NPT.

Adventures of the Superbowl Streaker: Beyond the Mankini with Yuri Andrade - EP 44

February 19th, 2021


Yuri Andrade went viral after streaking across the field during Superbowl LV. In this episode, Yuri shares firsthand more details about why he did it and we learn just how lucrative this stunt was for him. We also delve …

Planning a Baecation: Couples Travel Tips with Kim Hawk - EP 43

February 12th, 2021


Couples travel can be beautiful or it can be an epic fail. In this episode, Kim Hawk from Work Hard Travel Well, shares her 9  tips for planning a …

Empowering Black Women with Self Defense With Nicole Snell - Ep 42

February 5th, 2021


Meet Nicole Snell, a self-defense instruction leader and owner of Girls Fight Back.  Hear why Nicole is passionate about equipping women, especially …

Swimming with Manatees in Florida - EP 41

January 16th, 2021


Dive into a new fun adventure, swimming with wild manatees in Florida. Lauren shares manatees facts, how to prepare, what it's like firsthand, and why she supports this activity. 

Check out the blog post: Everything …

Shut Up and Blog - Bonus Episode 40.1

January 9th, 2021


Lauren discusses why she speaks out on race and politics as an adventure travel blogger and shares her honest thoughts on the insurrection events of …

Florida Spring Tour - EP 40

January 9th, 2021


Lauren takes us on a travel journey to some of her favorite Florida springs. Learn about the freshwater swimming holes with waters that rival the …

Day Trip to Martin County Florida - EP 39

December 18th, 2020


This episode is sponsored by Discover Martin

Martin County Florida is a hidden gem on the Atlantic Coast of Florida.  I took a day trip there to go sailing and have a private tour of the Florida Oceanographic Coastal …

Black Outdoor Spotlight With Black Girls Trekkin

November 23rd, 2020


We are chatting with the founders of the California-based hiking group, Black Girls Trekkin.  Hear how Michelle Race and Tiffany Tharpe got started in the outdoors, their perspective on diversity in the outdoor …

Venice Beach Getaway - EP 37

October 21st, 2020


Outdoorsy Diva recaps her Venice Beach, FL getaway.  Get all the details on where to stay, what to eat, and safe things to do. Also get tips on how to travel safely and smartly during the pandemic.  

This episode is …

Black Outdoor Spotlight - Mountain Mic (Part 2) - EP 36

August 7th, 2020


Listen to Part 2 of the Mountain Mic interview.  This second half of the interview we hear some of Mountain Mic's hilariously crazy hiking stories, like the time he hiked Stairway to Heaven and some of his other …

Black Outdoor Spotlight - Mountain Mic - EP35

August 4th, 2020


Mountain Mic is the Black Outdoors Spotlight guest for this week.  He's sharing how he started his outdoor and travel business and opening up on how …

Black Outdoor Spotlight - Brown Girl Outdoor World with Demiesha Dennis - EP 34

June 26th, 2020


Meet Black Outdoors Spotlight guest Demiesha Dennis, founder of Brown Girl Outdoor World in Toronto, Canada.  Hear how Demiesha got into birding, fly fishing, and how she's inspiring other Black women to give outdoor …

Black Outdoor Spotlight - Color Outside with Nailah Blades - EP 33

June 19th, 2020


Celebrating National Great Outdoors Month with Nailah Blades, founder of Color Outside where she helps women of color create unapologetic, joy-filled …

Black Outdoor Spotlight - Abundant Life Adventure Club - EP 32

June 5th, 2020


It's National Great Outdoors Month and I'm highlighting the great work of Abundant Life Adventure club, founded by Claude and Dr. Kim Walker.   We talk about how they fell in love with nature and what inspired them to …

Mental Health Awareness 2020 - EP 31

May 29th, 2020


May is Mental Health Awareness Month.  This episode I'm sharing how I'm intentional about my mental health and emotional well being by doing things on a routine basis to prevent my triggers and reduce stress.  


sound: …

Jogging While Black: Ahmaud Arbery - EP30

May 7th, 2020


This episode is dedicated to Ahmaud Arbery.  I'm discussing the implications of exploring and traveling in predominately white spaces, the inherent dangers, and the impact that tragedies like this have on black …

National Parks Week - EP 29

April 24th, 2020


In honor of National Parks Week, Let's discuss the reasons you should plan a visit to one of the National Park Sites, best resources for planning …

Lessons Learned from Tiger King for Content Creators - EP 28

April 4th, 2020


The Tiger King docuseries on Netflix offers plenty of shock and comic relief but there are actually very real lessons to be learned, especially for content creators.

You can still appreciate the lesson even if you …

That Time I Died at Disney World - EP 27

March 22nd, 2020


Lauren shares a behind the scenes never published story about the time she kinda sorta died at Disney World.   Learn what happens when you have a health crisis at Walt Disney World and how they respond.

Send questions …

Finding Joy and Fun While Practicing Social Distancing - EP 26

March 14th, 2020


The cv19 pandemic has turned 2020 on its head and we are now in uncharted territory.  With travel plans canceled, sports on pause, theme parks …

Asheville Group Trip Adventure: Behind the Scenes - EP 25

March 7th, 2020


Outdoorsy Diva hosted the first curated group trip called Mountains and Mimosas in Asheville, North Carolina.

This episode is sure to give you FOMO …

What Travelers Need to Know About Coronavirus Threat - EP 24

February 20th, 2020


Coronavirus (COVID-19) has made headlines as it spreads in China and now to other parts of the world.  As a traveler, it's important to know how to protect yourself from Coronavirus and how to protect yourself from …

Hiking Advice For Newbies and Hiking Fails - EP 23

February 14th, 2020


Lauren shares hiking advice and tips for beginner hikers.  She shares firsthand stories about her favorite hikes when traveling and some of the mistakes she has made in the past.

Get the detailed show notes with links …

Cowgirls of Color Interview - EP 22

February 6th, 2020


Cowgirls of Color is a rodeo team comprised of 5 beautiful bold black women.  On this episode, we talk to team members, KB and Leslie, about how they …

Interview with Mia Ransom Parnell - EP 21

October 25th, 2019


Mia Ransom Parnell is an avid traveler, a runner, and creator of the Mia Adventura travel blog. Mia shares how she has used her experience as a breast cancer survivor to create the life she wanted to live through …

Interview with Bisa of Myles to Travel - EP20

October 19th, 2019


Meet Bisa Myles. Bisa started the travel blog Myles to Travel to share about her adventures traveling the world and to share her perspective on what it’s like to travel as a breast cancer survivor.

After completing her …

Yellowstone National Park Adventure - EP19

October 11th, 2019


Episode 19 - Behind the adventure: My first visit to Yellowstone National Park was epic. 

Find out about my newbie mistakes and the scary wildlife encounter that almost turned me into dinner.

Get ready to plan your …

How To Add Adventure To Your Busy Life - EP18

September 27th, 2019


Episode 18 - Sharing tips with you to help you add more adventure to your already busy life.

So often I'm asked how as a busy working parent I was able to travel and explore so much.  This episode I'm sharing some of …

Fandom Travel and Why It's the "In" Travel Trend - EP 17

September 20th, 2019


Fandom Travel is a growing travel trend. This episode I'm sharing some of my favorite fandom travel locations and why you should use your fandom love …

The Baecation Experiment: Taking a Trip as the First Date - EP16

September 5th, 2019


Sharing my hilarious baecation experiment where we took a trip as the first date. This episode explores a recent popular trend in black travel that …

First Time Trip to Nudist Resort - EP15

August 30th, 2019


Episode 15 - Behind the scenes of my 1st trip to a nudist resort. 

I'm spilling all the tea about the first time I visited a nudist resort. 

  • Why did …

Camping While Black - EP14

August 23rd, 2019


On this episode we are talking about some of our experiences when camping while black. 

We are discussing the following:

  • What have been your …

Adventure Travel Made Easy With Kevin Knight of Urban Events Global - EP 13

August 15th, 2019


On Episode 13 we are joined by avid world traveler Kevin Knight, founder of the adventure travel company Urban Events Global and the online black travel resource, Black Travel Tube.

Level Up Your Adventure with Bucket List Beasts - EP12

August 13th, 2019


Sonjia "Lioness" Mackey, founder of Bucket List Beasts, joins us for Episode 12 as we highlight another black travel business you should know. 

Nature and Travel Is My Therapy - EP11

May 8th, 2019


Episode 11 is dedicated to Mental Health Month in May.  Nature and travel are tools I use as therapy and healthy ways to stay mentally healthy.

Tell …

10 Life Saving Safety Tips for Traveling Solo - EP10

April 5th, 2019


On Episode 10, I'm sharing 10 life saving safety tips for traveling solo. 

If you plan a solo adventure after listening to this episode or you want …

Why Every Woman Should Travel Solo - EP09

March 29th, 2019


On Episode 9, I'm sharing 5 reasons every woman should travel solo at least once in her life.   

Once you hear these reasons you'll be ready to book …

Finding Travel Joy with Global Family Travels EP08

March 21st, 2019


On Episode 8, we present Part 4 of the Black Travel Business Series. We speak with Kelly McCoy, of Global Family Travels, a travel company helping …

The Inside Scoop on Visiting Africa with Away to Africa E07

March 15th, 2019


Is visiting Africa on your travel wishlist? On Episode 7 we present Part 3 of the Black Travel Business Series. We speak with Tiffanie Anderson, the founder of Away to Africa, a destination management company procuring …

Why Should You Use a Travel Agent to Plan Your Next Getaway - E06

February 28th, 2019


The business of travel agents and professional travel planners is not only still alive, but it's thriving. On Episode 6 we present Part 2 of the Black Travel Business Series. We speak with Bon Voyage By Barbour about …

Volunteer Tourism With Passion Fueled - E05

February 22nd, 2019


Part 1 of the Black Travel Business Spotlight Series

There's more to travel than just doing it for the "Gram".  Special guests, Alexis and Melissa, co-founders of Passion Fueled, talk to us about a growing trend in …

Essence Festival and Planning the Ultimate Girl's Trip - E04

July 6th, 2018


Summer time is the perfect time to plan a girl's trip getaway.  
Special Guest, Joi Williams, New Orleans based event producer and experience curator, shares tips for experiencing Essence Festival and we talk about why …

Glamping 101: Camping For the Not So Outdoorsy - E03

June 22nd, 2018


Learn what glamping is and what it isn't!  Find out if this trendy style of outdoor recreation is for you. The episode will tell you they different elements of glamping, how to plan a glamping adventure, and highlight …

Becoming an Expert Carry On Traveler - E02

June 9th, 2018


Learn the secret weapon of expert packers, how to select the perfect carry on luggage, and the do's and don'ts of traveling with duty free items.

Outdoorsy Diva Podcast Launch - Introduction E01

June 9th, 2018


Introduction to Outdoorsy Diva, the world traveler, adventure seeker, and outdoor enthusiast. This is the first episode of the Outdoorsy Diva podcast where you get to know Lauren and what you can expect from this …

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