About lesleycarter

Traveling and extremes have encompassed my life for 30 years; from white-water rafting, skydiving, paragliding, bungee jumping, rock climbing, caving, swimming with dolphins, swimming with beluga whales, and base jumping, I've tried every "bucketlist" adventure I could imagine. My wedding day in Jamaica even included a little bit of rock climbing followed by a trapeze act in my gown. I've been to 34 countries and I envision 100 more!

Celebrating One Year in Southern California

segerstrom center for the arts

It’s been a year since we moved back to California. Our anniversary is this month. We could have chosen anywhere in the world to live and southern California was our first choice. We’re often asked if we’ll ever return home, to eastern Canada, but our answer is consistently the same – this is our home now. SoCal has so much to offer. Its beauty is undeniable and the opportunities are even more prevalent. I love to travel and it will always be as much a part of me as family and friends but it’s never discouraging to return home. As an anniversary celebration to California, I attended The American Ballet Theatre’s world premiere of The Sleeping Beauty. The world is at our doorstep in California; living in Orange County is like awaking from a long sleep and opening my eyes to a handsome dream prince and a castle of possibilities. Continue reading

Mauritius is a Sea of New Colors

Boats in Mauritius

Mauritius is filled with a multitude of color. It’s diversity, uniqueness, pristine beaches, rich culture, and varied activities left Athena and I both wanting more. But the true draw to Mauritius for me was its new shades of color that I didn’t know existed. The ocean’s blues called my name and wrapped me like a blanket. I’ve included a few of my favorites so you could experience the beauty of the ocean in Mauritius. Which one calls your name?  Continue reading

Win a Hawk Eye II Pilotur Watch As a Thanks for Reading

At the Helm on Bark Europa

My greatest travel adventure yet was sailing for 22 days to Antarctica as part of the crew on Bark Europa. I don’t imagine any traveling adventure will ever be greater, although I will continue to try and match it. The trip was made possible by three fantastic sponsors including Bark Europa, Whitecaps Marine Outfitters, and Pilotur. As a thank you for reading and following along, I’d like to give you a change to win your own Hawk Eye II Pilotur watch. You can read all about the fantastic features hereContinue reading

Life is a Celebration at Constance Le Prince Maurice

Constance Le Prince Maurice

Five star luxury resorts don’t have to be for adults only. At almost three years old, Athena is a girly, girl. She loves to dress up and get her hair done. Regardless if we’re hiking a mountain or attending a luxury event, she wants to wear a tutu or a princess dress and have her hair braided or in a ballerina bun. She loves having her nails painted and she is obsessed with shoes. She’s always up for an adventure but she likes to do it in style. Visiting a place like Constance Le Prince Maurice in Mauritius can be as much a treat for her as it is for any adult. While we were at the resort, we feasted on exceptional cuisine, slept in a dreamlike suite, played at the Constance Kid’s Club, splashed in the infinity pool, and pampered ourselves at the spa. Le Prince Maurice made us feel like we were at a celebration of life and wellness every day of the week.  Continue reading

Our Curious Day in Mauritius

Seven Coloured Earth

Yesterday was one of the most bizarre days of all my travels. Athena and I hung from a ceiling, she became a giant, we walked on multi-colored earth, we rode giant tortoises, and Athena held a crocodile. And the funny part of it all is I’m not making this stuff up or exaggerating. Mauritius is a curious place.    Continue reading

A Photo Tour of Constance Belle Mare Plage in Mauritius

Constnace Belle Mare Outdoor Beds

Our two week tour of Mauritius includes two Constance Hotels. Our first stay is at Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius. I selected it because of it’s combination of luxury and family-friendly amenities. Even though my month in Antarctica was the best travel experience of my life, I needed some relaxing fun in the sun and a refresher at the spa. Here’s a look at our digs at Constance Belle Mare Plage. Continue reading

One of the Pride at Casela, Mauritius

Casela Safari

Casela Nature and Leisure Park in Mauritius is a 14 hectares park offering animal interactions and adventures for the entire family. For bold adventure lovers, there are quad, buggy and segway tours, the longest zip line circuit in the Indian Ocean including hanging bridges, hidden waterfalls of up to 20m in height, and Canyoning. For a tamer adventure, there is a safari, a playground, a petting farm, fishing, and an aviary. We were able to get up close and personal with several animals including zebras, ostrich, birds, deer, rabbits, giant tortoises, a lion and a bear. Yep, you read correctly – a lion and a bear. With tons of animal interaction, a timely transportation system, delicious dining with a view, and loads of trees for shade and natural beauty, Casela is an awesome place to spend the day with the whole family. Continue reading