Sarah Lempa

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Traveler, writer, multiple hat-wearer // Seeker's Social Media Manager. Hi friends! I'm Sarah from the US. My travels have taken me to six continents (hoping to get to Antarctica one of these days). When I'm not traveling, you can probably find me cooking something inventive, fiddling with a random photography idea, researching my next destination, or riding a motorcycle.

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  • If these cafés in Minneapolis were people, I'd be friends with them I have such an affinity for Minneapolis' café scene, probably cuz I spent a crazy amount of time working / studying from them in my college days. I absolutely loved hanging out at these spots in all 4 seasons and I can't wait to visit again!
  • Pretend you're in Vietnam... in Minneapolis There's actually a massive selection of incredible Vietnamese food across the Twin Cities — and I can't say the pho is *exactly* the same as the real deal, but it's still pretty damn delicious. Try these spots.
  • Forget about your phone at these eco-retreats in Bali Jungle hideaways and mountainside glamping are, in my humble opinion, some of the best ways to unplug. I need to visit more of these! I'm perpetually online for work and keeping in touch with folks 'round the globe, and though I love it, it can be a bit much.
  • The absolute best summer hangs in the USA from coast to coast Since I grew up in the icy tundra of the midwest, summer has always been a really important season that I feel the need to make the most of. I'm talkin' lobster dinners on the east coast and road trips around the PNW -levels of "make the most of it". Hoping to hit a few of these next time I go back!
  • The best cities for singles who are ready to mingle Feelin' flirty yet? Not only are these cities home to bustling social scenes, they're also filled with sexy people. Cheers to that.
  • Places to get fancy on my birthday in Bali 🎂 My birthday is on March 27th, and I have high hopes that it’ll be much better than last year’s quarantine celebration. There are so many restaurants in Bali that I want to try so let’s just start here and see where we end up...
  • Massive skyscrapers that are both awesome and kinda intimidating From my hometown faves to futuristic looking cities I haven't visited yet, these structures kinda intimidate me, but I really find 'em fascinating.
  • If you're gonna get boozy, do it at one of these places It's not always St. Patrick's Day, but it's always 5 o'clock somewhere... 🍺
  • You'll be surprised that these Mexican restaurants in Bali are actually quite delicious Mexican food is one of my absolute, all-time favorites. Give me a bucket of guac and some chips and I'll stay happily quiet for a while. This has been a struggle living on the other side of the world, but these restaurants here in Bali actually have some quality eats (although, of course, not always authentic) . It's burrito time, fam.
  • Romantic places that I will definitely drag my (eventual) husband to I'm not trying to get married anytime soon, but you can sure as hell bet that when I do I'm gonna take my lover to these romantic places. That said, I've already visited some hella romantic places as a single woman and have had a blast... So consider it a now AND later bucket list. ;)
  • Places across the USA that are near and dear to my heart I haven't been back to the US in over a year, and while I've been loving my time away, I get a pang of nostalgia here and there. I'm hoping to come back for a visit when the weather is nice — and I know I have to go to at least a few of these all time favorite places.
  • If you go to Australia without visiting these places, I'll be disappointed in you I lived for Australia for 6ish months (although it feels like a lot more) — flying in and out of the country and calling both Cairns and Melbourne home. I can't say I wrestled any crocodiles, but I DID find some freakin' incredible places that will be dear to my heart forever. Pleaseeee save these you won't regret it
  • I'd go here on my honeymoon I have no idea who I'll be getting married to but I sure as hell can imagine where I'll be traveling to afterwards.
  • And then I said, I guess I'll go to Egypt! I feel like every kid dreams of seeing the pyramids. At 24 years old, I am still that kid... who now has friends to visit in Egypt.
  • Paris during the winter is a bonafide winter wonderland Okay, I certainly have nothing bad to say about Paris in the summer, but I had the chance to spend Christmas in Paris with my family back when I was a teenager and it was unbelievably dreamy. Between the illuminated Champs-Elysees and cozy little restaurants, this city is incredible under a blanket of snow. #SeekerChallenge
  • Dream places to visit before I kick the bucket Northern Lights! Cape Town vineyards! Sunrise safaris in the middle of nowhere somewhere in Tanzania! This list is constantly evolving, growing, and going crazy up in my brain all the time — seeing as I'm always discovering new places that seize my attention (and travel budget). These are a handful of places I haven't made it to yet but they're seriously on my radar for the future... Let's gooo! #seekerchallenge
  • How to experience Minneapolis like a local There's so much to love about Minneapolis — and even though I technically don't live there anymore — I definitely have plans to return for a visit. Hell, my storage unit is going to need me at some point... Anyway! Between a ton of lakes, cozy cocktail bars, and trendy eateries, there are so many off-radar places in Minneapolis that you wouldn't discover on a first visit. These are just a few of my (many) favorite places. #seekerchallenge
  • French Polynesia favorites (and a few for next time) I went to French Polynesia in 2019 and split my time between Tahiti and Mo'orea. Needless to say I was absolutely BLOWN AWAY by the beauty and culture (and also one of the only people traveling solo, lol). This list has the best places I visited between Tahiti & Mo'orea and also a few other islands I heard about from other folks. I'm so down to go back, maybe with a husband next time.
  • Places I wanna go in Indonesia (outside of Bali) I live in Bali, and honestly, it's pretty hard to leave the island when things are as good as they are here. There's a ton to see around Indonesia though and I'm eager to plan some more "out there" trips.
  • Best places to visit in the lovely state of New Mexico I lived in New Mexico for 2 years when I was a kid. It’s a weird place, and I say that with a completely endearing tone. The nature is unreal for starters, and then you get authentic Mexican food and tons of art galleries and well, to this day I’m sold. Cheers to the American Southwest!!
  • Best places to check out around Canggu Canggu is popular among expats, surfers, digital nomads, yogis, and beach-seeking vacationers. It's a super fun area of Bali where foreigners and locals alike enjoy the vibrant energy — and you'll probably end up staying longer than you expected. Hell, I was supposed to come here for one month and it has been ten. These are a few places you should definitely check out if you're in town!
  • Bali: Best beaches around the island I've been living here for almost 10 months (!!) which is crazy to me — and I've had a lot of time to explore the various beaches that this island is so well-known for. My favorites are definitely down in Uluwatu, but there are plenty of unique finds across the island. It just depends what you're into. Between water sports, lounging, day cocktails, or marine life — there's plenty of options for every preference.
  • Bali: Best waterfalls around the island Once you head up north to the mountainous region of Bali — prep yourself to chase tons of waterfalls because this area is full of 'em!!
  • Minneapolis: Best cocktail bars in town Speakeasy lounges and bustling basement bars are just the start of Minneapolis' underrated (and incredible) cocktail scene. These are my faves, and they might be spendy, but you'll regret nothing once you see and taste the drinks these bartenders are slinging. Much love to my service industry family in MPLS!
  • Indonesia: Mountain hike bucket list I've gotten to climb a few of these, others are on my bucket list for the near future.
  • Melbourne: Best weekend getaways Melbourne can be a bit hectic (although you'll never be bored). My favorite part about living in Melbourne was the nearby nature—these places will keep me returning for years to come.
  • Minneapolis: Best spots for a picnic Minneapolis might be a fairly large city, but it's oh-so easy to find green spaces to enjoy some leisure time (and a cheese plate or ten).
  • Paris: Best green spaces to hang out at Paris is pretty hectic and sprawling, but surprisingly, there are so many chill spots to read a book or have a picnic in the grass.
  • French Polynesia: Ridiculously dreamy places to visit It's not just for honeymooners, folks.
  • Paris: Best cafés and restaurants for atmosphere I'm a sucker for the occasional fancy restaurant (especially when it has a view of the Eiffel Tower...ehm) but this list incorporates a wide range of places—not just the fancy ones. They're each special to me in their own way!
  • Copenhagen: Best places to have a picnic Copenhagen's weather may be tricky, but I absolutely love going to the grocery store (Netto or equivalent) and getting some snacks to eat outdoors. I frequented these places so much when I lived there!
  • Peru: Most stunning sights across the country Mountains, deserts, cities, jungles -- Peru has every type of landscape and I actually couldn't believe the diversity when I was there?! You have to see them all seriously
  • Marrakech: must see spots I spent 2 weeks in and around Marrakech in 2019. Between the bustling souks and the incredible architecture, the entire city feels like a museum.
  • Vietnam: Motorbike trip stopping points from North to South In 2018, I rode a motorbike from Hanoi to Saigon. Long story short, it was f%*$ng awesome, and I'd do it all over again. These are the places I stopped, plus a few more I wish I could have made it to.
  • Amsterdam: must see spots Parks, museums, cafés, historical spots — Amsterdam feels like a second home to me after visiting several times over the years. I love it :) A lot of these are the classes must see's, but I threw in a few of my lesser known faves too.
  • Ho Chi Minh City: must see spots I spent about 3 weeks in Ho Chi Minh City (or Saigon as some call it) after a massive motorbike trip down the entire country.
  • Bali: Must-see temples around the island TBD

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