Misha Gillingham’s motto is fairly straightforward: “If you love life, it will love you right back.” It this lust for life that first caught our attention. Considered one of the top luxury travel bloggers, Gillingham hopes to inspire others to escape the city and explore the great outdoors.
Popular Travel Blog
Her travel blog and accompanying Instagram page, Wildluxe, is the sweet, sweet meeting point between luxury travel and the great outdoors. Sprinkle Gillingham’s sense of optimism on top and you’ll understand the appeal. Showcasing guest ranches, farm stays, lodges, safaris, and wild adventures, it offers inspiration, reviews, and information on the world’s top luxury wilderness travel experiences. Exactly the kind of inspiration we need in the days after Covid.
“I really do love every aspect of the job,” shared Gillingham in an interview with We Are Travel Girls. “The hardest part for me is lugging around all of the heavy gear all of the time. It’s a total pain. (Literally, my neck is always hurting). But worth it.”
From Pain to Passion
A cancer survivor, Gillingham understands the importance of living in the here and now. In fact, her illness is what pushed her to further explore her passions. “It made me realize how fragile and precious life really is,” she says. “It has given me a huge zest for life. Every day we are here and have the chance to live and love is a beautiful miracle!”
Where She Goes
Rather than traveling to the same big cities, seeing overrun tourist destinations, and waiting in long crowded lines, Gillingham seeks out the unique, less traveled, more intimate places around the globe. The places she chooses to feature on her blog are hand-selected and surrounded by exquisite natural landscapes which offer guests a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
But her life as a travel guru isn’t all fun and games. “I think many people have misconceptions of what it takes,” she notes. “They think its all fun and travel. It’s actually a TON of work. It’s not a 9-5 it’s a 24/7. You have to be able to turbo multitask and wear many hats.”