Blogger Leigh Caldwell

Introducing another new blogger at Gadling, Leigh Caldwell. . .

Where was your photo taken: Bear Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado. I took my Florida-born daughter hiking here to see snow for the first time.

Where do you live now: Orlando(-ish)

Scariest airline flown: Air South, a limping, discount carrier that offered $19.99 fares on an aging 727 between St. Petersburg, Fla., and Fort Lauderdale in the mid-90s. I boarded an Air South flight one morning after encountering the same woman checking my bag at the counter and taking my boarding pass at the gate. As I was fastening my seatbelt, she boarded the plane and took her seat – in the cockpit.

Most remote corner of the globe visited: Does that Illinois corn field I accidentally drove the driver’s ed car through in high school count?

Favorite guidebook series: I’m much more likely to surf travel blogs and ask locals for destination advice, but I am an admirer of the Rough Guides. Overall, I think they better acquaint you with the culture of a place than some of the other series.Favorite foreign dish? Restaurant? Banks beer. Flying fish cutter. Any random rum shack in Barbados.

Favorite tourist trap? Walt Disney World. Say what you want, I remain unapologetic.

Where do you hide your emergency cash? If I told you, I would have to. . . change where I hide my emergency cash.

When I’m not writing for Gadling, I’m. . . donning a hard hat to oversee the operations for some coal recovery and reclamation projects at abandoned coal mines in the Midwest. Seriously.

Favorite city/country/place: My favorite place is anywhere I’m able to shut off my brain for a few minutes and breathe. Travel does that for me in a way home never will. I can find my heaven perched on a stool in the aforementioned Bajan rum shack, people-watching in Washington Square Park on a warm spring day in New York City, or surrounded by soybeans driving the country roads of Western Kentucky.