Cara Alwill Leyba on the Power of Getting Lost

Cara Alwill Leyba is a life coach and author of nine books, including Girl Code, the best-selling book on female entrepreneurship and empowerment.

✔️Success Coach  ✔️Travels for conferences  ✔️Best-selling author

Cara always travels with a notebook.

“I always need a notebook or a journal to capture ideas. A Moleskine with blank pages or dots is perfect so that, for example, if I want to write something really huge that I want to remember I can. And my notebook’s always in my carry-on because when I’m in the clouds, I feel like everything just comes to me.” 

A trip to Tokyo changed her life.

“Five years ago, I found myself looking to make a big work change. After a few (well, maybe more than a few) glasses of champagne and a pep talk from my brother, he had booked me a ticket to Tokyo to join him during his month-long trip to Japan. I hated flying and didn’t speak a word of Japanese, but once I got to Tokyo I realized it was exactly needed. By being outside of my physical environment—and outside my comfort zone—I recognized the routines I was living and how much more was out there. When I got home I handed in my notice to my boss and started working for myself, and the rest is history.”

Woman with pink hair, a laptop, and a glass of wine

If you’re going somewhere for the first time, she has some advice.

“Don’t do too much research. Let yourself explore and find new things that you might not discover in a guidebook. Walk around. Get lost. Find a new restaurant to pop into that no other tourist has stepped foot in. Try to let go of your preconceived notions about that place and let yourself be surprised.”

But the best part of taking a trip for her? Coming home.

“The best part of leaving New York is coming back. Seriously. There’s nothing like flying over the buildings, having the pilot tell you to look out the window to take in the sights, it’s my favorite. That said, I do appreciate taking a break from the intense energy of New York and switching things up a bit to take in everything else going on out in the world.”

You can follow Cara's adventures on Instagram.


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