About Me / Carmen Varner // Travel Influencer, Blogging Coach, Social Media Consultant


About Me

I'm a travel blogger, digital influencer, & blogging + social media coach based in sunny San Diego, California

Why hello! I'm Carmen. :]

I'm a travel blogger, digital influencer, & blogging + social media consultant based in sunny San Diego, California. What does a blog coach do? Click here to find out more. I share thoughtful posts about travel, food, blogging, entrepreneurship, & everything that makes life the grand adventure it is.

My Blogging Background

I'm not a travel blogger. I'm not a lifestyle blogger rookie. I've been a San Diego lifestyle blogger for 8 years! It all started in 2011 with the occasional poem or short story. Now my blog is read globally with readers in 108 countries - that's just within the last 30 days! I focus on well-researched, SEO-optimized posts. 

My Career Background

I quit my full-time corporate job in 2017 to pursue my dream of blogging, coaching, & working remotely. Prior to that, I worked as a social media professional in corporate & agency offices for years before making the leap to solo entrepreneurship. I can't believe I've been self-employed for 2 years!!!

Fred, my boyfriend of 6 years, is a freelance cannabis copywriter who creates content for some pretty cool websites. He blogs occasionally too.

My Travel Background

My heart is filled with wanderlust. I've visited 22 countries & 11 U.S. states. I've worked with tourism boards throughout the US on various press trips/FAM tours. Part of being a travel influencer means traveling frequently! In 2019 I visited 5 countries - France, Spain, Portugal, Poland, & Italy. I went on a press trip to Lompoc, California. Last year I went to Germany, Spain, Mexico, & Norway.

As a blog + social media consultant, I also work with travel brands & travel influencers to manage their online presence. I always keep an eye out for good flight deals. Google Flights is my favorite way to save hundreds of dollars on a flight.

I'm currently watching Lizzie McGuire on Disney+. Let me know if you have Disney+/Hulu/Netflix recommendations! I am obsessed with drinking fresh mint tea. I'm left-handed. I dye my hair with henna. I like rainy days which is weird for a San Diego lifestyle blogger.

Now I'm working as a full-time entrepreneur, travel influencer, & blogging + social media consultant.  I work from home half the time & travel the other half. Follow me through my journey! I'm glad you're here. :]


  1. Carmen you sound like a very interesting person. I have one question for you. What was it about Lompoc, Ca that you found interesting enough to visit? My wife and me live in Santa Maria about 20 miles from Lompoc and find it interesting that out of all the places you have been that you would visit Lompoc.

    1. Hi Steve. Great question. I went to Lompoc on a press trip with Explore Lompoc. Several journalists, magazine freelancers, & writers were invited to come out & given a tour of the area. Thanks for stopping by!


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