Welcome!

Hi! My name is Lia World Traveler, I’m glad you’re here!

 

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Born in New York City and raised in Upstate, NY, I currently live in Yerevan, Armenia with my husband and children. My family is my joy and purpose and keeps me focused on the things in life that matter most.

Explore With Lia

 Lia World Traveler

Born in New York City and raised in Upstate, NY, I currently live in Yerevan, Armenia with my husband and children.  My family is my joy and purpose and keeps me focused on the things in life that matter most.

A little more about me:  I am an every woman, by that I mean I love to do and am interested in a lot of things.  I am a wife, mom, sister, friend, ambitious and career focused individual, writer and aspiring author, do-it-yourself (DIY) loc’d naturalista, foodie, avid reader, movie buff, sports enthusiast, passionate about music, dance, and the arts, news junkie, advocate for the underdog/under-represented, with an incurable bug for traveling and exploring the world.

Thank you for visiting and I hope you decide to stay!

Work With Lia

 

 

 

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My work has appeared in Essence, Mindbodygreen, The Huffington Post, ILYmag, GovLoop, Madame Noire, The Foreign Service Journal, among other publications.

 

 

 

 

 

Speaking

 

 

 

 

I speak on a broad variety of topics ranging from finding careers in international affairs, career advancement and leadership, work/life balance, relationships, parenting, and many others subjects.

 

Words from Past Clients

As the Editor-in-Chief of Griots Republic, I hire nearly 120 various writers each year and as you can imagine, I also read a lot of content. You can always decipher between writers who write to simply get a check and those who are passionate about their craft. Lia, thankfully, belongs to the latter. Lia writes to inspire, to teach, and take you on a journey and we are blessed that she chose our publication to share her skills.

DAVITA MCKELVEY

Executive Director/Editor in Chief www.GriotsRepublic.com

Working with Lia was a fantastic experience for Go RVing. She’s passionate about trying out new travel experiences and conveyed that in her stories and social media posts. She provided us with everything we needed – without having to ask!

Christy Hamilton

Fire it Up, PR on behalf of Go RVing

It was truly a pleasure to have Lia as a writer for our website. She is an excellent writer with a
passion for uplifting our community via her sound relationship advice and her love for travel.

Ronnie Tyler

Cofounder BlackandMarriedwithKids.com

Lia is an amazing speaker! It was a joy having her as one of our speakers for LEARN SHIFT GROW this year. She has a way of captivating an audience and did an exceptional job of keeping our ladies engaged. Her diverse background and experience made her the perfect choice to speak with working moms who are focused on living well. Lia brought a practical approach to handling life and equipped moms with strategies that will help them reach their wellness goals. If you are looking for a dynamic speaker who can energize a room and add value to your audience, Lia would be a fantastic choice for your next event!

Vida Bratton

CEO and Blogger at Healthy Curves Rock

Lia is an experienced professional traveler. I recommend her for writing and speaking
opportunities related to travel, culture, and current events.

Arlett Hartie

Blogger, Social Media Influencer, Owner and Joy Strategist
ChasingJoy.com

Lia was an exceptionally thoughtful addition to GovLoop’s 15th round of the Featured Contributor program. She contributed consistently and provided personal and professional insights about working in the federal government. Her articles frequently attracted the most page views and shares each week and she was always ready to share thoughts on making the program even better.
It has been a sincere pleasure getting to know and work with Lia.

Francesca Ukaeliofo

Former Director of the Featured Contributors Program
GovLoop.com

Lia Miller is a dynamic and engaging speaker who will leave your audience feeling inspired. As a speaker at my “Learn Shift Grow” wellness conference for working moms, Lia shared her professional expertise, amazing insight, and personal experiences to demonstrate how women can have it all, jut not at the same time. She was able to authentically connect with so many attendees, and her positive energy contributed to an amazing event. Lia openly shared experiences that helped us all feel empowered and determined to create a life that brings us joy. I would be honored to have her speak at any future event.

Martine Foreman

Educator, Lifestyle Expert, Certified Health Coach, Speaker, Digital Influencer, Writer,and Creator of Learn Shift Grow – A Working Mom’s Wellness Event

 
Lia is a captivating and passionate writer, speaker and content creator. Through her Lia World Traveler and Peace & Purpose brands, Lia brings an important perspective and platform to global and cultural issues that represent voices of color. She is a talented media personality, children’s book author, blogger and freelance writer. For a smart, relevant and insightful take on travel, culture, parenting and more, consider having Lia lend her subject matter expertise to your publication or media outlet.

 

STACEY FERGUSON

Multicultural + Influencer Marketing Leader; Entrepreneurship Strategist; Attorney; Partnerships + Sponsorships Expert

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On Loving Better: An Expert’s Guide to More Caring Relationships

We hope this guide serves as a first step to evaluating the love and relationships in our lives, to become better at loving.Words by Lia World Traveler. Photos by BONNINSTUDIO.A lot of this year, if not most of the past two years, have been about introspection,...

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In my opinion, the Shenandoah Valley is one of the most beautiful parts of the state of Virginia and at its' heart lies the crown jewel the Shenandoah National Park (SNP). The SNP is one of 58 parks in the U.S. National Parks Services system under the Department of...

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Glamorous camping, otherwise known to the regulars as "glamping," is a fun alternative for all you outdoor enthusiasts who have long graduated from your Girl and Boy Scouts days, but still crave an experience where you can comfortably be one with nature. What most...

Glamping 101: Having fun with friends and the fam road-tripping in an RV

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Bolivia is a country steeped in tradition, rich in cultural heritage, mysticism, and known for throwing a good party, ranging in themes from the spiritual and traditional to the more uninhabited and westernized. One of the things that makes Bolivia so special is the...

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Have you ever met someone who is living the life you want to live and who really isn’t all that different from you, which makes you think anything is possible? I feel that way about the amazing Nathan (Nate) Fluellen of World Wide Nate fame. Nate has his own...

How to Avoid Being a CandleBlower

We are in an era where everything women do is under scrutiny; the way we look and dress, the way we parent, the life choices and decisions we make. And whether we admit it or not, we are often part of this dismantling of our fellow women and not just the ones we don’t...

How to Be a Professional For Today’s Workforce

The workplace has changed. The workforce has changed. Opportunities have changed. The employment landscape has changed. Many companies now hire foreign employment specialists to grow their business, something that wouldn't have been possible a few decades ago. But...

Book Review: Alma and How She Got Her Name

Disclaimer:  I was provided an advanced copy of this book from the author to facilitate this review.  As always, all opinions are my own. The Facts: Alma and How She Got Her Name, written and illustrated by Juana Martinez-Neal, published by Candlewick Press in China...

Book Review: This Is It

Disclaimer:  I was provided an advanced copy of this book from the author to facilitate this review.  As always, all opinions are my own. The Facts: This Is It, written and illustrated by Daria Peoples-Riley, published by Greenwillow Books an imprint of Harper Collins...

Mid-Career Malaise: How to Get it Before it Gets You

If you are like me – stuck halfway up the career ladder, far enough that you can see the light of leadership and authority to come, but not too far up that you don't still relate to the newbies – then you are what we call a "mid-level" or "mid-career" professional....

The Interagency Tango: How to Do It Right

Nobody works in a vacuum, especially when you work for the government. We may all have our specific lanes but, ultimately, we are working towards the same objectives and the same larger, overarching goals. The trick is finding a way to communicate with counterparts...

Quick Tips | Painless Travel With Kids

Before we get into the nitty-gritty, we need to address the elephant in the room which is that many people are put off by the thought of traveling with kids -- to the next town, let alone to another country. I'm here to tell you that traveling with children is worth...

UNCOMFORTABLE CONVERSATIONS: HOW TO NAVIGATE THEM

I have been privy to many conversations with colleagues at work and friends working in other sectors recently about having difficult and uncomfortable conversations with people when they say something or do something inappropriate at work. Sadly, many of my female...

Quick Tips: Painless Travel With Kids

    Before we get into the nitty-gritty, we need to address the elephant in the room which is that many people are put off by the thought of traveling with kids —- to the next town, let alone to another country. I’m here to tell you that traveling with children...

6 Ways to Sharpen Your Professional Skills

We are all professionals and we all have jobs to do, but do you ever feel like you are getting stale or that your skills "ain't what they used to be"? Do you find yourself in a professional rut or do you feel like you don't have the requisite skill set to change...

A User’s Guide for the First Time Manager

So you are in your first job and managing people for the first time. This isn't like your last internship where you organized brown bags for the other interns and didn't have any real managerial responsibility. Now you are in a management position and accountable to...

Fashion In Government: Getting Beyond Blue and Black

Government employees are known for their hard work, dedication, ethical standards, commitment to public service, non-partisanship and many other positive qualities and traits. What they aren't known for is their style and general fashion sense. In fact, over the...

DEALING WITH MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES IN THE WORKPLACE

Let me address the proverbial elephant in the room that is mental health, resilience and mindfulness and the way in which mental health is handled or not handled by employees and employers. The United States experiences more workplace violence and on the extreme end,...

MASHRAMANI FESTIVAL | GET YOUR MASH ON IN GUYANA

 If you’ve never heard of Mashramani or Guyana, then you need to put this celebration and this country on your radar especially during the carnival season. Typically, when people think of Carnival, they think of Brazil, Trinidad, Jamaica, Barbados, and other places,...

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