|On a visit to the Siena Hotel in Chapel Hill, N.C.|
Please feel free to contact Leigh at HinesSightBlog@gmail.com about working together. The HinesSight Blog is a lifestyle/travel blog centered around travel and leisure and parenting. Leigh is also the founder of the #OutaboutNC social media community that focuses entirely on travel in her home state of North Carolina. Now that Leigh is a Senior Consultant with Beautycounter and a Young Living member, she also focuses on healthy living. Leigh used to cover health for the news so this is a natural transition. Leigh describes herself as a storyteller and her news background gives her a strength in feature writing. She wants to give the reader a true sense of being with her on her travels. Her focus is high-quality as opposed to quantity. She publishes on the Hines Sight Blog up to three times a week, typically twice a week. Leigh also manages LivingYoungandHealthy.com which is health and lifestyle related.
With a background in TV, Leigh is available for live interviews on the scene at hotels, events and other food, lifestyle, and travel focused content on Snapchat and YouTube.
Leigh seeks out affordable upscale/luxury travel experiences with her family and does not focus on budget travel on this blog. That doesn't mean, she never budgets, but she would rather cut the concert/entertainment budget over the lodging/travel budget.
"Even in small towns, I choose midscale to upper-midscale properties with upgraded bedding, good service, and amenities. For me, my hotel stay is just as important as the destination. It's not just about how many stars a hotel has under its name, but it's all about the ambiance, the service, the food, decor, and personality of each property. Yes, hotels do have personalities."
As founder of #outaboutnc, which is a social media community specific to travel promotion in North Carolina, contact Leigh on how you can sponsor online travel guides series like this one, sponsor guest post your destination, or have Leigh visit your area or hotel. She typically accepts few press trips due to the craziness it makes her husband so she typically brings her family along with her because it makes a better story. Her own two kids, get on Instagram when they travel with her from a kid perspective, and their work has been featured by the Ritz-Carlton brand on Instagram.
Leigh loves to focus on hotel properties as well as cuisine and destinations popular for families on the HinesSight Blog. Since Leigh is in her mid-forties with younger children for people typically at her age, she is reaching a new niche and becoming popular with grandparents over the age of 50 who have disposable incomes and want to travel with their grandchildren. Being Southern, Leigh has a strong presence in the Southeast and she has a following in Europe with the United Kingdom being her top readership after the United States and Canada. We think it may be because Leigh is an anglophile at heart and loves afternoon tea, and fine hotels. The majority of the HinesSight Blog readership is over the age of 35, all college-educated parents or grandparents, or love a good hotel. Even though, Leigh visits and writes about luxury hotels, her audience is not the one-percent of the world because she doesn't live the one-percent lifestyle. She budgets like everyone else or at least, her husbands tries to keep her on a budget.
Leigh thinks long and hard about what properties she writes about or markets, and if it is something that she thinks she could not afford as a family if vacationing as a paying customer then it may not be a good fit. However, Leigh's philosophy is all about experience and finding luxury for less. Leigh believes the experience behind a luxury hotel is what makes that splurge worth it.
As a writer for Skimbaco Lifestyle, she focuses on hotel reviews, spa reviews, city guides, travel guides and restaurant.reviews. As a writer for Examiner.com, "best of" or travel news stories/features around a destination, seem to fit the website best. Leigh has a very engaged Instagram community and Facebook community.
|Jefferson Hotel Afternoon Tea in Richmond|
|Southern Pig Pickin cake|
|You're likely to find Leigh in a coffee cafe on many of her travels|
"I might eat in a five-star restaurant for one meal, and BBQ and banana pudding for another meal. I may be at the theater one night, and watching NCAA sports in a sports bar with a burger the next night. I believe quick weekend trips to small towns or cities are when families can have the most fun. You may not always find me staying in a luxury hotel by definition, but you will not find me checking into an economy hotel either."
|Old Edwards Inn and Spa in Highlands, N.C.|
Contact Leigh to find out how we can inform others about your travel destination, hotel, restaurant or brand together.
A media kit can be sent on request.
|Walt Disney World during the holidays|
Leigh is active on social media. It is her preference to be very authentic on social media accounts.
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Leigh Powell Hines on Google+
@Outaboutnc on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
Freelance Writing for Websites and Magazines
Leigh is available for freelance writing opportunities. She is available to write travel stories in either first or third person for your publication. Leigh also covers travel for Examiner.com, when she finds the time.
Examples of work:
Skimbaco Lifestyle, Issue 1
Parenting Column on Triangle Mom2Mom
Travel Insight Column on Skimbaco Lifestyle
Visit Raleigh Blog
Giveaways on the HinesSight Blog
On occasion, Leigh will offer a giveaway on the HinesSight Blog and is open to this opportunity for her readers, especially in travel. You may contact her to talk more about this opportunity.
|Family spa time at the Primland Resort in Virginia|
|Enjoying ice cream at Beaches Soda Shop at Walt Disney World|
|Enjoying the Ritz-Carlton in Charlotte, N.C.|
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