Leslie Veliz

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Redondo Beach, CA
California State University - Long Beach, El Camino College
Dangerous Travel Destinations, Southern California, Underrated Destinations
  • Leslie travels multiple times a year, with her favorite destinations being Seattle, Paris, and London. 
  • She spends her free time exploring Southern California and its many beaches. 
  • She has documented her travels on her blog, "The Leslie Life," since 2019.


Before writing for Islands, Leslie wrote about domestic and international travel destinations for Explore. As a history and dark tourism enthusiast, she enjoys incorporating these facets into her articles. When she's not writing, you'll find Leslie at the beach or planning her next big trip. Her hobbies include reading and visiting historical (often creepy) sites.


Leslie has a bachelor's degree in journalism from California State University, Long Beach, and an associate degree in social sciences from El Camino College.

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