Thinking of traveling to Atlanta soon? Meet Paige Watts, author of What’s With Atlanta?: The Quirks, Personality, and Charm of the ATL, a travel guide to some of the most unique aspects of Atlanta, Georgia. Paige is one of the women authors listed in Wanderful’s women-owned travel database!

If you’ve ever wondered why Atlanta has many streets named Peachtree, or what ITP and OTP mean, or how the Braves baseball team got to ATL, look no further. All of these questions and more are answered in this quirky travel guide!

We caught up with Paige to learn more about her book and what travelers can take away from it.

Why did you write this book?

Paige Watts of What's With Atlanta? guide book
Author Paige Watts stands with a copy of What’s With Atlanta? The Quirks, Personality, and Charm of the ATL. Photo courtesy of Paige Watts.

I started my travel blog, PaigeMindsTheGap.com, when I studied abroad for the first time in 2013. Back then, it was just a travel diary for my family to keep up with me while I was abroad. But when I came back home, I kept it up, and gradually turned it into an actual business.

In 2016, I moved to Atlanta and started focusing heavily on Atlanta and Southern destinations. I’ve had all these fun facts stored away that never made it into a blog post because they just didn’t quite fit the content, so writing a book was my way of getting these tidbits out of my head and into others’!


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Tell us about your book. What makes it unique?

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What’s With Atlanta? The Quirks, Personality, and Charm of the ATL by Paige Watts. Photo courtesy of Paige Watts.

The book covers transportation, with topics like Atlanta’s notoriously bad traffic and its Peachtree streets. There’s a section on one-of-a-kind Atlanta treasures that covers the big attractions like the Georgia Aquarium and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Historical Park.

It covers festivals and events from Music Midtown to the Peachtree Road Race, touches on the weather, Atlanta’s architecture, acceptable nicknames, and famous foods and restaurants. There’s a section for sports with plenty about the Braves. And it covers important historical events from the Civil War to the Civil Rights Movement to the Olympics, and famous Atlanta people from MLK to Margaret Mitchell to Tyler Perry.

I think it’s unique because, unlike other history-focused books, What’s With Atlanta? doesn’t get too fact-heavy. All the facts are there, but it’s a quick and easy read, the sections are short and digestible, and you’re not overwhelmed with information. But you’ll still learn something new about Atlanta! And unlike a regular travel guide, you’re getting more than just the highlights; you’re getting some weird, obscure things as well, plus some history that you maybe didn’t know before.


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What have readers said about your book? What has it been like for them to use your book?

A lot of my readers are Atlanta natives, or they used to live in Atlanta, and they love using the book to reminisce because they grew up with a lot of the history I talk about. It’s been really fun doing presentations where we play Atlanta Bingo and Atlanta Trivia and people get to sharing their own stories about Atlanta.

I’ve also had great feedback that the book’s sections are the perfect length and amount of information. I’ve been told that it’s perfect for reading a section or two before bed and not being overwhelmed by information, but still learning something new. And a few natives who expected to know everything have told me that they actually did learn something new! So that’s always great to hear.


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What’s one of your most favorite success stories?

I sold out an entire bookstore’s stock of my books during one signing! It started out pretty slow, and I wasn’t sure there was going to be a lot of interest. But then these three women came in because they’d seen the event in the store’s newsletter, but they thought it was a presentation and not just a signing. Luckily, I had my Atlanta Bingo cards on hand, so I whipped those out, the bookstore brought out some chairs for the women, and they gathered around. We got to talk and play my bingo game, and we all learned a little about Atlanta from each other. They walked away with handfuls of books for themselves and their friends, and they helped bring some attention over to my table, so I was able to sell out all the rest of the store’s books.

What do you wish more women in travel knew?

Women are some of your biggest supporters, lean in to them. In communities like Wanderful, you can really see that in action. If you’re worried about traveling solo, want to know more about a certain destination, or are experiencing an issue abroad, there are so many women who are travel experts who are excited to help you. Don’t be afraid to ask and connect with other travel ladies.

Women are some of your biggest supporters, lean in to them.

Paige Watts

What advice do you have for other women writers?

Connect with other like-minded women who can support you, and don’t be afraid to ask them for help and advice. Wanderful is a great place to find that community, especially with all the travel bloggers and content creators who are members!

How can Wanderful travelers get more involved in your work?

If you’re ever in Atlanta, I’d love to meet you at an event! Plus, you’d get to check out a cool local bookstore in the process.

If you read the book, I’d love for you to leave a review on Amazon or Goodreads. This helps get the book in front of more people who are looking to learn about Atlanta.

And if you have friends or family who are visiting Atlanta or live in Atlanta, you can recommend the book to them or give the book as a gift!

What to do next

    Get your copy of What’s With Atlanta? from Reedy press here or get more tips and inspiration from Paige at PaigeMindsTheGap.com. You can also follow Paige on Instagram and Facebook and keep up with her book events on her What’s With Atlanta Facebook page.