Travel Influencer Lee MacMillan Dead at Age 28

by Halle Ames

Canadian travel influencer Lee MacMillan, known for traveling the world in her van, was found dead on Friday night by suicide.

MacMillan has traveled the world, documenting her travels for her nearly 70,000 Instagram followers. She was only 28 years old.

According to Fox News affiliate KEYT, MacMillan was found dead on Friday, March 26, in Santa Barbara, California.

Lee MacMillan left her home without her car, wallet, keys, ID, and phone, leading officials to announce her as missing. The report states that an Amtrak train hit and killed her. Authorities currently point toward suicide.


In an Instagram post from March 30, her family reflects on her life as well as her ongoing battle with depression.

“After living an extraordinary life and fighting a brave battle with depression, our hearts are shattered to share that Lee took her life on Friday. She was the brightest light, a magnetic force of nature, and was loved by so so many.”

The beautiful photo shows Lee MacMillan with a beaming smile. Behind that smile, she internally fought with her depression. Her family hopes to share the importance of mental health and to reach out if you are also struggling.

“If we can do one thing for Lee now, in the midst of this soul-crushing loss, it’s to spread the message that mental health is just as real as physical health and that illness can strike anyone, no matter how unlikely they may seem. It’s ok to not be ok, it’s ok to ask for help, it’s absolutely necessary to ask for help. “

The hashtag #SpeakUpForLee has been created in her honor to promote mental health advocacy.

Tributes to Lee MacMillan

Lee MacMillan would travel the world with her Australian boyfriend Max Bidstrup as well as their dog Occy. In January of 2020, the couple announced that they were parting ways, with Bidstrup heading back to Australia while taking Occy.

Bidstrup also posted an emotional tribute for Lee MacMillan on his social media.

“It was always you [red heart emoji]. You were the best thing to ever happen to me. You were the best person I have ever met. I fell in love with you the day we met. Yet you were still the stronger one that said, ‘I love you first. I never stopped loving you Mountie, I hope you know that [red heart emoji]. I will always cherish my time with you in this world and hope beyond hope to see you in the next. Save some mini eggs for me.”

However, by November of 2020, Lee MacMillan began dating Jordan Chiu. Together the couple started a happy life, traveling in their new van. Additionally, on March 30, he posted a memorial for her as well.

“You were a dream beyond my wildest dreams. You filled my heart up full to bursting and stretched it further than what I ever imagined was possible. My person, my partner, my best friend. Every day with you was an adventure, and I hope wherever you are, you’ve found peace and snuggles. Rest easy, puppy. I love you more than you will ever know.”

If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health or suicide, please reach out to somebody. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is also available 24/7 at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

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