Behind The Name

I started this blog for a handful of reasons but my main inspiration was the five amazing women I grew up with, by whom I am constantly inspired. They are always exploring the world and finding creative ways to advance their career or education while fitting in travel.

As I told friends and family about our collective journeys, I realized that my friends have inspired others as well. Suitcase Six is my way of recording the adventures we’ve had and sharing our stories, in hopes that other women might find them as inspiring as I have.

Among my crew we’ve got a film director, a nurse, a med student, a psych student, a business woman, and myself – a program director in juvenile justice with uncertain next steps. Together we’ve seen six continents (excluding only Antarctica) and more countries than I can keep track of and a motley assortment of adventures collected.

Still, we’re not a super diverse group of women. While these five ladies are my main case studies in women who wander while they work, my Woman of the Week interview series aims to share stories of women from different races, backgrounds, ages, countries, and professions.

But for now, I’m excited to introduce you to the Suitcase Six women! Our interviews are linked below if you want to hear more about how each lady makes work and travel work for them.

Sarah (blogger)

Current City: Indianapolis, Indiana USA

A Favorite Trip Highlight: Swimming with sea turtles in Belize on a snorkeling trip

Next Travel Destination: Uganda

Current Occupation: Mentoring Director for HOPE Mentoring

Must-Have Travel Item: Earplugs & my travel journal

One place I’d visit twice: Portugal

Read my WOW interview.


meet the suitcase six marie

Current City: Los Angeles, California USA

A Favorite Trip Highlight:
Sitting in the ocean on a secluded beach in Thailand for 2 hours watching the sun go down. Also every museum I ever visit.

Next Travel Destination: New York & New Jersey, USA

Current Occupation: Barista & Freelance Motion Graphics Artist

Must-Have Travel Item: My DSLR (canon t3i) & sunscreen.

One place I’d visit twice: Paris

Read Marie’s WOW interview.


meet the suitcase six anna

Current City: Chicago, Illinois USA

A Favorite Trip Highlight: Seeing Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in London.

Next Travel Destination:  Spain

Current Occupation: Nurse

Must-Have Travel Item: A flowy black cotton dress

One place I’d visit twice: Ireland

Read Anna’s WOW interview.



meet the suitcase six melissa

Current City: Chicago, Illinois

A Favorite Trip Highlight: Motorbiking in Pai, Thailand.

Next Travel Destination: San Francisco

Current Occupation: Management Consulting Analyst

Must-Have Travel Item: Hair tools that work with any wattage and a hydration pack.

One place I’d visit twice: Edinburgh

Read Melissa’s WOW interview.


meet the suitcase six laura

Current City: Phoenix, Arizona USA

A Favorite Trip Highlight: Horseback riding in the Andes while in Mendoza.

Next Travel Destination: Seattle, Washington USA

Current Occupation: Clinical Psychology Doctoral Student

Must-Have Travel Item: A corkscrew.

One place I’d visit twice: Malaga, Spain

 Read Laura’s WOW interview.


meet the suitcase six tahvi

Current City: New York City, New York USA

A Favorite Trip Highlight: Climbing Volcán San Pedro.

Next Travel Destination: Washington DC

Current Occupation: Med student at Colombia

Must-Have Travel Item: My Birkenstock sandals

One place I’d visit twice: Paris

 Read Tahvi’s WOW interview.

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