Woman of the Week: Sarah K

Sarah K is our Woman of the Week, and the first by my count to reside in New Zealand! This working woman also shares her adventures on her blog, Sarah Sees The World. Want to learn how you can travel while working full-time? Ever wondered if travel insurance is worth it? Then this is the interview for you! Happy reading, and thanks for sharing your story, Sarah!

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Sarah getting Tapas in Barcelona.


  1. Tell us about yourself?

I live in Wellington, New Zealand and work full time in Marketing as well as running my travel blog Sarah Sees The World. Recently I visited my 34th country which leaves plenty more out there to explore.

As well as travel my key passions consuming delicious food, coffee and wine, hitting the gym and reducing the ‘to-be-read’ count on my bloglovin’ feed.


  1. Why do you travel?

I travel to experience the world and new things, to break up the monotony of daily life. I love my home city of Wellington and being based here but visiting new cities allows me to sample the lives and lifestyles of others for a small amount of time, change things up and learn a lot. It also gives me the kick I need to get back into the ‘work’ part of the work, save, travel cycle.

  1. How do you balance work and travel?

Living in isolated New Zealand I learnt early on how to use my annual leave to my advantage, maximising it as much as possible by combining it with weekends and public holidays.

5 years ago I quit a job to travel for 9 months and since then, most of my jobs have been contracts giving me a set period of employment to save, plan and then take an extended trip somewhere. It’s something which really works for me.


  1. What’s the best lesson you’ve learned from your travels?

More money does not equal more enjoyment.

On my most recent trip I visited Norway, Sweden and Iceland. They’re beautiful, yet crazy expensive places that I couldn’t have afforded to visit a few years ago, and could barely afford to visit now.

I was in a way taken back to my low-budget travel days, when it was hostels rather than mid-priced hotels and preparing supermarket purchased food rather than eating out, but it was way less of a blast.

Sarah swimming in an infinity pool.


  1. Share one of your favorite travel memories.

Earlier this year I did a food tour in Madrid and realised it was the best possible way I could have seen the city. Not only did I have a memorable day out with my best friend eating and drinking at spots we’d never have found without a passionate local who wanted us to get the most out of his city, but we learnt a lot about the history and culture of Madrid.


  1. If you could share one travel tip with other women, what would it be?

Take out travel insurance! I worked in marketing for an insurance brand for too long not to understand the benefits of having it and the trouble (financial and otherwise) you can get yourself into if something goes wrong and you are not insured. If you think you can’t afford it then you really can’t afford to travel.

Recently I had to make my first travel insurance claim as not only did I miss my flight due to security staff strikes at an airport, but my suitcase was not off-loaded and was then lost by the airline. I didn’t get it back for four days and I had to buy essentials as well as make new travel arrangements.

Sarah at the Hobbiton houses in New Zealand.

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  1. What a cool series! I think it’s great to understand you can travel quite a bit while working full time! I work so I appreciate that most of us will have to see the world a little bit at a time, but I actually think it helps me appreciate each trip and experience more that way! Great interview!

  2. Love this series! Sarah gets extra credit in my opinion since NZ is so far away from other countries but she’s super lucky she has so much to see within her own country 🙂

  3. I love being introduced to women in other countries and getting to learn more about their lives. It’s amazing how, really, we are all so similar. I think her advice about travel insurance is really important and something many travelers tend to overlook.

  4. This is such a great initiative to feature other bloggers on your website. I haven’t heard about Sarah’s blog before, but will definitely be checking her out now that I’ve known. I always find it exciting to read a new travel blog and read about others’ perspective and experiences in their travel!

  5. This is looking like being a great series. You have to admire Sarah for really knowing and being clear about what she wants out of life and for just going for it! She is indeed living her dream and no doubt inspiring others in the process. I very definitely have very similar thinking to her where travel insurance is concerned. I just wouldn’t be game to go anywhere without it – there are just too many things that could go wrong and you just can’t put a price on your own peace of mind.

  6. I totally agree with taking travel insurance. A friend of mine didn’t when in Mexico, and he had a really bad accident and needed surgery that he had to pay for out of his own pocket. I’m like Sarah too; quit my job and am in between cotnracts as a digital nomad. Life is so much better!

  7. When you consider Sarah is from New Zealan, 34 countries is a lot to have visited, New Zealand is far from everywhere! I really need to sort out my travel insurance, I only insure my cameras which is silly really! I agree that more money doesn’t make a better travel experience, when you take the plunge and stay in a hostel it can be a lot of fun!

  8. I totally agree! For most people, holding down a job which is not remote is needed to be able to travel. Embracing it is easier than fighting it, and seeing small bits at a time do really force you to appreciate the precious travel moments!

  9. It really is, it’s quite a trek to get to the other countries of the world! I’m with you on that though, I need to get serious about travel insurance for my electronics and my personal self going forward!

  10. Oh no, that’s terrible! You always hope things like that won’t happen, but the more you travel the higher your chance of needing insurance for something or another. What do you do for contracting jobs now?

  11. We really are more alike than different, I think! I totally agree about the travel insurance too. I’ve never needed it yet but I’m so lucky and don’t want to risk blowing my travel budget on an accident!

  12. Thank you, Abigail! I have so much fun learning from and meeting the women each week. Hope you get a chance to check out Sarah K’s site as well, as she’s got some really helpful content (and great NZ photos) to share!

  13. Thanks, Nicole! You’re so right, I felt so much more confident about my travel plans after reading how she’s been able to make it work for her! I’m with you – after all the work it takes to plan a trip, I certainly don’t want any unexpected happenings to spoil it.

  14. Wow! Visiting 34 countries while working full time is something that gives you some great travel goals. Love the interview. Very inspiring! I agree with her tip of buying travel insurance to avoid unnecessary trouble in case anything goes wrong. I’ve personally experienced this. Thanks for sharing this lovely post! 🙂

  15. What a cool inspirational series. I never travel anywhere without insurance too. I did a food tour in Madrid too and I loved my time there too. It is such a great city for foodies.

  16. Nice to read this and relate to what is being said. Especially where she says – more money is not equal to more enjoyment. Enjoyment is just a state of mind and something that comes from the smallest things in life. Cheers

  17. Very inspiring to read about keeping the spirit of travel alive. Money is not very important if you wish to really enjoy traveling. Food from supermarkets and not eating in restaurant is a great tip. Also Travel insurance is important.

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