Sarah M. is our Woman of the Week this October and she’s here to share her advice with you! Read about how she balances her full-time job, and check out her personal travel blog “O The Places We’ll Go” at the links below.
Tell us about yourself?
Why do you travel?
I travel for inspiration (corny I know). Working a desk job, analyzing data, and doing the normal ‘”routine” can be mentally draining. When I travel, I love the newness of everything & the chance to learn about other people’s lives and cultures. During a trip every small thing is exhilarating – a new language, a wrong turn in an unfamiliar city, the first taste of a local dish, the excitement stepping off a plane. I always feel inspired and refreshed when I return home from a trip.
How do you balance work and travel?
What’s the best lesson you’ve learned from your travels?
I’ve learned to keep an open mind. There have been many places I’ve gone to that I had preconceived notions about. More often than not my ideas of a place were completely wrong. The most recent one that comes to mind is Georgia (the country). I presumed that Georgia would be a slow paced place with lots of Soviet era buildings. I was completely wrong. The capital, Tbilisi, is vibrant, fast paced, and full of young people. Georgia has incredible buildings in Tbilisi and amazing old monasteries and churches in the countryside. It’s one of those places I cannot wait to revisit.
Travel places that make you uncomfortable. I’ve loved my trips to London and Paris, but the places I’ve learned and grown the most were out of my comfort zone. Go somewhere where English is not the primary language, where the culture & food are different than what you are used to, and get out and meet people when you travel.
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