Veronica is a working woman with a few degrees under her belt. She’s also a cat and dog mom, and a bit of an introvert so Veronica and I have a lot in common! She’s a great example of someone who has serious career ambitions, but doesn’t let that interfere with her seeing the world. Thanks, Veronica, for sharing your story this Wednesday!
Tell us about yourself.
My name is Veronica, I am 26 years old, married to my travel partner and we have two fur babies: a 95 lb Rhodesian Ridgeback named Milo and a Turkish Angora cat named Sophie. I have a Masters in Counseling, specializing in mental health and marriage counseling. I have been traveling since I was a kid, my family always made it a point to take multiple trips every year. Looking back on that I’m so grateful and it’s probably why I have fallen in love with traveling. We also run a travel blog and travel Instagram account. You can find us at @lavieentravel and www.lavieentravel.com.
Why do you travel?
I travel to learn how other people live. I love seeing different cultures up close and immersing myself in local norms, instead of just reading about it in a book. And to try new foods all over the world! Each trip I take makes me want more and I’m always planning our next few trips well in advance.
How do you balance work and travel?
I am fortunate enough to work for a company that gives me a lot of vacation time. I also plan our trips around long weekends and do overnight flights often to save time. I’ve made it known to my coworkers and bosses that traveling is very important to me and they respect that. I maximize all my time at work to make sure everything gets done, that way they have nothing to worry about when I’m traveling!
What’s the best lesson you’ve learned from your travels?
Don’t take anything for granted. We tend to forget that we are very fortunate to have all of the luxuries we live with. For example, a toilet was scarce in Morocco and asking for toilet paper was laughable.
One of my favorite memories is making friends with a local girl in Copenhagen. I’ve very introverted so I normally don’t make too many friends even at home. But I went out of my comfort zone and invited her to breakfast with us. We got to see a side of the city we would have never seen otherwise and we still keep in touch!
Get out of your comfort zone. In order to maximize the time in another country I ways try to do what the locals do, like taking the metro or going into less touristy areas. You learn a lot more about the people and the culture, and it’s so much better than only having photos of the tourist spots.
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