Hi everyone – my name is Stephanie. After 20 years of the corporate communications and public relations life, I’m taking a sabbatical to travel solo around the world in 180 days (or so). I hope to do many things on this trip – meet new people, experience new cultures, see as many corners of this beautiful earth as possible –  and share my journey with you.

Moving and changing is nothing new for me. I’ve lived in 30+ houses in seven states. I once found an apartment, packed an old apartment, moved and unpacked the new place in less than a week. I am a gypsy, a vagabond and a traveler since birth. If asked, I say I’m from New York City because with 10 years of living there (in two different stints!), it’s the longest time I’ve spent anywhere.

I think my first experience with travel came at Disney World, where I fell in love with It’s a Small World. How cool is it to see the world on a short little boat ride! Throughout my childhood, we did many family trips up and down the east coast of the US.  My first international trip came at age 16 – when instead of a Sweet 16 party, I asked my parents for a trip to France with the French Club. I fell in love with France, and travel, and am now always been planning my next adventure.

I’ve been to 40 countries – most recently Australia and New Zealand – so it won’t surprise many of my friends and colleagues that I’m taking this journey. With lots of uncertainty at my job, last year I began thinking about the places I could go if I had an “extended vacation.” I started exploring photos and websites, planning itineraries, saving money, creating packing lists, applying for travel credit cards to build up points and sold my house. Now that it has become a reality, I wanted a way to document my travels and also share what I learn. I hope that you come along!

I’m new to blogging, so please feel free to share any tips and tops and to connect with me along the way.


  1. Dear Stephanie, I’m so proud of you and wish you safe travels and hope you have a glorious time. I’m looking forward to your blogs. I’ll be in a Paris, Genève, Salzburg ne a few other places before the end of the year. I’ll be looking for you there. Big hugs, Karen Giblin.



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