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 possibly find out if travel blogging is my new career.
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.