Hey guys! Sara here. My love for travel and understanding of how affordable it can be started on a spring break trip to Peru in 2016. Two friends and I bought roundtrip tickets to Peru, with a stopover in Bogota, Colombia for a grand total of $290. The trip in total cost me about $600 for seven days, airfare included!! Ever since my realization that you don’t have to have money to travel, I have been on a mission to find the most affordable ways to see the world.
That same year, just a few months after spring break, I flew to Europe and road-tripped through five countries with a group of friends. At this point, I was just starting to get into photography and started using my GoPro and Nikon D3100 (in auto mode!). That trip set me back about $800. Upon returning home I had somewhat of an epiphany: This whole traveling thing isn’t as expensive as I thought – why not take a semester off and travel for a couple of months?
When I returned home I immediately started planning my next big trip: Iceland. After announcing on Facebook my first solo trip out of the country, an old friend, Gabby, messaged me and asked if she could tag along. We decided to extend our trip, and the Iceland trip turned into a 6-week backpacking trip, as I began to fall in love with travel, different languages and cultures, adventure, and the great outdoors.
During this time, I was attending the University of Florida, majoring in Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience and planning on pursuing a Ph.D. in Neuropsychology, with a specialization in pharmacology and the epigenetics of addiction. I’m passionate about the sciences, however after graduating, taking the GRE and getting all of my letters of rec, I couldn’t get through writing my statement of purpose. Right before graduating, I had just started this blog and my Instagram account. I decided to take a leap of faith and take a year or two to pursue my dream career: travel photography and blogging.
After two years, I had worked with a few brands and individuals and was starting to make a slowly steadier income from photography and blogging alone. Now, photography makes up the majority of my income alone!
Presently, you’ll find me planning my next great adventures while living every day like a vacation at my current home in Florida. On hot days I go explore one of the many Florida springs, or beaches, kayak and snorkeling gear in tow. I’m excited to be turning my passion into a living through my photography and by documenting my adventures on this blog for the world to see!
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