In this interview series called What Inspires….. I aim to share with you what inspires other travellers to get out there and see the world in the hope that it inspires you to do the same.
This week I am truly honoured to be interviewing not just a fellow traveller but a good friend. Sarah and I met through an online travel community many months ago and although we have never met in person (one day) we have managed to stay in touch regularly and support one another in our online pursuits.
In August, 2013 at the age of 46 Sarah closed her business as an interior designer, sold everything she owned and along with her boyfriend set out to live the life of travel and freedom that she had always longed for. How awesome is that!
Their life now consists of travelling slowly around the world and spending real time in each destination in an attempt to open their minds and hearts to the people and places they visit. While doing this they strive to achieve a balanced life of work, play, health and fitness while exploring and experiencing as much of the world as they can and live life to the fullest as long as they are able.
Sarah’s blog. Live Dream Discover, is where she shares stories and details on the places they go, the people they meet and the lessons they learn.
Read on the find out What Inspires Sarah from Live Dream Discover.
What or who inspired you to travel and discover the world?
My Dad was my biggest inspiration. He loved to travel and explore and from the time I was born in England we travelled as a family all over Europe. He even moved us to Hungary for three years and then eventually we immigrated to Canada. He was never afraid to experience new things and instilled in me a passion for travel and for exploring and discovering new places. In fact the one and only tattoo I have is in his memory and the name of my blog is also closely tied to him and my life philosophy. I actually wrote about how the name and tattoo came to be in a post called Live Dream Discover-A Story Of Life, Death, Tattoos And Travel.
Where was your first overseas trip and was it everything you expected it to be?
Not counting the travels around Europe as a child, the big move to Vancouver when I was eleven or the visits back to England with my family I would have to say it was a six month backpacking trip around Europe that was my first real experience of overseas travel on my own. I was 21 and had spent over a year planning the entire trip for myself and my boyfriend using various guide books (internet was fairly new then). The trip far exceeded all of my expectations and I came home knowing that travelling was definitely going to be a big priority and passion in my life.
What’s one tip you can give to anyone about to head off on their first overseas adventure?
Research and plan as best you can but always be prepared to change those plans or have them changed for you. Travel can be unpredictable but some of the best memories will be the ones that were unexpected. I recently wrote about how we plan much less and leave things more open now in a post called Exactly Where I’m Supposed To Be.
Best travel experience so far?
That’s tough to answer as I am very much a glass half full person and because I love travelling so much I honestly look back at every travel experience as a good one. If I was forced to pick just one I would have to say our time in Guatemala. It was a bit spur of the moment so we didn’t have much time to plan and therefore didn’t really know what to expect. Because of this we were somewhat surprised at how quickly we fell absolutely in love with the country and people. Our excursion to the caves and pools of Semuc Champey would definitely be a highlight of that trip.
What’s your biggest source of travel inspiration between trips?
These days it’s definitely other travel bloggers and other travelers we meet along our journeys. It’s such a great community to be a part of and there is a never-ending source of information and inspiration out there now.
Do you have a favourite quote, travel related or otherwise?
Yes and it has very special meaning which relates back to your first question of what or who inspires me to travel. It’s attributed to Mark Twain although there is apparently some dispute on that.
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
Connect with Sarah
Check out Sarah’s website, Live Dream Discover, where you can keep up to date with her travels and read stories of her experiences. You can also join her on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest where she shares even more great content.
Thanks Sarah for sharing your inspiring travel story with us. For a further dose of inspiration, you can look back over all past interviews here.
Over to you!
Who or what, inspires you to travel and discover the world?
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Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed this post.