Planning Short Trips and Thoughts on Spontaneity

There are a lot of great things about working and traveling.

Figuring out how to make the things you want to prioritize in your life work together is an important and universally applicable lesson. On the surface, it may seem counterintuitive to attempt multiple trips a year while holding down a full-time job… and I won’t say it’s always easy. But I will say that if I’m making it work, you can too.

One of the most important aspects of balancing work with travel, in my opinion, is that you have to drop all your preconceived notions. And in planning my most recent trip abroad with two of my friends, I realized that one of these notions that needs to be dropped is the idea that you can only truly experience a new place in the world if you experience it spontaneously. Continue reading “Planning Short Trips and Thoughts on Spontaneity”

Jet Lag Survival Tips

I touched down last Sunday night in my hometown airport after 10 days traveling through Hungary, Austria and Germany. Needless to say, I was DEAD tired when I finally arrived at my tiny Nashville studio apartment. Fortunately, I decided not to try to do what I usually do and go back to work on Monday morning with the severe jet lag – instead, I took a day of staycation on Monday (and struggled to stay awake the entire day while doing all my trip laundry.)

Then Tuesday morning bright and early, it was back to the real world with a vengeance.

Now that it is FINALLY the weekend, I think my body has accepted the fact that I’ll be staying in the hometown timezone for a bit. After visiting (NOW 18) countries over the past 10 years, I’ve experienced some serious jet lag from time to time… but I’ve also learned how to fight back. Continue reading “Jet Lag Survival Tips”

Travel Lessons Learned: Hostels (Part 1)

I fell in love with travel while studying abroad.

As an international business major, studying abroad was a requirement of my undergraduate degree… and I really took that requirement to heart. I studied or volunteered abroad every single summer during my years as an undergraduate student, and I graduated college having visited a total of 9 countries. While I was studying abroad I usually stayed with a large group of other students at a budget/efficiency hotel or I stayed in a dorm room.

My experience staying in hostels really began after I graduated college. For the next two posts, I’m sharing some of my experiences staying in hostels (and tips for choosing a hostel you’ll love). Check back this weekend for Part 2! Continue reading “Travel Lessons Learned: Hostels (Part 1)”

The Beauty of a Trip Well Planned: Our Trip Planning Timeline

So I’ve missed a couple blog posts… but my time was productively spent! We’ve officially booked every stay and every train ticket for our upcoming trip to Austria, Germany and Hungary next month. Coupled with the flights we purchased earlier this year, we’re officially DONE.

Well…. we aren’t completely done, but we are done with all the things we like to get planned ahead of time. So how exactly did we do it?

How do we make decisions on what to plan and what to leave to chance?

What is our trip planning timeline? Continue reading “The Beauty of a Trip Well Planned: Our Trip Planning Timeline”

How to Travel with Limited Vacation Time

The internet is full of travel bloggers who live on the road long term, and I love reading their stories and seeing their pictures. I think that living abroad would be the ultimate adventure, and I hope that I have the chance to have that adventure someday.

However, that day is not today.

Today, I worked 8 hours in my Nashville office. While I probably stared at a computer too much and definitely sat too long, my work had a direct impact on people’s lives. Figuring out creative ways to help small businesses may not sound quite as exciting as spending the day drinking from a coconut in Thailand, but I actually think of both as adventures…. just different types of adventures.

Unfortunately, my adventure here in nonprofit micro finance land offers limited vacation time to pursue my adventures abroad. So how do I balance my day job with travel? Continue reading “How to Travel with Limited Vacation Time”

Austria in April: Back at it Again with the Trip Plans

Since it is officially March (how in the world did that happen?), inquisitive minds everywhere are wondering: why in the world hasn’t Sarah Going gone anywhere yet in 2017?

I couldn’t be more excited to announce that trip plans are well underway… and I’ll be heading to Germany, Hungary and Austria in April!

This is a particularly exciting trip for me, because it includes several firsts. Continue reading “Austria in April: Back at it Again with the Trip Plans”

Why You Should Choose Experiences Over Things

In the pursuit of happiness, there’s a lot of research that supports buying experiences over things. I’m by no means saying that some new curtains in the apartment or that perfect carry-on bag won’t make you happy. However, scientists suggest that the happiness these purchases bring will fade quicker than the purchase of that ticket to Cuba that you’ve been considering. Continue reading “Why You Should Choose Experiences Over Things”

Climbing Your Own Ladder: Thoughts on Fulfillment

Over the past few weeks, I’ve had a lot of great conversations with good friends about big dreams. These are the kind of conversations I live for: I love hearing other people explain what they are pursuing, and why they are passionate about it, and how they are planning on getting there.

Talking to people who are smart and inspired to effect big change has always inspired me. However, these conversations tend to have an underlying anxiety. While some of that anxiety certainly stems from worrying about whether or not we’ll be successful at accomplishing the things we want to accomplish, the question that seems to be haunting everyone is more immediate.

What in the world we are supposed to do in the meantime? Continue reading “Climbing Your Own Ladder: Thoughts on Fulfillment”