If not traveling, what is your 9-5 life like?
I live in gorgeous Edwards, Colorado (a stone’s throw from Vail and Beaver Creek ski resorts), where I work in sales management for an insurance company. That means spending some of my days behind a desk and others driving around western Colorado trying to help my agents sell more insurance. After work you can find me sneaking in a hike or workout, cooking dinner with my girlfriends, relaxing with my guy or out to happy hour. On the weekends I’m usually taking advantage of the best my mountain town has to offer: hiking, biking or skiing and plenty of eating and drinking.
How have you changed your life to travel more?
One of the perks of my job is a flexible schedule with every other Friday off, so I’m able to work in long weekend trips without much trouble. Unfortunately, I haven’t done much of the long-term or long-distance travel that requires serious life changes – yet! The more I travel, the more I want to go everywhere, an impulse I think a lot of other travelers can relate to, so that might have to change in the not-so-distant future. One of the biggest “sacrifices” I’ve made is putting off getting a dog. I’m so ready for one in most ways, but I know it would cramp my traveling style.
How has travel changed your life? (The good, the bad and the ugly!)
One of the best things travel has taught me is to live like a tourist in my own town, too. I’m always keeping an eye out for the next festival, new restaurant or fun thing to do around town. This keeps my weekends full and makes my life feel like a nonstop vacation (granted, this isn’t so tough to pull off in the Vail Valley). I also think it’s made me a pretty good tour guide when friends and family come to visit. The only negative effect I could say travel has had on my life is the very fact that it takes me away so often from a home I love and the people here. When you live somewhere this spectacular, sometimes it does feel like a shame to leave.
Who, or what, inspired you to travel the first time?
My love of travel has been gradually building to its current crescendo, but my family is definitely who inspired it from the beginning. My parents took my sister and I on some pretty incredible trips from a fairly young age. They are also responsible for inspiring my love for the finer things in life, and I blame them for the fact that I may never truly be a budget traveler… I suppose I’m happy to take the bad with the good though!
What is your main purpose/goal of your travel blog? (Inspire, inform, entertain, persuade, all of the above, etc.)
Peaks and Passports was born out of the perfect storm of my desire for a creative outlet and my goal of documenting my family’s trip to Turkey and Greece last October. I also figured that there were a lot of travelers out there like me: weekenders with the occasional more ambitious trip sprinkled in, looking for tips and reviews on interesting places to go. I also write quite a bit about fun things to do around my hometown and hope to be a good source for people visiting the Vail Valley who’d like ideas on hikes, happy hours and assorted other adventures straight from a local.
This or That:
Backpack or Rolling Suitcase? Suitcase all the way – though I’ve always secretly wished I was a backpack kind of girl.
Cities or Open Spaces? A mix of both is ideal, but if I had to pick one, give me the wide open spaces!
Salty or Sweet? Both, together. I refuse to pick one – try a maple bacon bar and then try to tell me that they should be separated.
Sandals or Snow Boots? I spend 6 months a year in snow boots, so on vacation – sandals all the way baby.
Comedy or Drama? Comedy – there is enough drama in the world.
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