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5 Questions with… Sally | Passport & Plates

Sally launched Passport & Plates in August 2015. In the short amount of time since that first post, she has seen her social following and website traffic explode.

Passport & Plates covers many topics that every traveller will find useful. If you are a foodie, we recommend you check out her mouth-watering foodie guides.

Sally was about to head off on her next trip but took the time to answer our 5 questions and provided such compelling answers. See them below!


1. When did you decide to turn your life to travel?

When I was ten days old, my parents boarded a plane with me to attend my first wedding…and I’ve been traveling (and attending weddings!) ever since. Well, sort of. We traveled a lot when I was really young, but I didn’t start traveling again until I was 14. My first trip was to Egypt for the summer to visit my extended family. I was intrigued by how drastically different life could be in other places and since then, I’ve been addicted to learning more about other cultures! In 2015, I quit my job, took my first solo trip, and started blogging and spent about half of 2016 on the road.

2. What does travel give you that everyday life doesn’t?

To me, my goal was to always make travel part of everyday life. I traveled for 6 months after I graduated college and was always uncomfortable with the fact that I would have to relegate my travels to two weeks per year once I started a “real job.” Two years of that made me realize that I needed to travel more. To me, travel is the best education I can give myself. I’m always learning about different foods, lifestyles, and cultural beliefs, and have realize that there truly is no “right” way to live. Travel reminds me that despite our differences, people all essentially want the same thing: love, safety, shelter, and happiness.

3. What is your best tip for someone wanting to pack in their 9-5 and turn their life to travel?

I wrote an entire blog post about the perils of “quitting your job to travel,” actually. It was the best thing I’ve ever done for myself, but it’s not for everyone. I think it’s important to realize that you’re giving up job security for the open road and that can be incredibly scary or the best decision you ever make. It totally depends on the person. I say it’s important to weight out the options and reasoning before actually acting upon it.

4. What do you wish you knew at the start of your travels that you know now?

Travel can actually be really tiring! I thought I’d love being on the road all the time, traveling from place to place with no home base. I’ve realized that I’m a home base kind of girl. Now I set up a home base in a certain place and travel from there, rather than lugging my stuff around to a new city every few days. It helps to establish a routine (especially since I work on the road) and I can travel slowly and really connect with people rather than rush through a flurry of tourist activities.

5. How do you build a social life outside of work when in a foreign country?

There are so many great resources for expats in new countries! Facebook has a ton of expat and language exchange groups, which are an excellent way to meet foreigners and locals. I also really like meetup.com and doing classes while I’m traveling (I’m partial to dance and cooking). Of course, learning to speak the language helps a lot if you want to connect with locals, rather than expats.

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Born in Ireland and raised in Southern California, Sally of Passport & Plates has been a traveler from the start. She boarded her first flight when she was just 10 days old and hasn't stopped traveling since. Growing up Arab and Muslim in the U.S. has made her no stranger to cultural clashes, and summers spent learning to cook resulted in her deep appreciation for all types of cuisine. She's a firm believer that local food and travel experiences are the best form of education. Sally shares her adventures and tips on passportandplates.com.
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