Quitting your job and starting to travel the world is no mean feat, considering how expensive the venture can be. However, that did not deter Kenyan born, US based travel blogger Sally G from doing it.
She was based in Atlanta before selling all she had and embarked on a journey to tour the world. Not many would do such a daring thing. After a 3 month stay in Croatia, I caught up with the beauty who stopped by in Kenya for several weeks.
Sally has previously been to Australia, Indonesia, Italy, France, Turkey and other beautiful destinations. She documents all of that on her blog, her main theme being budget traveling. She has won the hearts of many, and her recent eBook titled “Luxury Travel On A Budget.”
Her warm, charming and lovable persona is something that struck me at first. Having had a deep conversation on her bold decision, this is what she told me about her travel diaries.
Harun: Why did you quit your job to travel the world?
Sally: I enjoy traveling immensely. With every trip I took, my wanderlust grew and I wanted to travel even more. My limitation became the amount of time off I got from work. Working in corporate America gives you very little time off. You barely get to scratch the surface of a new destination. I wanted to be able to travel slowly & truly immerse myself in the travel experience abroad and share the experience with my followers.
H: What were you doing in Kenya before relocating to the US?
S: I worked for Abercrombie & Kent and Friends of Conservation as an administrative assistant.
H: What was the culture shock like when you landed in Kenya?
S: It was both good and bad. Good in the sense that there was a lot of visible developments in infrastructure. Bad especially in my hometown of Nakuru that has gotten very congested and some areas especially in the CBD lack planning as a result.
H: What is the most Kenyan thing you’ve encountered while traveling the world?
S: Meeting people during my travels wearing the Kenyan flag wrist band always VERY exciting. I have seen non-Kenyans wearing it too. Our coffee is pretty much everywhere. I get a huge sense of of pride when I see Kenyan coffee advertised at coffee shops around the world.
H: As a budget traveler, you seem to be doing stuff quite well. What is that one best tip you can give to someone who wishes to travel the world at minimal cost?
S: The biggest misconception I encounter from people is that travel is expensive. Good news is that it isn’t. My top tip to share to a budget traveler is: travel during low season. You get the benefit of low costs in transportation/accommodations/tour activities and it is less crowded.
H: What’s your most memorable childhood moment while growing up in Nakuru?
S: Listening to my grandfather tell us stories about his life & details on our lineage. He was a great storyteller.
H: How do you stay in touch with the Kenyan vibe? Which kinda music do you listen to?
S: The Internet has been key to keeping up with family, news, trends etc. I will never lose touch with the Kenyan vibe. I listen to all kinds of music. I find myself listening to country music a lot when I travel as it reminds me of road trips in Kenya with my family as a young girl.
H: You went to Coachella last year. That must have been an exotic experience. Did you have a rare fan moment with some of your favorite stars?
S: It was my first time at the festival and it was totally worth the hype! The festival is highly organized with many amazing music acts from different genres. My amazing moment started with getting VIP passes from Lady Gaga’s bandmate through a close friend. The best part was meeting Rihanna at a private after party thrown by Revolt. To respect her privacy I held my cool and never asked for selfie but I was secretly dying inside! She’s more stunning in person.
H: What are some of the challenges that come with being a travel blogger?
S: Finding your own voice in a saturated field. As a full time travel blogger, living out of a suitcase can be an inconvenience with having to pack and unpack frequently.
H: Tell me about your most recent place to visit and live in, Croatia…what are some of the things you loved and did not like about it?
S: Croatia is an incredibly beautiful country! I was in awe of the natural beauty from the stunning coastline, amazing historic sites that included Game of Thrones shoot locations and wonderful people to boot. My trip was to last a month but I ended up staying for three as I ended falling in love with it.
As this was my first long trip away from home, I did get homesick but for just a bit.
H: Finally, what should Kenyans expect from you representing them globally this year?
I will continue to be a global ambassador to our beloved country Kenya. I will keep encouraging those I meet in my travels to add Kenya as a top travel destination. We have great opportunities for business & many amazing destinations and hidden gems to explore.
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