I’m Sarah, the voice behind Travelosio. I am currently based in the sunny south side of France. I live next to the Ardèche river surrounded by beautiful valleys, plateaus, and mountains. I am a stone’s throw away to famous vineyards, sorbet makers, natural spring source, and oh, the Neanderthal cave.
I speak 6 different languages: English, French, Japanese, Tagalog, Cebuano, and Bantayanon. I practice Vinyasa yoga to relieve stress and back problems. I am a Level 2 scuba diver with awesome diving experiences on some of the best dive sites in the world such as Komodo, Raja Ampat, and Bali.
I used to be a college professor teaching programming, computer logic and database management. Although the experience was fulfilling and rewarded me with lifelong friends, I moved on to work in the IT industry to practice what I taught.
I found a job as a Software Engineer at a Fortune 500 company that gave me tons of opportunity to grow personally and professionally. I had a very challenging role mending several customer solutions that tested every IT bone in my body. But, I always persevere which is why I had that big trophy right by my desk.
Three years in as a programming geek, I had been sent to Atlanta, Georgia for a business training that lasted 3 months. Although my priorities were to absorb new software fundamentals, I did not waste any weekend and grabbed every opportunity to visit a couple of states such as New York, Miami, New Orleans, and Tennessee.
Despite my flair for Software Engineering, I realized I had an even greater passion for wanderlust. Even when working on a desk job, I stretched out my vacation leaves and took advantage of long weekends to travel here and there. Eventually, I reached a point in my life where I had to make the tough decision to choose between Software Engineering and traveling. Obviously, wanderlust has won me over. But, life works in funny ways sometimes that I found a compromise to enjoy both worlds. I became a digital nomad.
Being a digital nomad is the best way to go. I am fulfilling my dream to see the world while earning a living without having to let go of the digital realm completely. I can literally work anywhere – like during a sleepless long-haul flight to my next destination or even on the way to the next dive site.
Looking back, the only regret I have is not starting sooner!
Here’s a short timeline of my transition to the freelancing world.
2010 : taught IT in college
2011 : started working for NCR Corporation
2015 : founded this travel blog
2017 : left my job at and launched a full-time career as a blogger
Here are 10 Ten Things You Need to Know About Me so we can get even more personal 🙂
I travel with my husband, Olivier, but you might wonder why you barely see him in my photos. Well, he said he’d rather take my photos than be in one. But, when stars align, I can convince him to pop over for a selfie or strike a pose otherwise, I take some candid shots just like this one. He’s simply amazing and very supportive of my travel blogging. Merci mon chéri!
Our paths first crossed in the small town of Oslob, Philippines. I was backpacking with Couchsurfers from China, Japan, Germany, and Singapore while he was on a diving trip across the Philippines. We’ve only had short conversations back then and didn’t even know each other’s name. Little did we know, fate was sorting out something for us. Our paths crossed again a day later when we moved to Moalboal, about 80km from Oslob. This time, we finally had some proper introduction and long, interesting conversations about traveling, diving and what not. The rest, as they say, is history… ❤
We are both backpackers at heart and would love to keep it that way. But occasionally, we like to enjoy the finer things in life too because why not!
The best things in life are the people you love, the places you’ve seen, and the memories you’ve made along the way.
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