My name is Sumari and I'm from Oakland, CA. I am traveling, cooking, writing, and working my way through my 20 somethings. I opened the doors to the world for myself. Traveling internationally was not something I, nor anyone else around me did when growing up. You could say I'm a first-generation traveler. Similarly, the aspirations I have for myself and my career surpasses anything I was exposed to.
I wish I could guarantee that this blog has all the answers, but the truth is I'm just figuring life out. But I can guarantee some great stories and lessons I have learned along my journey and hope that they will help you along yours.
I created this blog to connect with other passionate travelers, guide people that have never traveled internationally before, and share my experiences as I develop my career.
Life is not about perfection, it's about balance. You don't have to quit your job to have a fulfilling life of adventure. I work in the corporate world on the daily, but I'm an expat at heart. Bringing the traveler's mindset of curiosity, freedom, and open-mindedness to my daily life makes every day an adventure.
In early 2016 I set the goal to visit 25 countries by 25 years old. I'd just turned 20 and returned from studying abroad in Madrid, Spain. Before studying abroad, I'd traveled to a total of 4 countries. Traveling to 7 countries in the 4 months I studied abroad made me fall in love with traveling. I set this goal to be sure I never lost my curiosity, despite my life changing so much between school and the real world over the next few years. Currently, I am at 24 countries, at 24 years old.
You want to travel around the world.
You have never traveled before.
You want new travel ideas.
You are building a career.
You have an open mind.
You want to solo travel.
You seek connections.
You seek adventure.
You need balance.
You want to learn.
You enjoy eating.
You are curious.