Hello! Hi! Buongiorno! Bonjour!
I’m Sara and I’ve been traveling to Europe for almost 20 years. I spent 6 months in Florence, Italy and traveling to 13 countries and transcribed my notes onto my little corner of the internet. I wanted to capture every moment of my beautiful (complicated) adventure. We still spend at least a week in Florence ever year.
Since 2015, my husband and I have spent at least 3 weeks in Europe every single year. In the last few years, that number has more than doubled. We travel more than 6 weeks per year (but not all at once!). My 10-Day Paris itinerary is featured on Get Your Guide, and my guide to a honeymoon in Florence is featured on We Are Travel Girls.
We have an affinity for Italy, France, and European Christmas Markets. However, easy flights from Dallas have led us to Istanbul for a week, a road trip through Croatia, and a long weekend in Porto. We love long trips that allow us to couple together itineraries with cities and small towns, but we’ve also been known to pop over to Cortona or Paris for a long weekend.
I’m also a luxury travel advisor who is committed to making your trips as memorable as mine!
About Journey of Doing
Journey of Doing has evolved into a luxury travel blog focused on couples travel. I seek to capture the incredible details and moments of our travels through beautiful photography and a collection of thoughtful experiences that help make a trip more memorable than forgettable.
This blog is designed for the traveler who loves to plan itineraries in advance, dreams about beautiful places & spaces in between meetings, and looks forward to new experiences. The moments that make a trip.
Journey of Doing is written for the full-time professional looking to maximize their vacation days and have an amazing trip. We are DINK (dual income, no kids) and full-time professionals in two different fields. We are not full-time travel bloggers. Technically, we are our own bosses, which provides us the flexibility to spend our personal time on the thing we enjoy most: travel. As such, we spend as much time as possible doing exactly that – whether its through long weekends, holiday travel, or just going somewhere that seems interesting to us.
Even though this is a luxury travel and lifestyle blog, it doesn’t mean I don’t love a good deal. I thrive on finding a good deal. Sometimes that’s through shoulder or off-season travel to Paris. Other times its by using a luxury travel agent for amazing perks at a Rosewood resort in Tuscany. If that sounds like you, keep reading. If it doesn’t, that’s okay. I won’t be offended. There’s a space out there for everyone. Just don’t be mean. There’s no need for additional negativity in this world.
We can probably be friends if you…
- Appreciate a good bubble bath but can equally appreciate a hot, strong shower after a long-haul flight. (You might even be willing to shower in the airline lounges during long layovers to recharge your batteries so you can get hit the ground running upon arrival.)
- Don’t (completely) mind getting up for blue hour and sunrise, but you’re more likely to schedule your dinner plans around golden hour, sunset, and blue hour because that doesn’t require you to get up early.
- Monitor multiple websites for the best flight deals but have trouble making a decision on where to go when the deal pops up. Do you go back to where you’ve been or do you go somewhere new? FOMO makes the choice so hard.
- Prefer dresses to pants in (almost) every circumstance.
- Enjoy learning about local history, culture, and traditions when you travel (i.e. not doing the same things that you can do at home) and try to speak a little (or a lot) of the local language.
- Believe that the best travel souvenirs are pictures (that you can frame, that you can use as Christmas cards, that are exactly how you remember a place), but also know that sometimes you have to buy the hand-painted Christmas ornament, the vase that will look amazing in your house, or a painting of Venice by the artist you’ve been following for 7 years, too.
- Won’t ever skip a warm baguette in France. Or olive oil in Croatia. Or balsamic vinegar in Modena. Or wine in Italy.
- Get really excited when you find a great deal on an expensive item that you would never pay full price for, no matter how much you love it
- Are likely to save your appetite for a really great dinner and dessert
- Believe that creating travel itineraries in advance is just traveling smartly… even if everyone has a smart phone.
- Wish that you could pull off effortless put-together style on your own, but generally have to lean on a personal shopper (and Kate Middleton) for inspiration
- Will always spend money on quality over quantity (and love when it is on sale)
- Enjoy learning, but especially when it involves cooking classes in Italy and pastry classes in Paris
- Purchase multiple books to read about destinations well in advance and then leave the books in your hotel room for the next guest to find and use for their own adventure.
- Know that the best self-care happens in a spa and on a massage table but don’t do it often enough
probablynot be excited about any place that requires you to share a bathroom with people you don’t know
- Prefer hauling around your DSLR and multiple lenses as opposing to taking photographs with your iPhone, even if it takes you months to edit the photos.
- Don’t feel bad about continually posting pictures of your (past) travels on instagram because it’s what makes you happy – and you know that’s all that matters.
- Love planning to visit Europe Christmas markets and make an itinerary around visiting them
- Still love to watch your wedding video trailer because it was the most perfect day ever and it’s the reason you have someone to have grand adventures with today and every day.