My name is Sara and I live outside of Philadelphia with my awesome cat, Baxter. I spend most of my days teaching 3rd – 6th grade students how to play string instruments at a school roughly six minutes from my apartment. It’s the best job ever (no, really) and I honestly can’t imagine myself doing anything else.
In addition to teaching kids how to play instruments, I also play a few myself. Violin and viola are my specialties and I perform in the viola section of two local orchestras. When I’m not teaching, practicing my instruments (which I of course do all of the time), or performing, I also enjoy watching Phillies baseball, learning more about photography, knitting, and spending as much time as possible with my friends and family.
Oh, and traveling. LOTS of traveling. (Did I mention that I love traveling?)
When I was growing up, my family went to the Jersey Shore (no, not that one) every summer. Our vacations were wonderful and provided me with some of the best memories of my childhood, but they were also predictable. When I was in high school, I had my first opportunity to fly on a plane and leave the country when I traveled around Spain with some of my teachers and classmates. Then, my best friend moved to Texas the summer before our senior year of high school, and I took my first solo trip (and plane ride) out to visit her. The combination of these two experiences created a desire in me to experience more of the world outside of the small town in New Jersey where I grew up, and I’ve been traveling ever since.
“A Week, Maybe Two” is not your typical travel blog. There are so many fantastic travel blogs out there written by people who have saved up their money, quit their jobs, and are now traveling full-time. For many years, I thought that was what I wanted (and truthfully, it’s still something I consider often), but it’s just not my reality right now. I have a job and a life here in PA that I (mostly) love and I have two furry creatures who depend on me to take care of them. I’m not ready to quit my job or take off for months or years at a time…but that doesn’t mean I can’t travel!
Being a teacher, I am lucky to have ten full weeks off from work every year, as well as a handful of long weekends. Through creative scheduling, obsessive researching, careful spending, and lofty dreaming, I have traveled all over the United States, in addition to a handful of other countries. (This year, I will be adding at least five new countries to my “visited” list.) And while I’ve visited a lot of these places with others, I’ve also done a large amount of solo travel, something I am both passionate about and pretty darn good at, if I do say so myself.
The title for this blog comes from a song called “California” by Joni Mitchell. To me, that song is all about the the magic of traveling and the beauty of having a place to come home to when you’re ready for it. And that’s what you’ll find here at “A Week, Maybe Two” – posts about fitting travel into the life of a single working girl who lives the majority of her life in one place. I hope you enjoy reading about my adventures and that you are able to gain some inspiration for your own travels, as well as tips on how to make them happen!