Hey, my name is Sophie and I’m addicted to traveling the world. And vegan food.
My love for travel started with a school trip.
I was a sophomore in high school and in my second year of taking German. The following summer, students had the opportunity to go on a trip to Germany, Austria, and Switzerland to learn more about the culture and German language. I was apprehensive about it first, but when I made the official decision to go with fellow students and friends on the adventure, I started getting excited!
It was my first time going overseas and I didn’t know what to expect, but holy buckets, the trip blew my mind.
After growing up in a small Minnesotan town, I wasn’t expecting the culture shock I experienced. The continent of Europe is very different; much more densly populated and a completely different culture than what I’d grown up in.
But that didn’t stop me from falling in love with the adventure.
Thus, my addiction to traveling the world was put into place.
After that first trip, I didn’t travel anywhere too far for a few years (and it was disheartening to say the least). My family frequently took trips to other destinations in the United States – like Montana, Florida, and Arizona – but I longed to go back to Europe and experience the culture there.
Then, I started college at the University of North Dakota. And decided that I wanted to study abroad. After doing some research on various study abroad programs and locations, I picked a summer program in Salzburg, Austria and made it my goal to get there. I told myself, “it’s going to happen.”
And it did.
During the summer of 2014, I packed up my things and after just a hop and a skip across the big ole’ pond called the Atlantic Ocean, I landed in Salzburg, Austria to spend a month studying at the University of Salzburg and living it up in the culture-filled city.
The month just flew by. It’s safe to say, a month was not long enough. When I returned home, I yearned everyday to go back and hang out with the friends I made there.
A year passed by and I had the chance to go back. It was almost the summer of 2015 and my sister, who was a senior in high school, wanted to go on the high school German trip but didn’t want to go with anyone in her class – so I grudgingly volunteered (ha-ha).
I was going back to Europe, and with my sister! My joy was unprecedented.
After we returned home from the trip, I set a goal for myself: I was going to go backpacking after graduating from college so I could experience the world — before I had to set foot into the real world (ya know, like getting a real, big girl job and whatnot).
So, now here we are. I’ve started this travel blog to help me reach those goals and share my travel stories with others! Inspiring anyone who reads to explore what’s out there.
Keep reading below to find out why I travel as a vegan…
Here's a cute lil' slideshow of me and some friends (ahem, animals*)
One big goal of mine is to show others how easy it is to travel as a vegan.
Why am I vegan? Or why do I want to show others traveling as a vegan isn’t hard, you might ask?
Well, I made the decision to adopt a plant-based and vegan lifestyle in March 2015. Now, and at the time, it’s the best choice I’ve made for myself. I’m über passionate about it and really like talking about the benefits of the lifestyle to others. It has really changed me and my outlook on life.
But I can understand that it’s sometimes difficult to eat this way; traveling to unknown areas, not knowing where you can get a plant-based meal and whatnot.
That’s why I’m here!
I hope you follow me along my travels and maybe after seeing what I’m eating, you’ll consider trying a vegan dish once in a while 😉
Social media links so you can wander along with Sophie!
You still wanna learn some more about me? SURE!
Here are some random facts about Sophie:
- I grew up in a small town in northern Minnesota with a population of about 8,000. It was sometimes the worst and sometimes the best. Everyone knows each other but secrets and gossip spread like wildfire. It’s weird. And annoying.
- I have the typical midwest accent. If you would like to hear it, please watch this video: “Sh*t Minnesotans Say” on YouTube and you’ll understand (NOTE: my accent isn’t THAT bad). Also, yes, we do say a good majority of that shit.
- The town/city where I lived and attended college is the coldest city in the continental United States. So, in other words, I can pretty much survive anything.
- I have one sister, who is one of my best friends and I love dearly.
- My family has a golden retriever named Bennett. He’s seriously the favorite child (dog). And the love of my life.
- I have one tattoo – featured above. It’s a map of the continents on my left wrist.
- I eat a lot of rice and beans. (yes, I’m the typical vegan. GO PLANTS!)
- Currently, my favorite country is Austria.
- As far as I know, I’m not allergic to anything. *Score*
- I graduated from the University of North Dakota in May 2017 with a major in Marketing and a minor in International Business.
- A favorite quote of mine is: “Every kind word, every smile you offer to someone who might be having a bad day comes back you to you in ways you’d never expect.”
- Another one is: “Adventure awaits.” (Hence, the home page of my blog.)
- One of my BIGGEST pet peeves is mouth noises. I know. Weird. I just hate the sound of loud breathing and the chewing of a mouth wide open. It’s gross. Stop it.
- I’ve been told I’m super oblivious. I suppose I can admit I’m not the best at paying attention.
- Some movies I’m always super psyched to watch: any Harry Potter movie, LOTR series (including the Hobbit trio), Star Wars, or pretty much any nerdy series.
- I’m very, very passionate about traveling (duh).
If you want to know anything else, just shoot me an email!
Wander on fellow travelers and get lost on purpose,