Hello there! Thanks for stopping by and for taking a little time to learn a little bit more about me. I’m Jennifer, the creator of this travel blog, World On A Whim.
Right now would probably be the perfect time to bust out the crazy life narrative, but I’ll be honest, my story isn’t too different from others who caught the travel bug before me. My first foray into the world of international travel began when I studied abroad in Barcelona, Spain, in 2009. Up until that point, I had grown up and gone to school in Los Angeles, California, and while I had done the domestic family trip a couple times a year, living in a new city across the world really fostered this passion for exploration. In Barcelona, I had what I guess could be classified as your classic study abroad experience -- I missed a midterm to visit Sevilla, partied all night in Ibiza, saw the pope in Rome, and climbed the Eiffel Tower in Paris. I fell in love with Europe and with Spain and decided to move abroad after graduating from UCLA with a Bachelors in Political Science. I did an internship in Washington D.C. with the Executive Office of the President during the summer of 2011, and moved to Madrid immediately after to teach English through the Spanish Government program, Auxiliares de Conversacion. BTW, if you’re thinking about living abroad, this program is a great way to balance work and travel and you can be completely self-sufficient while doing so.
While in Madrid, I quickly began to create inspiring content via my travel blog. HA! If only I started my blog in 2012. Nope. I started in 2015 in a completely oversaturated market. I came home after a year teaching in Madrid culminating in a three-month summer Europe backpacking trip and immediately started working as a consulting analyst at Deloitte. Yeah..not quite how it went down. I came home after backpacking Europe and tried a host of different jobs and careers with this constant inner monologue which basically consisted of an actual seesaw in my brain: doing something “important” versus doing something that made me happy. It took two years and a whole lot of stress after I started my blog in December 2015 to consciously make the leap from hobbyist to full-time travel blogger.
I always get asked the question, “What makes my travel blog unique?” And in my head, I’m like whyyyy?!?! I am generic AF. Games of Thrones is my favorite TV show, Harry Potter my favorite book series, and I should have made cheesy pasta a thing before Corinne from the Bachelor did because I have been consuming that carbo load daily FOR YEARS. But, it takes a lot of gumption to forgo a steady income for an uncertain future in this new industry. Sure, I create travel itineraries and share travel mishaps and tips that may be found elsewhere. But I have an immense passion for what I write. As a traveler, I am strategic in my planning, experienced, and can impart deep knowledge to help others overcome their fears about travel and start planning the most memorable trip.
And that is why my day is made when I receive an email from a reader asking me something as simple as what mode of transport to take from Santorini to Mykonos in February or in what order they should visit the cities of Andalucia. There is nothing more exhilarating in life than meeting new people, cultivating relationships and having shared experiences that you wouldn’t have had if you did not travel. Growth happens when you go outside of your comfort zone and while traveling, you will do this every single day. So if you need assistance along the way, email me, DM me, or send me an owl because I want to help you realize your travel goals.
In person, I much prefer to learn about who I’m with rather than share about myself, so I would love for you to comment and tell me a bit more about you and what crazy, deep, dark, Google/Instagram hole you fell down in to find yourself here! And, if you want to take it to the next step in our relationship, connect with me on one of these social platforms and say hi. Or maybe something slightly more clever than that...no pressure though 🙂