Featured Blogger: Jerriann from Being Abroad!

Check out my interview with Jerriann Sullivan, an award-winning journalist! The L.A. Times, Chicago Tribune, and NBC News have published her work. She is the travel editor for Being Abroad. In 2015, she lived in Florida, California, Washington, and Georgia, making many stops across the United States in between. In 2016, she will be hiking in Patagonia among many other adventures.

1. First of all, what are your website and social media links?

Being Abroad is the website. And here are the Instagram, Twitter, and Facebookpages. I also post a ton of other travel photos on my own Instagram.

2. How did you come up with your website name?

I wanted the name to represent the act of traveling. Being abroad is such a different experience than being at home, surrounded by friends and family, and I wanted the name to immediately clue the reader in on what they would find – inspiration to travel more.

3. What more can you tell us about your blog? What are your goals or intentions for it?

It is a mix of high-resolution photography, and useful information travelers need when visiting different places. We don’t publish click bait articles. The primary goal is to inspire more people to visit new places and meet new people, whether it is in their homestate or another country.

4. Can you provide us with a Throw Back Thursday picture of one of your favorite travel memories with an explanation?

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I have had the privilege of visiting Maui three times, and my favorite memory from those trips is watching the sunrise at Haleakalā National Park. Get there an hour before to see the stars then watch the sky turn into a fiery masterpiece.

5. Which are your favorite and least favorite cities you’ve traveled to? Why?

I don’t think one can visit Paris too many times. It is always romantic, and the food is always delicious. Visiting Ireland was a nightmare but only because of Aer Lingus. They canceled our flight four times, refused to update passengers on the status, and one attendant yelled at me when I asked for an update. We are excited to visit Ireland again, but will be using a different airline.

6. What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever eaten? Where?

Alligator in Florida.

7. Who are your travel idols?

Carol Cain of Girl Gone Travel and Don George, who has written for everyone for decades.

8. What’s your best travel tip?

Learn CPR and how to respond to emergency situations. You never what could happen.

9. Which is your favorite post you’ve written?

This post on Antelope Canyon is one of my favorites because people always tell me how much they love the photos I took. I’ve been taking photos for years as a journalist, but writing has always been my primary passion. It is great when people enjoy something you create just for fun.

10. What advice would you give to someone new to travel blogging?

Don’t compare the first stages of your work with someone else’s success that they’ve contributed years of time to achieve. If you are feeling unmotivated step away from your computer and read a magazine, go to a museum, or go for a long walk. It is important to find inspiration from various sources.

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