Susie grew up in a suburb of Cleveland, Ohio. Her family took lots of road trips around the US, but the extent of her international travel was to Niagara Falls and Windsor, Canada – hardly a stretch outside of her comfort zone! However, that all changed when she studied abroad in Nantes, France and caught a serious case of the travel bug. The excitement of hopping on a train and arriving the next morning in a new country with a completely different culture, food, and language was exhilarating.
After college, she moved to Chicago, built a career in Management Consulting, and took every opportunity to travel the world that she could, including working abroad in Rome, Paris, and London. She had no problems burning through the airline miles and hotel points earned through her extensive business travel!
A few years later, she met her husband, Jan, who shares her love of travel and exploration. Jan was born in Virginia, raised in New Jersey, and lived in New York City before relocating to Chicago for his job. As his friends predicted, he met a nice, Midwestern girl just months after moving. Aside from traveling, his biggest passion is photography. Most of the images you see featured on this site are compliments of Jan’s keen eye!
In 2013, she convinced Jan to take a yearlong career break with her. They set out with a plan to visit Asia, South America, and Europe, but ended up traversing all seven continents, 22 countries, and 22 US States during their whirlwind journey. From taking the polar plunge in Antarctica to climbing massive sand dunes in the Gobi Desert, it was an adventure of a lifetime.
Here are some stats on Susie’s travel accomplishments:
US States Visited
Months of Continuous Travel
Since returning home from their career break, Susie has been actively involved in the Chicago travel community and has spoken at several Meet Plan Go! events helping fellow travelers live out their travel dreams. She will also be speaking at the upcoming NY Trav Fest in Brooklyn on April 17, 2016.
By leveraging her extensive travel and consulting experience, she has created a business helping others turn their travel dreams into reality. Susie offers end-to-end travel coaching services ranging from assisting clients select a destination to planning and booking trips as well as ongoing support. She has partnered with Tropical Blue Travel in order to provide customers exclusive deals and a full-service experience.
Susie aims to inspire and help people turn their travel dreams into reality. She encourages people to “dabble” a little more in exploring the world, whether that’s a short road trip, a Round the World trip, or somewhere in the vast spectrum in between.