Hello World! I’m Sarah, The Five Foot Traveler, and I choose to dream out loud. After conquering a crippling fear of flying, I’ve developed an unquenchable passion for traveling. Since my newfound freedom, I have set foot on all seven continents, explored 104 countries, and continue to strive to live life to the fullest. My highlights include paragliding through the Swiss Alps, ringing in the New Year on Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro, jumping off the world’s highest bungee bridge in South Africa, trekking through Patagonia, seeing sea lions bathe their newborn pups in the Galapagos Islands, hiking from the Mediterranean Sea to the Sea of Galilee in Israel, bushcamping in the Okavango Delta in Botswana, and polar plunging in Antarctica on Christmas Day.
The reality is that I hunger for more. I want to eliminate the stereotype and prove that women can hang with the guys, even someone only five feet tall! Because of my size and gender, people are concerned for me when I travel. No, I won’t get kidnapped in Brazil or sold as a sex slave in Thailand or become infected with Ebola in Africa – I refuse to live my life in fear. I will not shy away from anyone, anything or anyplace. I have been chased by Jordanian thugs, unceremoniously dumped from a bus in the middle of the Argentinean desert, eaten caterpillars with African tribes, and swam in the icy waters of Antarctica on Christmas Day.
I want to leave my footprint on the world, all while smiling, laughing, and discovering our extraordinary planet. More than anything in my life, traveling has prepared me for adult independence. From planning trips, to navigating foreign cities, to fostering international friendships, I’ve learned more about myself than I ever did in University. It’s forced me to put myself out there, to figure out the answers to my own questions, to manage my own finances, and to be creative when confronted with unexpected roadblocks. It’s taught me to appreciate the life that I’ve been given by opening my eyes to various cultures and customs worldwide.
And this is only the beginning. Are you ready to jump into this adventure with me? Let’s go.