Today we’d like to introduce you to Sara Allie.
Hi Sara, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
I started my travel blog in 2018 after leaving the fashion industry and starting my career as a teacher. I still needed a creative outlet, and I could never fully put my pen down as a writer. I started my first blog in 2012 called Art of a Lady-a lifestyle blog that discussed women’s issues and topics. I shut down the blog once I started working in the fashion industry in NYC due to schedule conflicts. Coming back home to Baltimore, I wanted to start blogging again; in particular, I wanted to start blogging about my travels because many young Black women in Baltimore wanted to know about my experiences traveling internationally.
I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle-free, but so far would you say the journey has been fairly smooth?
Traveling and blogging have not been a smooth road. At first, I was afraid to travel alone, so I would wait for my friends and miss out on many opportunities to explore the world. Then I learned that I could not depend on my friends if I wanted to become a world explorer. I started traveling solo or meeting new friends in new places. It was scary to travel solo as a Black woman but exhilarating.
In regards to blogging, I had to learn to become consistent. I started blogging for myself, and over the last 3 years, I learned that I must write for my audience. That means that I must maintain consistency in my writing. I also had to learn how to create a website, build an audience, and create valuable content for my audience.
Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I am a travel blogger and travel content creator. I am proud of exploring places that most people dream about visiting, such as Iceland and Prague. I am proud that I can write about my experiences in different countries and recommend places for Black women to visit. Ultimately, I am proud that I can inspire other Black women to step out of their comfort zone and explore the world. What sets me apart from other travel bloggers is my focus on the Black woman experience: encouraging Black women to glamp, solo travel, and attend festivals. I want Black women to celebrate themselves through exploring the world.
Do you have any memories from childhood that you can share with us?
My favorite childhood memory was sitting outside my stepfather’s job and watching airplanes take off. I always looked up in the sky and said I wanted to be on that plane. My stepfather always used to reassure me that it was possible and that I would be flying all the time one day.