All month I feature travel bloggers who are not millennials. As one of the few bloggers whose growth I have witnessed, after featuring her in my favorite travel bloggers post, it is an honor to interview Mrs. Nadeen. Read more:
Tell us about yourself! What do you do?
I am a Pediatrician and work in a Children's Hospital in Atlanta. Since I was a little girl, I dreamt of becoming a doctor, and it is my biggest accomplishment. Also, I am the creator and editor of the award-winning travel and lifestyle blog, The Sophisticated Life
What city do you hail from and what do you like most about your hometown?
I am of Jamaican heritage and grew up in Jamaica and the Northeast. I have lived in Atlanta for almost five years, and I love it! Atlanta has great weather, a lot of distinct neighborhoods to explore and the food scene amazing! I am a major foodie and just compiled a list of my favorite restaurants in Atlanta.
Where were your favorite places to travel to in the world and why?
I went to Thailand in January 2017, and it quickly became my favorite place that I have traveled to; the people were so friendly, and the landscape is so diverse. And of course all that delicious Thai food!
I have also traveled to South Africa twice, and I recommend it to everyone. The history of the country and race relations there is so compelling. Not to mention going on safari was a bucket list item come true.
Why do you think it is important to travel?
I say this all the time: travel breeds tolerance. When you travel, meet and connect with people of all races and cultures it opens your mind. You are less likely to be afraid or wary of others who may not look, act or dress like you.
What do you want your legacy to be?
I would love for people to be inspired to pursue all of their passions. As a physician, my friends and family didn't initially understand why I started a travel blog. My answer was "Why not?" A person is allowed to pursue more than one passion in their lifetime. I hope that I have inspired others that work full-time also to incorporate travel into their lifestyle.
Anything else you would like to add for those who want to travel but aren't sure how to?
Advice for newbie travelers is not to be intimidated by those who travel big and go far. Start small if you have to. Go on a road trip in your home state. Take a train to a neighboring state or even do a "staycation" in your hometown and explore new areas.
Well, there you have it! I definitely felt inspired! Visit her blog and follow her on social media:
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