The past couple of years have not been the best for the travel industry: The 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris have deeply impacted number of tourists visiting the city, and now the U.K. is projected to suffer a similar decline in light of recent incidents in Manchester and London. However, these downturns pale in comparison to Egypt, a former holiday hot spot where tourism numbers fell by 40% last year as a direct result of political turmoil as well as a 2015 Russian plane crash.
The startling figures and negative media coverage did not deter Sarah Richard, the blogger behind Coffee With A Slice Of Life and the founder of Girls That Scuba, from moving to Egypt in December 2016 without knowing a single soul. We invited the solo travel enthusiast — who has visited 50 countries in the last six years and has lived around the world — to explain in her own words why fear should never stand in the way of discovering new cultures and experiences.
A post shared by ✈️Sarah Richard✈️ (@coffeethentravel) on Jan 28, 2017 at 7:39am PST
Before I started traveling, I thought I was pretty set up in life. My dad’s in the property business and that influenced the path I wanted to follow: buying houses and selling them. I worked at a bank in Brighton, U.K., and saved 90% of my income to buy property. I purchased my first house at 19. I led this life because that was all I knew.
Everything changed when my mom passed away suddenly when I was 22. It happened completely unexpectedly. One minute she was talking, and the next she was gone. When my mom died, I realized I was sitting on an important gift: the gift of life …read more