Hello! My name is Sarah and I am one of the founders of Guided MissDirection. From as far back as I can remember, I have always loved adventure. Growing up, my family would go on road trips across North America to explore new states, visit different baseball stadiums, find our way around National Parks and go to as many museums as possible. Although we never traveled internationally as a family, our trips were always planned to incorporate local experiences and learning opportunities. These simple family vacations provided me with the opportunity to see almost all 50 states and initiated my love for traveling. These trips gave me a sense of adventure and taught me to explore outside of my comfort zone.
At the beginning of 2017, my passion for international travel began while backpacking through Southeast Asia with Danielle (Co-Founder of Guided MissDirection). We stayed for months in Sri Lanka, Vietnam and Thailand. My favorite part of this experience was living with local families at homestays. We met so many amazing and selfless families while traveling who continuously showed us kindness and taught us countless life lessons. Learning to completely immerse myself in a new culture was the most life-changing experience I have ever had. By starting Guided MissDirection, Danielle and I hope to provide you with these local experiences every place you go!
One of my favorite activities to do while traveling is hiking! I have hiked through countless National Parks in the United States and Southeast Asia and plan on continuing this passion all over the world. Hiking with the local Hmong women in the beautiful mountains of Sapa has been one of my favorite adventures yet.
I also love trying new, outdoor activities. While in Sri Lanka, I learned to surf for the first time, and in Thailand, I had the opportunity to go snorkeling with whale sharks! I have also been learning to sail on Lake Michigan in my free time. These have all been amazing experiences and I can't wait to help others experience new adventures as well!