About The Author
38 countries, 73 cities, and well over 39,000 pictures sums up how blessed my travel life has been over the last few years.
Born in Boston, Massachusetts I grew up as a bit of a homebody. I never really traveled much growing up, nor did I ever have the desire to. Truth be told, the idea of living far away from Boston terrified me, so I was content with where I was.
Like many, it was a life change that inspired me to travel. In 2010, after the long road of getting back on my feet after a break up, I decided it was time to go. I packed up all of my belongings into three suitcases and headed off for Galway, Ireland. Despite having family heritage and dual citizenship, I didn’t know anybody there, I just left to start fresh and help clear my head. Little did I know that I would get bit by the travel bug and become intoxicated with seeing new places and experiencing new cultures.
It’s hard to describe the feeling I get from travel, it’s a wide combination of things really. It’s an appreciation for the blessings I have to see what I’ve seen and travel where I’ve been to; an eagerness to learn about a new culture, try new foods, speak new languages, experience new customs and the desire to immerse myself into something new and exciting. I can say without a shadow of a doubt that this whole experience has changed and continues to change me as a person. I am so thankful for that.
Before I left home to move to Ireland, I had been fostering a hobby of photography that I am so thankful to say has grown into something so much more since I have been traveling. If you would like to see more of my photos, feel free to check out my work both on Facebook or and my Redbubble page. You can also follow me on Twitter or Instagram with the tag @TravelSmaht. I am always interested in hearing a good travel story and getting additional tips, feel free to contact me directly as well.
So where did the name come from?
When traveling, one of the first things people notice about me when I travel is my Boston accent, which I’m very proud of and, very happy to say, has not dwindled at all since I’ve been living in Europe. The name is a bit of a tribute to how many Bostonian’s speak, i.e. dropping the “R” from many of the words that they say like: “cah” instead of car, “bah” instead of bar, and “smaht” instead of smart. Influence also came from a phrase said in one of my favorite movies (this is the whole scene but the phrase is said at 2 min 5 sec into the video). My friends can attest that I have said this on more than a few occasions: