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Hey everyone! I’m Samantha, the face behind A Truthful Traveler.

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Who is A Truthful Traveler?

I am a 20-something mom, wife, photographer, educator and lover of all flowers.

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I spent my formative years growing up in Toronto, Canada but always longed for the ocean and mountains. When I finished university I bought a one way ticket to British Columbia, where I spent an amazing but tiring year growing the minds of little kidlets.

After getting married I moved to Seattle, WA, which I proudly call home today! We love where we live! An hour in any direction can take me to forests, mountains, or ocean water.

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The newest addition to our adventure crew arrived this March; Noel (rhymes with Joel!) is busy figuring out the world around him!

Why “A Truthful Traveler”?

Do you love to travel? It is rare I meet anyone these days who hasn’t ventured out into the world. With the invention of Pinterest and Instagram you can plan your own adventures easily, with a world of resources at your fingertips.

And that is how I found my passion for travel. I dreamed of Cinque Terre and Chichen Itza long before I ever saw them. I pinned to boards and saved photos showing me the world’s most beautiful places. It started small: planning camping trips, and graduated to putting together detailed itineraries for multi-state road trips.

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When I finally got a chance to see my plans come to life, they hardly ever worked out as expected. Travel was beautiful, but far from perfect. It seemed to me that all the depictions I had seen in photos, on websites and in writing were misleading; showing all of the good and glossing over much of the bad.

My honeymoon was the spark that lit the flame. In between eating gelato, strolling the streets of Paris and discovering my roots in the UK, we managed to miss trains, overbook ourselves and make a whole lot of mistakes. On the plane ride home I jotted down my initial notes for what would become A Truthful Traveler. I would share my highs and my lows. The good, the bad, and the downright messy.

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In the last few years I have shared stories from all around the world, and every single place I have been comes with lessons learned. I share these experiences not to discourage travel, or to discount the amazing experiences that come from it. My hope is that when you read my posts you can laugh, and relate to the fact that travel is real life. I hope that next time you travel one (or more!) of my tips can help you out. That your travel becomes better because of it!

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