Who Am I?
I’m a professional makeup artist with a bad case of wanderlust, an eye for detail, a WSET certified wino, and yes, I’m addicted to Italy.
A curious person, I’m interested in learning, creating, self discovery, connecting with people, having adventures, and discovering beauty. Travel writing and photography are just a way for me to express myself.
I say “yes” to most any opportunity for travel that comes along, so…
My first trip across the pond, I went to London. I was invited to work with a high profile session hairdresser at the World Hair Olympics. (Yes, there is such a thing. It’s a big deal!) Of course I said yes.
And then I spied a castle in the distance…
I was driving through the English countryside between Oxford and Westchester with friends, and in the distance I spotted this castle. I’d never seen anything like it before and insisted on seeing it up close. It probably wasn’t a castle, more like some huge old estate a la Downton Abbey, and my friends laughed their heads off as they watched me run around snapping pictures with my throw-away camera. To me it may as well have been Neuschwanstein, I’d never seen anything like it before.
That energy of excitement, discovery and spontaneity, that’s my travel adventure. That’s what I live for.
What you will find at Adventures of a Carry-on
You might find me stomping through vineyards in the Italian countryside, or flying over Napa Valley wineries in a hot air balloon.
I will share first-hand accounts of the places I’m traveling to including; intimate details of tours, wineries, restaurants, hotels and more. Travel lightly, experience deeply is the way I like to roll.
How it all began…
In 2008 I visited Rome for the first time and fell madly in love. Four trips later, I decided it was time to expand my horizons and explore more of the country that had captured my heart.
In 2012 I went to Panzano, a tiny town in Chianti famous for the butcher Dario Cechini; the ancient walled city of Lucca, also in Tuscany and Rome (because no trip to Italy is complete without a stop in Rome). 2013 found me in the region of Emilia Romagna where I visited Forli, Bologna, and Cesena (don’t miss the Maletesta Library). On a second trip in 2013 I went to Voghera (Napolean lived there for a while), Pavia and Milan, in the Lombardia region. Just before the end of that trip I visited romantic Lago di Orta, only an hour from Milan but in the region of Piemonte. I never dreamed I’d go any of these places, but once I made up my mind to explore Italy, opportunities magically appeared.
Today I travel mainly in the USA and Italy, with a strong focus on California and my home state (Texas), adding new destinations as I go. I often visit the same cities and venues because it allows me to have a richer experience. I’m not a serial dater. I like to develop long term relationships with the places I visit and the people I meet.
“Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or find it not.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
Adventures of a Carry-on is a place I’ve created to fill with all the things I find beautiful and inspiring – art, architecture, culture, people, food and wine and of course, travel!
“If adventures not befall a young lady in her own village, she must seek them abroad.” Jane Austen
I’d love to hear from you. Contact me here. Also if you see a photograph you love and would like a copy let me know.
For the second year in a row one of my articles made the shortlist in the Italy Magazine Blogger Awards. This year the article Bernini: Sculpting in Clay, was nominated in the category Best Post Art and Culture.
Last year the article,
How To Make An Italian Neighborhood Your Own, was nominated in the category, Best Single Post Living in Italy. Great article if you’re traveling to Rome and need some tips on restaurants, cafes, and more in Trastevere.
Podcast in which I talk about traveling solo, local and seasonal foods in Venice and Rome, and how to find accommodations.
Travel Tips From Solo Travelers – Travel and Escape
#WorkAbroad Because It’s An Invaluable Life Experience – Wandering Educators
Tripper of the Week on Tripping.com
I am the travel and style editor for Wandering Educators and have written for various beauty and spa industry publication such as: Modern Salon, American Salon, Salon Today, Today’s Diet and Nutrition.
I have also appeared on numerous broadcasts as a brand ambassador speaking on topics from skin cancer to packing for an international trip. With over 10 years working in television and video production, I have cultivated a broad skill set that can be tapped to suit your specific needs.
What I Do In My Day Job…
Want to know what it’s like to put makeup on famous faces like Brooke Shields? Read more about my life as a freelance makeup artist on my blog, pennysadler.blogspot.com
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