Hi there! I’m Sarah Groen, founder of The Traveler’s PhD. I’m SO excited you’re visiting our site!
A few months ago, my mom handed me an “autobiography” I wrote when I was 6. I was shocked to read that I had literally become the person I wrote about as a 1st grader. It was like all those business podcasts come true – “become what you wanted to be when you were little,” they say. And somehow, I had! In my kid handwriting, I had scrawled that I wanted to “travel places” and “talk Spanish!” Ok… so my Spanish isn’t really all there (yet), but it’s on the list.
Fast forward to today, and I have visited nearly 100 countries and all 7 continents. I am building two travel related companies – The Traveler’s PhD , a travel advisory business, and promoting travel via Instagram.
I have taken a round about path to get here. I first started my career in finance, but knew something wasn’t right. I then went back to school for an MBA and worked with startups and in tech investing. I quit my job, started investing on my own, and tried to start a brick and mortar business too (which failed). So I started thinking about my path, what I am really passionate about, and my purpose. One thread that has held steady was my love for travel and my belief that is is the world’s best form of education. Travel brings with it joy, adventure, difficulties – but it is also a deep learning experience. So my “why” started to come into full clarity: it is to inspire and enable people to travel widely, making the world a more tolerant and better place.
I’m finally living that “why” full time and here we are. I’m so excited to welcome you to the Traveler’s PhD community so we can inspire even more people to travel widely together. Please share with your family and friend who love travel as well, and sign up for our newsletter to be notified when we launch!