Online Lives: Sarah Slattery, The Travel Expert

Travel blogger Sarah Slattery gave up her career as a travel agent to start her blog, TheTravelExpert.ie.

“I was a travel agent for 24 years before starting my own business three-and-a-half years ago,” Sarah said.

“It was a big leap of faith but I could see more and more people were looking to book holidays online. 

"I spotted a gap for a travel blog offering destination advice as well as tips on where and how to find the best travel deals so decided to take the plunge.”

She set up her website while in her forties and relished the challenge.

“I did find it difficult at the beginning, but then most people probably say that when they change career.

“I am also a bit older than most of the travel bloggers out there. 

"Starting a travel blog at 43 was probably a little crazy, but thankfully it worked!”

Sarah says that although she is a married mum-of-two, Luke, 10, and Alex, 7, she has continued touring the world.

“I have travelled to 50 countries and thankfully having kids hasn’t stopped that.

“The kids are really well travelled and come on many trips with me so they have seen a lot of the world at such a young age and take it all in their stride.

“I love showing them different places and cultures.

“I probably should have started the blog earlier. I had travelled to so many places with Cormac before we started our family.

“All I have from trips to places like Australia, Zanzibar, Kenya and Tanzania are great memories and photo albums.

“I’ll just have to go back, I guess.”

Her enviable lifestyle has attracted a lot of interest, and Sarah believes focusing on typical holiday has been key to her success.

“Unlike most travel blogs, I focus mainly on Irish consumers and mainstream holidays. 

"I write about places where I would holiday myself — not backpacking in Thailand but also not necessarily five-star either.

“TheTravelExpert.ie now contains a mixture of city breaks, sun holidays, long-haul destinations, cruise holidays and family holidays. 

"I also have lots of travel tips and travel deals.”

Speaking from Spain, Sarah said her lifestyle has afforded her much freedom and she is proud of her work.

“It is my full-time career now and I love it. I like being my own boss, deciding what jobs I want to take and the freedom it brings.

“I am really proud of what I have achieved in such a short space of time. 

"My website now has an average of 55k monthly visitors, I have over 35k social media followers and 5500 newsletter subscribers.”

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