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Featured Smart Women Traveler: Sarah Sekula

Q: What’s the reason you’re on the road and how often do you travel?

A: I’m a freelance travel writer and all-around chronic adventurer, so I try to hit up one or two unique destinations a month. When I’m not zigzagging around the planet — scaling the steps of Chichén-Itzá, scuba diving beneath manta rays in Costa Rica or roaming the remote jungles of India — I’m writing about my adventures, the environment, health/wellness and extraordinary people.

Q: What are some of the places you visit and love?

A: I adore Park City for skiing and snowboarding. Cayman Islands for the conch fritters. Costa Rica for surfing. Right now, I’m on a flight to England to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Pudding Club. I’ll be visiting the Cotswolds, a storybook world home to centuries-old cottages, hyper-manicured hedges and part-time residents like Kate Moss and Elizabeth Hurley. I have no doubt I will love the postcard-perfect countrysides. Next on the list: Diving in Grenada and rafting in Panama. I’m up for an adventure any day of the week!

Q: What are some travel challenges you would like to reduce?

A: I hope that one day every major airport will offer free Wi-Fi. That would make my life a lot easier!

Q: Do you have any Pearls of Travel Wisdom to share?

A: Bring a battery-operated iGo gadget so you can charge your electronics anywhere. When you get to airport security, seek out the Expert Traveler line for quicker check in. Put your shoes through the X-ray machine first, so you can put them back on while waiting on your other items. If you are checking a bag, weigh your suitcase at the scale at Publix (or your grocery store) beforehand to make sure it’s not over the weight limit. If you have a long plane or bus ride, try taking Melantonin to help you snooze.

Q: Where can others reach you?

A: Follow my adventures via my blog on or through Twitter @wordzilla.

Q: Is there anything else you would like to share?

A: I’m always on the hunt for writing assignments, travel-related or not. I am a health/wellness nut, so that is another area I specialize in. I’m always open to story ideas. Feel free to e-mail me at In the meantime, happy travels to you!

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