Meet Sherry

DSC_4063Looking back, my decision to resign from a traditional 8 to 5 job and take care of my mother, was the beginning of a wonderful chapter in my life! Working in the corporate world for 30 years and raising a son left little time to discover my likes and dislikes. I soon discovered that traveling is in my blood (I’ve moved over 40 times) and have been fortunate to be able to explore 60 countries, via Couchsurfing, Airbnb, VRBO, and some of the more conventional ways.

Starting my own meetup, entitled “Travel Spirit Meetup”, enabled me to take 13 people through 9 countries in Europe for a month in the summer of 2014, 6 people to Turkey in 2015, 3 people through 3 countries in Central America in 2016, and 2 people through 8 countries in Europe for a month in the summer of 2016!  I’ve had time to take some photography classes and am now a Photographer and Travel Writer for Cincinnati Refined, in addition to taking senior, family, and other types of photographs through my own business.

Teaching myself how to use Lightroom, making over 250 new Recipes in 18 months, and starting this blog which now has over 5,000 followers have been a few of my recent accomplishments. Hiking to the bottom of the Grand Canyon solo, finishing my first half marathon, hiking for over 3 days to Machu Picchu in Peru, sky diving, and traveling over 5,000 miles in an Overland Truck through six African countries, camping most of the way are a few more.

I’m a Veteran having served in the U.S. Army for four years, stationed in Germany for the majority of that time and have my B.A. in Business from the University of Texas at Dallas.  I live in a suburb of Cincinnati, Ohio and have a 28-year-old son on his own.

I’m a Life Hugger and hope to inspire others with my positive enthusiasm and set an example of what someone can accomplish at any age!

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Remember…don’t take yourself or life too seriously!  Some parting photos…I like to pick up people.  It started on my 1st honeymoon in Cancun in 1987…

p.s.  I stopped doing that after the trip to Turkey in 2015…too hard on my back. 🙂


Your visits are my reward.

I prefer not to accept awards…thank you for the thought!

662 thoughts on “Meet Sherry

  1. There only one word that I can think of to describe you blog, “amazing”. I would to ask you question. I to would like to travel one day, but just like you, am also looking for employment. How to people such as yourself afford to travel so much? I have a lot of friend who travel here and there, I wonder, how can they afford to travel so much. Is it just saving money or just looking for those travel deals? Thanks!:)


    • Thank you so much for the sweet compliment Mike! To answer your question, it’s a combination of both. Also, if you join you can stay with people for free and learn from locals about the area…and make new friends. There are tricks and tips for less expensive travel. For example, if you’re going to dine out, go out for lunch, it’s generally less expensive and then have something light for dinner, or if you’re in a place with a kitchen, you can cook something quickly. I should do a post about all of the tips I’ve learned through the years. Perhaps you should go to bartender school and as you travel, get a job as a bartender everywhere you go for part of the visit…it’s called slow travel. Good luck and thanks for the follow!!


  2. I will so enjoy following your blog! I just one of your Amsterdam Posts and was struck by your generosity in highlighting other bloggers who have related posts. I’ve been starting to do this, too, but not quite in the same way. Thanks for the inspiration!


  3. Thank you for picking up my blog, TS. I hope you like what you find. I have just returned the favor, and hope to discover more happy times like the Cinco de Mayo downtown fiesta. Have a great seis de Mayo!


  4. Travel Spirit, it was wonderful seeing your Gravatar on my pages the other day, and especially on that story
    which was an important write for me. just thought i’d visit a bit to ty and say hi, your pics are really beautiful.


  5. Sherry, thank you for you’re recent visit to my blog. I love your energy and perspective towards life. I also do yoga and currently having to take it easy because of a minor knee injury. I couldn’t ask for a better time (during the holidays) to reflect on things while healing. Reflection and healing.. is like getting 2 experiences for the price one! Hope you’re having a wonderful holiday!


  6. Sherry, you’re a real power woman! 🙂 may I ask where you were stationed in Germany? (Hubby is stationed in Ramstein) Your blog is awesome! I’m def going to follow! Can’t wait for more adventures to come on here! Greetings from Germany! 😉


  7. Sherry
    I notice a post of your on Andrews site in Ecuador. You mentioned the thought of spending some time there to consider whether it might be a good place to live. I would invite you to peruse my webpage, for what I believe will be some great information to further you along with that thought.

    Married to my Ecuadorian sweetheart for 43 years, having lived in Quito for 10 years with my own business, retiring there in 2014 will give you some idea that I both know and love Ecuador. But see for yourself. I could go on for pages as I am both a word merchant and writer, whatever that is.

    Feel free to ask for any info you desire.



  8. Enjoyed reading your blog – very inspiring to a cougar and the photos are out of this world. Love that you started to pick up people. Say hey if you are ever in Manhattan. We’ll have a drink together and be sure to have a blast.


  9. hi Sherry, i am really enjoying the high energy thoroughout your blog this morning, ty for beginning my day so positively.
    i just thought i’d visit a bit to acknowledge and thank you for following my poetry and writing, encouragement is always really appreciated. peace.


  10. Oh yes…I’m a baby boomer from the fifties! It’s great to see how your mission to inspire and empower others has become a lifelong goal. People who inspire and empower others are like angels from heaven in a world that needs more. I like your comment about not always taking life too seriously all the time – my motto exactly. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. Get the job done then go out and play. Balance…it’s the key to a happy and healthy life, but I think you already know that…right?


  11. Haha, sure you’re strong picking up people like that 🙂 Great to read at you have so much fun and inspire so many people. Seeing what you do makes me feel old, and I’m in my 20s… haha, I gess I need to travel more 🙂


  12. Best wishes for journeys ahead. On one hand you and I are similar –we like the great outdoors but on the other hand, we each are quite different.
    Yea, boomer too @54. What are you??


  13. Thanks so much checking out I hope your adventures will take you to see some Ohio shows. Gallery Hop in the Short North in Columbus is a MUST next time you think of stopping in Columbus. Enjoying your pictures


  14. Howdy!

    This picking people up bit is weird in a funny kind of way.

    I wonder what would happen if someday you went over to Japan and met a bunch of Sumo Wrestlers… 😉


  15. Thanks for visiting and liking the ‘Purple Iris’. Hopefully you will be back for more, while I bring my blog up to scratch….You have a great blog yourself and I wish you well in your job search (similarities there). Here’s a follow. MM 🏃


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  18. Nice energy. And, wow, muscles. I’m glad you’re having fun with your life. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Peace, John


  19. I used to pick up all the guys, too! I have a hella strong back…I love your blog–your energy translates across the GUI, and I look forward to sharing adventures!! I dream of going to Machu Picchu, one day…lucky duck!! 🙂


  20. Thanks for visiting my blog at and liking my latest post. I like to read travel and photo blogs and look forward to reading your posts. As a new blogger, a “like” from an experienced blogger is quite a compliment to me.


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