About Hopeful Wander

I am an eternal optimist. You shall never extinguish my light, for its fuel is found in the  humanity of this world. 


I am an Illinois native and a recently returned expat after 8 years abroad. I love any opportunity to tell you about UNESCO World Heritage and am a HUGE travel enthusiast. I am also a sister to 5 siblings that keep me on my toes constantly. It’s a beautiful thing!

In general, I spend my time working to promote the importance of the World’s cultural heritage. Recently I’ve joined the team of LoveItaly! in Rome as one of the US Ambassadors to help spread the word about their innovative crowdfunding platform for Italy’s amazing heritage. It’s pretty exciting! When I’m not doing that, I’m either traveling, writing, singing, researching, painting, or partaking in some kind of social activity with friends and family.  I suppose I’ll sleep when I’m dead.😉

Here though, I simply want to talk with you about the things that I have learned and search to know about the world. I want this blog to be a place of discussion about life and the beauty that is in it—from people and art, to places and food. I want you to begin to believe, as I do, that anything is possible. I want to show you the hope in humanity I see, that all is not lost. I want you, too, to become a hopeful wanderer.

What are you waiting for?

Come wander with me.

xx Sarah

⇒ {Hot off the Blog Press}

6 Suitcase Essentials for the Avid Traveler

While everyone doesn’t necessarily have the same needs and wants when they’re packing their bags for the next big adventure, I’ve come to find over the years that there are some certain travel essentials you just really shouldn’t leave home without.

Thinking back over the past 8 years, I narrowed it down to six personal must-haves whenever I leave home. Some might seem a bit silly, I’ve found that when you’ve got the right stuff with, you tend to feel at home wherever you are – whether it’s a short or long voyage

1. First and foremost, buy a bag you really love that meets airline requirements.

Seriously you won’t enjoy any of your travels if your luggage – be it a suitcase or backpack – isn’t comfortable for you to carry and doesn’t give you any issues with airline…Read more here.




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6 thoughts on “About Hopeful Wander

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    • Thanks Bettie! It’s great to have you reading. I hope you’ll check out my latest post! Just click the blog tab on the top menu, and you’ll find it easily.🙂 Keep the feedback coming.


  2. Sarah I love the intro image – that looks great! Really hope all is going well with your blog going forward. Thank you for the support – I’ve finally decided to really commit to the blog after some initial doubts… so will actually tell people that I’m doing it now!😀
    Becca x

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    • Hi Becca! I’m getting those updates taken care of slowly but surely! I’m hoping to have more does by the end of next week. Can’t wait to read more on yours! Thanks for stopping by and all the help as well!! 🙂


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