Professional tour guide, travel writer, artist and occasional architect
This week, Ira spoke with Sarah Murdoch, professional tour guide, travel writer, artist and occasional architect. In this globetrotting episode of Ira’s Everything Bagel, Sarah talks about growing up and falling in love with travel; how she ended up giving packing classes as part of her business; the basic strategy of packing; her best advice for a beginning traveler; her best advice for a veteran traveler; the best travel gadget; why she is more passionate about travel today than as a child; why it is a two-way street and establishes connections between cultures; and her future plans.
Sarah Murdoch is a professional tour guide, travel writer, artist and occasional architect. Beginning her adventures as a kid in 1985, she’s been exploring regularly since the travel bug bit her while studying in Italy in 1995. With a BA in architecture from the University of Washington, she worked as an architect before abandoning the drafting board for the allure of the open road.
In April, 2020, she founded The Guide Collective, a collaborative travel magazine and virtual tour hub. Through Adventures with Sarah, she now runs her own small group tours in Italy and guides in more exotic places with Imprint Tours.
She spends about 4 months per year abroad, guiding tours, working on guidebooks and drinking fine wine. While her heart is firmly in Italy and Sicily, she calls Seattle home and is mom to her favorite travel partners, Lucca and Nicola.