Who is Sierra Morehardt and what is her travel story?

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Name? Sierra Morehardt

IG? @atlasinourhands

Age?  I’m 21 years old.

Homebase? I live in San Diego, CA.

Day job? I am a Quality Software Engineer at ServiceNow.

Solo or group travel? I travel with my boyfriend, Joe.

Favorite airline?  My favorite airline is Southwest

How many countries have you visited?  I have visited 8 countries (Aruba, The Bahamas, Canada, Costa Rica, France, Greece, Mexico, New Zealand).

Favorite city and why?  My favorite city is Queenstown, New Zealand because of it’s stunning scenery and range of activities. The city is set on the shores of a crystal clear lake and is surrounded by breath-taking mountain views.

Top bucket list destination?  My top bucket list destination is Petra, Jordan.

Airbnb or hotel?  I usually choose airbnb over staying in a hotel. My favorite airbnb was in Glide, Oregon. It was a beautiful cabin on a river with a private swimming hole, and the host left us a bottle of wine for our stay!

When and why did you first get the travel bug?  My boyfriend had the travel bug and it turns out its contagious!

Most memorable trip?  The most memorable trip I took was island hopping in Greece with Joe this past summer. We visited Santorini, Naxos, and Mykonos and spent two nights on each island. Santorini had amazing views, Naxos had beautiful beaches, and Mykonos was overcrowded, overpriced and overrated.

Best travel advice for new travelers?  The best travel advice I could give to new travelers is to not live by a guidebook.  Traveling can throw you lots of curveballs and mess with the plans you made for the trip, but you’ve got to roll with the punches and make the best of it even if something goes terribly wrong.

What’s your secret to affording the ability to travel?  We use travel rewards to pay for most of our flights, and when we don’t have rewards, we look for the most affordable options. In general, we spend less on accommodations and more on experiences.

Do you have a travel blog we should check out?  We don’t have a travel blog yet, but Joe and I are planning on starting one soon to share more about the trips we feature on our travel page. It will have the same name as our instagram handle!

Upcoming travel plans?  Our next trip is to Tahoe in a couple of weeks for a ski weekend! We’re also going to Portugal this summer for over two weeks, but thats much further out and not fully planned yet.

Anything else you want us to know?  If you’re ever in the LA or SD area, shoot us a message! Or if you’re not going to be in the area but want to talk, also shoot us a message. We love meeting new people!

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