Oh, hello there.
My name is Victoria, I’m a (freelance) writer, (amateur) photographer, (self-taught) designer, (hopeful) traveler, (full-time) coordinator, (avid) reader, (wannabe) educator, and (global) observer. And that’s the short list.
My academic background is in history, global affairs, and political science; primarily focused on the Middle East. I grew up in the region, and as an American, am all-too-often inundated with questions like “Do you speak Saudi?” Often, this question is asked by people who follow it up with, “I’ve always wanted to go to the Middle East!”
Hm, without knowing anything about it?
I started Safar because I not only believe it’s important to be conscientious travelers — which includes learning about the customs, people and cultures of the places you visit — but also for people to understand that we do not live in a black-and-white world.
That in fact, our world is a kaleidoscope of color. Which actually encompasses more than just the planet we rent BMW vans, and book expensive tickets to traverse.