The foundation of Crane & Sparrow is to be a community where women can not only look good but feel good and do good as well. Crane & Sparrow is a place where women can feel inspired, and lift each other up - where we celebrate our successes and others as well.
With that idea in mind, we wanted to introduce our newest weekly feature - Women Wednesday. Each week we'll be featuring a woman that is passionate about what she does in hopes to inspire and teach others along the way.
Meet Beth - the full of life travel writer at Where the F is Beth? We love following along to Beth's adventures and seeing where she's off to next. It's so inspiring watching her fearlessly live out her dreams in seeing the world.
Tell us about yourself
I’m Beth and I’m a writer.
What led you into a life of travel?
Travel has always been in my life. I’ve had a passport since I was 5 months old! When I was about 20 years old, I decided to travel to Australia for three months. I packed a bag, said a teary farewell to my parents, and flew across the world. As soon as I landed Down Under, I realized. This is it. The travel bug bit me, and boy does it itch! That three month trip I planned, became a life changing year and a half-long adventure. Since then, my passion for travel has become consuming.
Where is one place you would you return to?
I would love to travel back to Portugal. We were there for six weeks, driving and living in our van. We entered from the north, drove all the way down the west coast, and then along the south coast back to Spain. The people in Portugal were incredible - so nice, very welcoming, and almost everyone we encountered spoke English. The landscape is totally beautiful, everything was quite inexpensive, and don’t even get me started on the food and wine!
I’d love to also return to Guatemala. I was there for four weeks with my sister, learning Spanish. We spent three weeks in one place - San Pedro La Laguna - and one week in Antigua. The people were lovely. They were patient with my novice Spanish, and happy to help us or stop for a conversation to learn about us. I’d love to go back to travel more, see more of the countryside, and eat more of their delicious food.
You traveled in a van for about a year with your partner, what was that like? What kind of obstacles did you guys have to overcome?
I’m going to go back to the beginning… When Michael and I started dating, we lived five hours away from each other, so only saw each other every three or four weeks, and for a weekend at a time. After four months of this schedule, we decided to travel to Europe together. We backpacked through Italy, Switzerland, the Netherlands, the UK, Germany, and Austria together, and then, decided to buy a van, so we could ditch the trains and the Airbnbs, and build our own adventure! We went from first kiss to living in a 9ft by 5ft (2.75m by 1.5) space in nine months (holy mackerel, when I put it like that, we sound insane…).
We loved van life! It’s the only way we could have afforded to travel for so long in Europe, and when the weather in the south of Portugal and Spain grew colder, we hopped a ferry and spent a few months in Morocco! Living in a van, traveling in a van, and spending almost every moment of every day together, meant that we had to learn pretty quickly how to make it work.
Tenerife, Canary Islands
There are many people out there that would love to do what you do, what would your advice be?
I think the biggest thing I could tell someone is that this world is a wonderful place. People everywhere are wonderful and normal and just like you. Open your mind to beautiful and wonderful things happening, and beautiful and wonderful things will happen. Whether you dream of travel, or starting a business, or buying a house, now is the time! Get off social media, stop living vicariously through others, and go for it!
What has traveling taught you?
Traveling has taught me a lot about empathy. Every time I touch down in a new city or new country, I can feel my mind opening more and more. Traveling gives me the opportunity to see and understand the lives of other people. Experiencing the lives and worlds of other human beings is so addictive.
3 random facts about you.
I have a journal that I’ve been keeping every day since March 2013 - haven’t missed a day!
I’ve traveled to 39 countries! And this was the first time I’ve ever counted.
I love Star Wars and watch all the movies (in the Machete order) every year at Christmas time
Anything else you'd like to add?
I’m so excited about Crane & Sparrow. I think there need to be more female-forward clothing companies, building communities of women. More women building each other up, supporting each other, and encouraging each other to be the best versions of themselves. I’m thrilled about the mission of Crane & Sparrow and honoured to be featured on Women Wednesday! I can’t wait to read this blog every week!
[Thank you Beth!! We love hearing all these inspiring stories!]
And my own personal fav from Beth - their A Van Ah music video that you must watch!