The Sophisticated Life is a beautiful look at what life could be if you choose to go after what you truly want and create a living around it. Nadeen shares useful resources for travelers as well as an inside look of how to live a sophisticated travel lifestyle without necessarily breaking the bank. We got to speak to Nadeen on everything from why everyone can be a jetsetter, how travel has transformed her life to advice on traveling with loved ones. Learn more in our exclusive Wanderlust Wednesday interview!
You’ve done an amazing job at sharing and inspiring with The Sophisticated Life. Can you tell us a bit about what you want others to gain from the platform?
My hope is that my readers and followers will be inspired to travel the world and experience new and exciting things. This can be anything from trying new foods to meeting people of a different race and culture to listening to amazing jazz music and tasting fine wines. I do believe that knowledge breeds tolerance. I also want people to realize you can have full time job and still explore your passion for travel. I consider myself a luxury traveler on budget and I hope to how others how this can be done.
The demographic for travel bloggers these days are mostly females in their early-to-mid twenties. You do an amazing job at proving that you don’t have to fit that norm in order to live a life you love and regularly travel. What advice would you have to women who think that they “don’t fit the qualifications” to be a jet-setter?
You are right in that I do not fit that profile! I am in my mid-forties and love to explore new places and adventures every year, as well as writing about them. I think the blogging world has a wide variety or writers of different ages, race and sex so those aspiring to travel will not have to search hard to find someone who speaks to them. Absolutely anyone can be a jet-setter! My mother and her friends where the biggest jet-setters I know traveling internationally into their 80's.
You’ve spent some time in Spain. What was something you loved about your experience here? What’s something you wish could have gone a bit smoother?
I have been to Spain twice and loved it! I visited Barcelona, Madrid and Palma de Mallorca. The food, the architecture, the culture and the people were mesmerizing. Only thing I would have changed is having better weather on my last trip to Barcelona.
How has travel has changed you for the better? Was there one specific trip that had a life-changing impact for you?
Travel has literally given me life. I have been traveling since I was a few months of age between Jamaica, NYC and Florida. My Mother traveled the world and inspired me to do the same. It has absolutely changed my life for the better in so many ways. Travel gives me something to look forward to which is very important when you have a stressful and demanding career. I enjoy researching and learning about new people and places prior to going on a trip. As I mentioned before, knowledge breeds tolerance. Learning about different people and cultures and religions will give you a completely different outlook when things happen outside of your neighborhood or country. Most importantly, traveling is fun! My recent trip to South Africa was life changing. Visiting the Apartheid museum and learning abut the remaining effects of it on the people of South Africa was mind-blowing.
Aside from blogging, you’re also a physician! What wisdom would you share with those who want to grow their brand and travel while still working a conventional job?
This is certainly not easy to do but anything worth having is worth the effort that it takes. I want to prove to people that you can explore more than one passion in your life. My full time job is my first priority and I am grateful that my schedule allows time for traveling. Blogging is a continual learning process. Being part of networks which are supportive and informative have been crucial to my success. I am a terrific at multi-tasking and love staying busy so this lifestyle works for me. I will say that if you are not passionate about blogging and sharing your experiences with others then it will feel like another job and that will take the fun out of it.
You’re currently based in Atlanta and do a great job at showing that not all travel has to happen internationally. What are some of your favorite spots to explore in your city?
The Restaurants! I have an Atlanta food section on my blog with restaurant reviews. The food scene here is much more than I expected when I moved here 3 years ago. There are amazing international cuisines and notable chefs opening up new restaurants every year. There are also countless food and wine festivals to attend.
You recently got married, congrats! What advice would you have on traveling with a significant other?
Make sure that they like to travel lol. If they have a genuine interest like you do, then they will also enjoy it. Start out with long weekends and learning each other’s habits. Discuss what type of vacations and places appeal to you and find a common ground. Have each person be responsible for an aspect of the trip so both feel involved in the process and success of the trip.
Travel essentials are a must for those who are always on the move. What are 5 things you bring with you, no matter what type of trip you’re on?
My iPad and iPhone with headphones, small cosmetic bag with change of underwear, toothbrush, floss, lotion, lip gloss, toothpaste and wet wipes, a sweater or wrap and my passport.
What countries have been on your radar for a while? Share three that you’d like to visit in the upcoming year!
Cuba — booked.
Dubai — booked.
US City:Sedona — planning for June.
What do you feel is something the The Sophisticated Life brings to the blogging world that not many other travel blogs have?
I am sharing the perspective of a Black full time professional woman who enjoys luxury but on a budget. I have the experience of also being of Jamaican heritage and bringing that perspective with me when I travel to new places.
What’s next for The Sophisticated Life? What can we look forward to in the next year?
I am excited to share more of my travel, food and wine experiences with my readers as well as mini city guides which are helpful especially for short trips around the world. This year, I will also share more of my planning tips on luxury travel and more personal perspectives on the places I visit. I am learning that it is OK to write about the good and the bad in travel.
This interview was conducted by Sienna Brown. Sienna Brown is the founder of Las Morenas de España. From New York to Murcia, Spain, she is constantly on a journey to inspire and be inspired while engaging in different methods of creation. Her passion for learning about others leads her towards constant exploration and practicing the art of listening as much as she can. See more of her work here and follow her adventures on instagram.