The world is big and beautiful if you choose to see it that way. Variety is the spice of life – and I want to travel and taste as many spices as I can, while I can. I invite you to travel along with me via my blog.
Whenever I travel, I like to use all my senses – taking in the vistas, the smells, the sounds, and definitely tasting my way through each town. I search for the non-touristy genuine gems, and for the unique charm that each place offers. I love to walk a lot and explore the less beaten path just to see where it leads — which is usually to food…. I take a lot of photos and I enjoy meeting interesting people along the way. I explore our differences and similarities, and mostly I enjoy the wonders of wandering internationally.
Follow my blog and social media, and travel with me—virtually—anywhere!
What’s in a name?
You might wonder how the name of the blog came about. Here is an easy way to remember it:
The name of the blog came from a combination of terms: Great Escape + Great Expectations; I have great expectations about my great escape from my desk job. I dare to dream that there is a better-spent life out there for me, doing more of what I love: travel, taste, photograph, and write.
Why this blog?
My husband and I are avid travelers and we never miss a chance to explore, usually internationally. Years into my professional life, I still found myself craving something more. Travel has always been a great way to hit the reset button before returning to the 9 to 5 routine. Sometime soon after I started this blog, I became acutely aware of our limited time on Earth and ached for freedom – to explore, to see more beauty, to experience, to write – and to make my own schedule. In 2018, I quit my day job (think major burnout) and went out on a limb: we bought an RV and set to explore the US and Canada for a year, together with our two dogs. The trip has been epic, as one could imagine. We were ten months into our trip when COVID-19 hit. Even if we had to change our plans, I am thankful every day that we took the chance and traveled while we could.
Today, my husband and I find joy in the 300+ sunny days that Colorado has to offer. To be honest, though, after having found the taste of freedom on the road, it’s a hard adjustment to be in one spot, so as soon as this “plague” is over, we’re probably hitting the road again….
Until then, I am happy to write about our previous travels, and discover the beautiful nature in our “back yard,” the Rockies.
Thank you for stopping by! I hope you follow and enjoy my blog – and I invite you to follow me on social media, too. I would love to hear from you about what you enjoyed the most, and about some of your favorite travel destinations, so please reach out.
I am Oana (pronounced “wanna,” like in “wanna dance?”) Harrison, a marketing professional, content creator/writer, traveler and foodie.
I grew up in Transylvania, Romania, in the beautiful mountain town of Brasov (about an hour’s drive from “uncle” Dracula’s castle). I came to the US to attend college in 1997 and I graduated from Berea College with a degree in Business Administration, and a minor in Spanish. Next, I moved to Knoxville, Tennessee to pursue an MBA degree in marketing from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. After graduation, I provided marketing services to B2B and B2C companies, both full time and as a consultant. I met my husband in Knoxville and we lived in the area for eighteen years before moving west, to Colorado.
All photos, unless otherwise noted, are copyrighted to me.