Real People: Steph Zanoria

Many of us say we want to travel for a living. Meet someone who actually does!

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Steph works in a cruise ship and has been to some of the most jaw-droppingly gorgeous places on earth. When I was interviewing her for this feature, I impulsively told her how jealous I was of her photos, and her reply contained the insight that, looking back, is probably the one I most treasure throughout this Real People series. She said: behind those photos is a lot of hard work. She was of course referring to the challenging aspects of working on a cruise ship. Many of us say we want to travel for a living but how many of us are willing to take on a service-oriented job where we might have to deal with difficult demands and difficult people on a daily basis? How many of us are willing to go for months without seeing the people we love most in the world? So, yeah, those beautiful photos belie the sacrifices behind the smiles.

But Steph’s answer is also meaningful for all of us, no matter what our work happens to be. Behind our gorgeous travel photos is a lot of hard work: we work hard to make money to travel. We do it out of love: because we love the road, because we love the people with whom we are traveling, because we love learning about the lives of others, because we love the feeling of being alive. Here’s to the journeys that make life worthwhile! Wishing you all more of the things you love.

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NAME
Steph Zanoria
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OCCUPATION
Guest Relations
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HOW DO YOU FUND YOUR TRAVELS?
Traveling is what I do for a living. Save before you spend.
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WHERE WAS YOUR MOST RECENT TRAVEL?
Greece & Turkey
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WHERE ARE YOU GOING NEXT?
Spain & Egypt
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WHAT ARE THE PLACES AT THE TOP OF YOUR TRAVEL BUCKET LIST?
Paris, Milan, Ibiza, New York, South Africa, Sorrento & Capri
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FAVORITES
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DESTINATION
Koror, Montenegro. A small little town with crystal clear water and fabulous mountains that surround the area. Peaceful and quiet, best for relaxation. Just think before you spend. Remember: euros are more expensive than dollars.
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STAY
Helsinki Airport Hotel
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FOOD
Reina Restaurant, Istanbul, Turkey
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TRAVEL PHILOSOPHY

  • Safety is my priority. Think wisely. Know the area that you are visiting.
  • If you’re in a certain place or country, just make the most out of it. Grab every opportunity you have to visit the highlights of each country.
  • Travel with your loved ones to make it more fun.

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Real People: Steph Zanoria” was created by SZ and LSS for travel site Small-Town Girls, Midnight Trains. All rights reserved.