We had the good fortune of connecting with Sara Gerges and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Sara, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
The thought process behind starting my own business was simple. I’d had 10+ years managing other people’s businesses and I knew I enjoyed that, but I wanted more freedom. I have a young child, so I need a flexible schedule. I also enjoy traveling – it’s my passion, so creating an environment that would allow me to do that just made sense.

What should our readers know about your business?
I teach my clients how to travel & see beauty in the world. To me, travel means learning about different people and their cultures, compassion and wisdom, experience and understanding. I try to convey this to my clients while also having a fun time because life should be about great experiences.

I love my job, however, my journey hasn’t always been easy. I began working as a travel agent in January of 2020. You can imagine how the pandemic impacted my new career. Fortunately, as an independent travel agent, I work from home with my own hours, so I was able to hold another job (or two) during the pandemic. Now that travel has opened back up and people are comfortable with it again, things are looking brighter.

Living through a worldwide pandemic has taught me that while life may difficult at times, people are resourceful and creative and things do get better.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Philadelphia is a wonderful city to visit, especially if you are a history buff. When I show my friends around the area one of the things we have to do is get a cheesesteak. I take them to Pat’s King of Steaks, because that is where the cheesesteak was invented! If we have time, a cheesesteak tour is in order where we also visit Geno’s, Jim’s on South Street, and Tony Luke’s. A couple other favorites for food is Frankford Hall, a German biergarten, and Chinatown.

Some of my favorite activities to visit for history fans are the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, Constitution Center, and the Betsy Ross House. The Philadelphia Museum of Art with the “Rocky steps” and Rocky statue are not to be missed either. Actually, a few other museums worth visiting are the Mutter Museum (a museum of medical oddities) and the Franklin Institute (a science museum). Lastly, Eastern State Penitentiary (a former prison where Al Capone was imprisoned) is a unique experience, as well as the Philadelphia Zoo and Adventure Aquarium (this is technically in Camden, NJ but it is just across the Delaware River).

After a day of exploring, one of my favorite places to hang out and relax is Spruce Street Park. It’s a riverfront area you can relax, grab a bite to eat and a drink, and just hang out.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I have to shoutout my husband. He’s been a very supportive partner during this experience and I wouldn’t be able to do it without him standing behind me. I’d also love to shoutout my former boss, Tracey, as someone who taught me a lot about running your own small business, the work ethic and drive it takes, and how to make smart decisions.

Website: www.nowviewingtheworld.com

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Image Credits
Sara Gerges Gemma Thomas with Sweet Pearl Photography

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