My name is Lacey and I am an International Educator and Tourism Professional.
I have always been an independent soul, but my passion for international travel really began as a college sophomore, when I visited England and France on a summer holiday. If only I had known then the significance of that trip and how it would shape my subsequent personal and professional pursuits. Since then, more than 15 years later, I’ve lived, worked and studied in the UK and travelled to 30+ countries. I have worked in international education at two local universities, and throughout the world as an international tour director. Both of these experiences have enhanced my understanding of the world, and further inspired my desire to travel.
At this point in my life my relationship with travel is in a transitional phase. I find myself looking back at a time when travel was engrained in my life, either because I lived abroad or worked abroad. It was my life. Now, I still consider travel a part of my life, but not the focus of it. This often makes me sad, but I am in a different phase of life that has forced me to make some difficult decisions about the priority of travel. I started this blog as a way to keep friends and family updated while I was on the road, but it has to evolve as I evolve. So I will continue to write about the places I have been, not for others, but for myself. Of course I still hope those who read this enjoy my posts, but writing Travelacey keeps me connected to the wanderlust that will always be a part of me.
Before I decided to pursue a career in the travel industry, I spent many years studying sport. I hold a PhD in the Sociology of Sport from Brunel University, an M.Sc. in Elite Human Performance from the University of Oxford, and a B.S. in Athletic Training & Sports Medicine from Quinnipiac University. In order to better prepare myself for life as an International Tour Director, I attended ITMI (International Tour Management Institute) in the winter of 2013. While my earlier studies may not directly relate to my chosen career, they do reflect my passions. I combined my love of education, research, sport and travel by pursuing my graduate degrees in England. What I discovered at the end of this particular academic journey was that I was influenced more by my experience of living abroad than I was by the actual degrees I had completed. I am, of course, extremely proud of my academic accomplishments, but it is the idea of educating and being educated via travel that has truly inspired me.
“We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.” Unknown
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