When I first came across Jen Snyder’s blog, People + Places + Things, I fell in love with her adventures of Northern California and beautiful travel photography. We then connected on social media and I knew her insights would be the perfect addition to travel month. Jen is a writer, editor and travel enthusiast based in Northern California. She recently left the 8-to-5 world to pursue each and every one of her creative passions. Be sure to checkout her lifestyle and travel posts on her blog.
How did you get your start in travel blogging and photography?
I started my blog as a place to share everything that interests me: creativity, life lessons, adventure, travel and fun finds (both tangible and digital). I was in transition between a flailing business and new opportunities and I decided to launch the blog as a way to exercise my writing muscles. I have an English degree, but I’ve jumped from the marketing and PR world to launching a web start-up to being a full-time content creator. I think the blog really helped me work through those changes and solidify which direction I wanted to go as a writer. Photography is a hobby I picked up to make my blog posts more engaging and fun to read and it sort of stuck. My goal is always to inspire others to experience new places and I think photography has been a great vehicle for that. I definitely don’t consider myself a professional photographer, but it’s a fantastic hobby and I’m glad to have brought more of it into my professional and personal life.
Highway 101 North California, Jen Snyder
What is your favorite travel destination?
This is such a tough question for me! I feel like the destination is sort of only part of the fun. I thoroughly enjoyed traveling through England with my aunt and British grandmother (I called her Nana) back in 2003. England is a fabulous destination, but being able to see the church where my Nana and Papa got married and the small town where my father, aunt and uncle were born made the trip that much more meaningful.
My husband and I have started to make national and state parks a priority when we travel here in the U.S. We visited Glacier National Park earlier this summer and it completely blew us away. I’m sure I would have enjoyed experiencing the park with someone else or by myself, but he is by far my favorite hiking buddy!
Eureka Harbor, California, Jen Snyder
What’s in your carry-on bag?
Another great question! Over the last ten years, I’ve tried really hard to pack light. I fail miserably on occasion, but have been known to fit quite a lot in a carry on bag. Whether I’m flying or hitting the road the few essentials I keep close at hand are:
- My camera
- My phone
- My iPod and headphones
- A great all-natural chapstick
- A good book
- A journal
What’s your favorite thing about traveling?
My favorite part about traveling is the uncertainty that comes with experiencing new places and things. I’m an over-planner, list-maker and rule-follower at heart, but traveling has a way of setting me straight every now and then. No matter how much you plan, you never know who you’ll meet and what adventures might pop up along the way. I’ve learned to leave myself more open to the unexpected, which has served me well.
Northern California Bridge in the Sun, Jen Snyder
Lastly, where are you planning your next trip to?
I’ve got several weekend trips planned throughout August and September here in California. I must say, we live in a pretty great state for weekend getaways. Our next lengthy trip (more than a few days) will probably be Montana next summer for my best friend’s wedding. We like to hit the road when we head in that direction, so I’m hoping we can make a vacation out of it.