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Meet Trailblazer Sydney Pugh

Today we’d like to introduce you to Sydney Pugh.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I have always loved to travel, see and DO! Day trips to cities around my home state of Virginia, field trips to Washington DC, and weekends with my drama class to NYC made me feel inspired, excited, and alive.

One of my roomates freshman year of college lived in France and invited us to visit her – of course, I couldn’t say no! I had never even been on a plane before, so needless to say it was a huge adventure for me. I loved that there was a whole world beyond what I knew, so you could say I was completely inspired by my culture shock!

The one place my family loves to travel to is Disney, so I knew a lot about it. I started a blog as a creative outlet. I included hotel information, packing guides, tips, and tricks – and LOVED it. I moved to Los Angeles after graduating from college and realized that I could expand my blog to include helpful guides and share my travel stories, and Home and A Broad was born. I believe that anyone can (and should!) travel, regardless of age, salary, or marital status. I’m just a broad going abroad!

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Of course, there have been challenges. A big part of being a travel blogger is dealing with rejection on a daily basis, from brands that don’t want to sponsor you to dips in your website traffic, to not being able to go on a trip you really want, whether it is for timing or financial reasons.

If you truly love what you do, you’ve gotta move forward! Keep following up and being proactive. “No” is not really a word that I have in my vocabulary – it’s more of a “the timing’s not right – we’ll come back to this later.”

We’d love to hear more about Home and A Broad.
One of the most important aspects I take into consideration is promoting responsible travel. Doing your research should be the first step you take before booking your trip, and fully understanding why you shouldn’t add a love lock to one of France’s historic bridges or ride the elephants in Thailand is crucial to the betterment of the travel and hospitality industry’s future.

The incredible thing about being a travel writer is getting to experience things I NEVER thought I’d be able to do and knowing that it’s helping others. Last year I was got my SCUBA certification in exchange for an article, I was able to surprise my sister with a trip to Hawaii for Christmas, and I have a secret project in the works that will knock a few things off my bucket list.

Every comment, DM, and message I receive from people that follow me saying that I’ve helped or inspired them completely blows my mind and reaffirms that I am on the right path.

Finding a mentor and building a network are often cited in studies as a major factor impacting one’s success. Do you have any advice or lessons to share regarding finding a mentor or networking in general?
I’m very lucky to have a support system of writers, bloggers, and travelers based here in LA who have taken me under their wing. Networking for writers isn’t always the buttoned-up cocktail party mixer you may envision for other industries. I’ve made friends on the ski slopes, in line for rollercoasters at Disneyland, and the good old fashioned way, by sliding into their DMS.

The best advice I can give is just to reach out! If you love someone’s work, tell them. Opportunity is out there, but you need to go find it.

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@homeand_a_broad (for all – all photos on my IG)

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