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Purposeful Beginnings


When I was a young girl my Father took me on a trip to Ghana, Africa with his medical missions team. I saw first hand how exciting and different this world is. The experience forever changed my heart, mind, and soul. I have thanked my parents time and again for the gift of travel that they gave to me. 


I have since had the pleasure of traveling around the world as a photographer and as the Co-Founder of a travel company that combined luxury vacationing with volunteer work. After leading trips for three years around the world to places such as Argentina, China, France, and India, I decided to branch out on my own in order to provide clients with the best possible service on a more intimate level. I have had the honor to create unique, life enriching custom vacations for individuals, families and groups. Perhaps the most meaningful trip was a journey to Kenya that I organized and led for a group of young widows. It was a personal, moving, and healing experience that I hope to offer again as I know first hand the change that can happen when you travel.


I have a BA in Education and a Masters degree in Curriculum and Instruction. After teaching for a six years, I left the profession to pursue travel consulting. I now have fused the two as I offer families vacations that have an educational focus. It is a fulfilling thing to be able to combine my skills in order to offer a truly unique and valuable service to my clients. It is a desire for my clients to experience travel in a way that furthers their education, brings the family closer together, and broadens their world view.


I am a published author having written the book, Young Widow: A Memoir, and also contributing to the book Mother of Pearl: Luminous Lessons and Iridescent Faith. I am  an on-going contributor to multiple blogs, including the Huffington Post UK, and I have been published in on-line travel magazines. Read Purposeful Wanderings blog or

take a look at Huffington Post articles here.

I am a self-taught photographer who has taken photographs for non-profits around the globe. My work has been exhibited in Los Angeles and you can see some of it here on my photograpy website, Sarah Wauterlek Photography.

After over five years of living in London, I moved with my family to Denver. Along the way we spent over 4 months traveling Colombia, Japan, the Maldives, Sri Lanka and throughout South East Asia. We now spend most weekends exploring the Colorado mountains. 







Live life fully, be grateful always and give back.