Roads and Destinations is a blog for travel lovers, adventure seekers, cultural explorers, and photography enthusiasts.
Hello! Wellcome to Roads and Destinations!
My name is Zhanna and I’m a California-based creative and storyteller behind Roads and Destinations. I created this blog to inspire other travelers to live unscripted, travel deeper, and most of all, choose experiences over things. Roads and Destinations is a space where I share my adventures, travel tips and guides, tips about photography and traveling as a family.
Traveling has always been an essential part of my life. Before I even started traveling, different cultures, languages, and natural wonders inspired me to go through numerous books and magazines. Adventure stories kept me awake all nights long. On Sundays, I was glued to the TV exploring the undersea world with Jacques Cousteau.
My obsession with travel directly influenced my future. Desperately trying to escape being stuck in an office, I decided to major in German Culture and Intercultural Communication.
A few years later I moved to the US. My limited English at that time prevented me from finishing my degree in Intercultural Communication. However, I was convinced that I had to have a degree. Math related subjects seemed to suit well with my basic English. And thus, learning, adjusting, and figuring everything out along the way, three and a half years later I graduated with bachelor’s degree in finance and business management.
Pursuing my career, for the next few years I worked in a couple of banks and accounting offices. But there was no time to travel. Moreover, my dissatisfaction and a feeling that something was missing never went away. At that time, even my daily reading consisted mostly of business books with occasional travel memoirs. I knew I needed to change something.
Traveling was the answer. Together with my husband, Roshan, and son, Dylan, we started traveling on weekends. Out first travel attempts included only short trips in the US. Eventually, we expanded our territory and started traveling abroad.
Road-tripping through California, deciding if Moroccan street food was appropriate for a toddler, sitting for hours in front of Capilano Suspension Bridge in Vancouver waiting for a baby to calm down didn’t make our lives easier. But it certainly added excitement that seemed to be lost. Moreover, this little adventures made that “corporate life” look less dreadful and lethal.
Eventually, I started Roads and Destinations to share our adventures and travel tips. I definitely don’t have all the answers when it comes to travel. We travel on our terms and enjoy exploring the world, different countries, and cultures. Surely, nothing is perfect. Traveling is a very personal thing. Whatever works for us, might be out of the question for somebody else. But this is out travel story and this is what makes us happy.
Happiness is a journey, not a destination… Happiness is the way. So treasure every moment you have and remember that time waits for no one. (Alfred D. Souza)
Wherever you go, go with all your heart. (Confucius)