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Welcome to Sidewalk Safari travel blog!

I’m Jennifer Petoff (aka Dr. J) and my motto is: Work to Live, Live to Travel, Travel for Work.

Sidewalk Safari Travel Blog Motto: Work to Live, Live to Travel, Travel for Work

I live my life in service to my guiding star. What is that guiding star, you may ask? 

⭐ To travel as much as possible and live in different places ⭐

Sidewalk Safari Guiding Star: To Travel as Much as Possible and Live in Cool Places

I have developed and continue to develop my career in service to this guiding star. I evolved a Ph.D. in Chemistry and what started as a very traditional career in research into:

  • 1. A full time job traveling to universities across the United States in the chemical industry and then in Tech visiting awesome college towns like Ann Arbor, Michigan and prestigious schools like Stanford University.

  • 2. An expat assignment as a project manager in the Tech industry in Ireland. What was supposed to be a one year assignment soon became home and a 12 year stint living in Dublin and traveling around Europe.

What can you expect to find here? Sidewalk Safari has been all about part-time travel since 2008. What is part-time travel? It’s a style of traveling where a full-time career unlocks travel opportunities you never could have dreamed of alone.

You’ll find travel stories and advice that aim to inspire you to make the most of a “day job” to live a life full of travel. I only write about trips that I've personally taken and things that I've personally done on those trips. Read about:

Business Trips Turned into Bleisure Trips


to places like London, Oslo, and Mainz.


to South America and Southeast Asia including stops in bucket list destinations like Machu Picchu, Patagonia, Angkor Wat, and the Great Wall of China.

Conference Add-ons

Favorite Weekend City Breaks

to destinations we likely never would have visited if we hadn’t taken the expat assignment in Europe including places like Bydgoszcz and Poznan Poland, Sofia and Plovdiv Bulgaria, and Luxembourg.  

Off-the-Beaten Track Travel Experiences

enabled by our life as expats in Europe like a road trip to the Eastern Alentejo region of Portugal and a city break in Limerick Ireland that brought out my inner poet. 

Expat Life and Travel

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Sidewalk Safari | Part-time Travel Blog
Sidewalk Safari is a part-time travel blog written by an American-Irish expat living in Lisbon. Read about trips to destinations around the world.
Sidewalk Safari | Part-time Travel Blog