About Dr. J, Travel Blogger at Sidewalk Safari

About Dr. J and the Sidewalk Safari Travel Blog

I'm Jennifer (aka Dr. J), the voice and photographer behind Sidewalk Safari travel blog. I’m a fortysomething American expat and part-time travel blogger living in Dublin, Ireland with a busy full time ‘day job’ as a project manager at Google. I’ve been blogging on Sidewalk Safari since 2008.

I aim to inspire people who have a demanding job to see that it is possible to achieve work-life balance and travel extensively, making use of every business trip and vacation day to see the great wide world.

Contact Dr. J at Sidewalk Safari Part-Time Travel Blog

I'd be remiss if I didn't point out that Sidewalk Safari would not be possible without the crack travel planning skills of my husband of more than 20 years, Scott. Scott blogs about achieving better work-life balance on VacationCounts. You can find VacationCounts on Facebook too.

Part-time travel blogger, Jennifer (aka Dr. J) from Sidewalk Safari travel blog. Photo taken near Merrion Square in Dublin IrelandWe have the perfect relationship. Scott’s our trip planner, I'm our trip 'documenter' (I never leave the house without my camera).  We spend 1-2 weekends per month traveling around Europe combined with more exotic trips to far-flung destinations across Asia, Africa, South America, Australia, and beyond. 

Before moving abroad to Ireland, we lived in various cities in the U.S. including San Francisco and Philadelphia. My business-trips often take me to the U.S. so you can expect to see travel blog posts about plenty of American destinations too. 

We love to walk (thus the name Sidewalk Safari was born) and believe that places are best experienced on foot. Oh...and for those of you outside of the U.S., 'Sidewalk' = 'Footpath' ;-)

Sidewalk Safari has been featured on a number of travel websites and blogs. You can see my featured travel photography or read guest posts, podcasts, offline publications like International Travel News and more here.

Sidewalk Safari Travel Stats

I was a scientist once-upon-a-time (that’s why my nickname is Dr. J) and I love data so I couldn’t resist teeing up a few stats about Sidewalk Safari. 
  • 57 countries visited (60 if you count the UK as 4 distinct entities: Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and England)
  • More than 250 destinations covered on the blog
  • More than 1500 miles walked per year

Sidewalk Safari Travel Blog Favorites

Here are some of our favorite trips written up on the blog across various travel dimensions:

Favorite Destination in Ireland

Favorite Road Trip

Favorite Festival

Favorite Food Halls and Farmers Markets

Twelve European Farmers Markets and Food Halls Worth Visiting For

Favorite UNESCO Heritage Site

Visiting The Temples at Angkor in Cambodia on a 2-day Tour with a Private Air-Conditioned Car and Guide

Favorite Birdwatching Trip

Why Uganda is a Birdwatchers Paradise

Coolest Wildlife Encounters

Best Place to Drink Coffee

Best Place to Eat Comfort Food

A Taste of Buffalo: What to Eat in Western New York

Best Place to See Fall Foliage

Autumn Foliage: Top 10 Japanese Temples in Kyoto for Leaf Peeping

Favorite European City Break

Favorite Boutique Wine Region

Favorite European Christmas Market

Favorite Place to Travel for Christmas

Favorite New Year’s Eve Destination


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Sidewalk Safari | Part-time Travel Blog: About Dr. J, Travel Blogger at Sidewalk Safari
About Dr. J, Travel Blogger at Sidewalk Safari
Read about Jennifer, aka Dr. J, a part-time travel blogger at Sidewalk Safari, full time project manager at Google and American expat living in Dublin Ireland. Jennifer is the primary author of Sidewalk Safari and writes about her personal trips (often combining business with pleasure) around Europe, North America and the world.
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