28 January 2016 No Comments by The Northern Standard

A travel blogger from County Monaghan has been nominated as Blogger of the Year at next month’s Digital Media Awards Ireland.  Last year Sarah Holden from Clones left her job as a journalist with a sports website, packed her bags and boarded a plane to Brazil to begin a new life as a ‘Digital Nomad’, working on the road with writing as her only source of income.

A year later Sarah is still on the road in South America. Among her adventures are living with Chilean goat farmers in the Andes, visiting remote castles in the forgotten-about Brazilian countryside, dancing the tango until her feet hurt in Argentina and along the way creating a successful blog on her own website:

Sarah grew up in Clones where she attended Fortview National School, then moved to Emyvale and was a pupil at Beech Hill College in Monaghan. Her father still lives in Clones and her mother resides in Emyvale with her two siblings. She studied journalism at the National Media College in Dublin and in 2014 studied part-time to get a diploma in Digital Marketing at Dublin Business School while working as a journalist for a sports website.

Her blog was launched in July 2015 and covers her backpacking travels in South America. Published articles are typically based around travel tips, destination reviews, tourist attractions and personal stories from the road. The blog began as a way to keep friends and family back home updated on her travels, and also to have as a memoir. She shared one article “7 Things No One tells you Before Moving to Brazil” with a Facebook group of Irish expats living in Brazil and it was so popular that she then realised she could make a successful blog out of her experiences.

The blog currently gets approximately 5000 page views per month with an average …


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