Greetings wonderful Internet world! My name is Karen Fowler and I am very happy to announce that I have recently been asked to help develop content for the website Vacationhomerentals.com. Since traveling and adventure are two of my favorite things, accepting this position was an easy decision to make. I cannot wait to tell all of you about the parts of the world I find the most interesting. Before I get into that though, let me tell you more about who I am and where I came from.
I was born in San Diego, California on July 23rd, 1975. My mother was a professor at a local college and my father owned a bookstore in town. That’s actually how they met, she wandered into his store after moving to the area from Boston, MA.
After I was born, my mother took a few months off from school and we spent most of our time at the store. My earliest memories are of listening to my Mother read to me and the other children. By the time I started school, I was actively helping around the store. I had become a huge fan of reading and helping my parents run their business. All that reading helped greatly with school and I found myself in the honors classes when I got to high school. My first real job was, of course, working part-time in the bookstore. When I was a junior in high school, my parents took me on a vacation to Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard. It was during this trip that I got bitten by the travel bug.
Between the sights, sounds, food, and ferry rides, I felt very at-home in Massachusetts. I had always liked living in San Diego, but MA presented whole other worlds to me. Before we even flew home, I was asking when we would be back. That year I applied to several schools in and around Boston. Within weeks I was accepted and moved out to the east coast.
I spent the next four years studying European history and enjoying as much time on the Cape as I could. After I graduated, I decided not to move back to San Diego. I had set myself up very nicely in Boston and was not ready to leave. However, fate had other plans. My two roommates were setting up a travel agency in southern Florida and wanted me to join in their endeavor.
I was certainly looking for a new challenge, so I accepted their offer. For the next several years, I helped people create custom tours of Europe that centered around the incredible history and ruins there-in, all while enjoying the beautiful weather and landscapes of southern Florida. Then one day, one of my business partners was approached by a fairly large and prominent travel company with a job offer that she could not refuse. We all talked about it and agreed to dissolve the business.
Once we split the clients and tied up all the loose ends, I moved back to Boston. It always felt like my true home and I was more than ready to return. Over the last several years I have solidified my own travel business here in Boston. Joining the team at Vacationhomerentals.com is especially fortunate, as it will allow me to keep my short list of clients and start up a new blog. When I do have free time away from writing and planning adventures for my clients, I enjoy sailing, hiking, Thai food, and the culture of this great city.