Why Travel? (Jess Edition)

Solo trip to Paris


Where did I get the travel bug? I’m not completely sure, so let’s talk it through.

I love having a home and I loved my mountain I lived on when I was younger. I had no desire to leave that. My grandparents traveled a lot, but they were retired by that time. I went to the beach a lot as a child. Then, I turned 16 and things changed when I got my passport and took my first trip out of the country. This was a 2-week long river cruise with my grandparents from Vienna, Austria to Amsterdam, Netherlands

This trip changed my perspective. You know that there are other countries, cultures, and norms, but until you are immersed in them, you really have no idea. Seriously.

I did that for two weeks and then somehow I was lucky enough to go to Paris with my mom less than 6 months later! I was able to sort of use the little bit of french I knew. It was an adventure. My third trip to Europe was in 2005. I went to Munich, London and had a day in Austria with a class trip for about 2 weeks. I have also been to Cancun and Ocho Rios, but the places we went are made for Americans, so it wasn’t much of a cultural experience.

I think college and education shaped me into this more-adventurous version of myself, too. I was taught about many different religions and cultures, but also about history…modern and biblical. When everything comes together, and you add a husband that got the travel bug after the school trip, you really start to take yourself seriously and find a way to do it. I was okay with little trips around the state and surrounding states, but now it’s time to tackle more countries…in Europe!


Sunrise from the plane



I want to learn more and see more. I want to experience different cultures. I wanted to live outside my little Shenandoah Valley box and explore the world. There is so much to see and do, and so many people to meet. I believe that travel can change you. I’m ready to have experiences and meet the people that will change my perspective and change my life. My horizons have been broadened before, so let’s keep going! I will be a Woman of the World.

Give yourself the opportunity to have your life changed.

Jessica Cutrufello wearing a green floral dress, glasses and pink lipstick

Hi! I’m Jessica, an American who made Amsterdam her home in 2014. I share European gems through food and memorable experiences. Want to know more? Head to my about page or check out my YouTube channel.

Travel with us - Tuscany October 2022