Girl Talk European Adventures

031: Girl Talk: European Adventures and Working Overseas with Sara Heald and Shelle Vernon

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I recently embarked on an exciting European adventure, stepping out of my comfort zone and experiencing new cultures while getting some work done “European Style”.

We’re flipping the script today as Sara Heald and Shelle Vernon are the ones asking me questions to discover what I learned along the way.

In our conversation, you’ll hear a few of my recommendations if you plan on taking your work overseas, learn some cultural clashes to look out for and open up to new experiences and meeting new people.

I also share a few practical tips on topics such as wine tasting, renting cars, travel insurance, city recommendations, living costs, packing tips, and being a digital nomad. Enjoy!


Who are Sara Heald and Shelle Vernon?

Sara Heald is a wife, mother of two, and the founder of Sara In The City (a corporate event planning business based out of Houston). After becoming a stay-at-home mom during the pandemic, she took on the challenge of entrepreneurship. Not only did she exceed all her business goals within the first year, but she also managed to continue dedicating herself to her family wholeheartedly.

Now, with over 20+ years of event planning experience, she helps people create unique experiences that their guests will remember while fulfilling clients’ business goals.

Shelle Vernon is a remarkable leadership development coach, well known for her innovative approach to guiding senior executives, high-performing individuals, and teams toward unprecedented success.

But that's not all – her impact extends beyond the boardroom, as she also empowers college and high school students with the tools to embark on their leadership journeys.

With a mission to unlock authenticity and ignite potential, La Shelle helps people not only achieve their goals but truly live their most genuine and fulfilled lives.


Key Takeaways 

  • Testing out the European lifestyle
  • Navigating cultural clashes
  • Opening up to new experiences & meeting new people
  • Practical travel tips (restaurants, insurance, living costs, etc)
  • Planning a digital nomad lifestyle
  • Learning the basics of the local language
  • Packing tips: traveling with one suitcase
  • European city recommendations


Lessons Learned From Working Abroad In Europe


Mic Drop Moments

  • “Flexibility and being open-minded and letting the adventure take you where it goes is part of the fun.” – Sara Heald
  • “I think that it’s great that you are open to have these experiences of meeting new people and kind of just seeing where that takes you. It’s a beautiful thing.” - Shelle Vernon
  • “Some European destinations have maintained a uniqueness about them, while other areas (since we live in such a global world now) are a little homogenized at this point.” – Sara Heald
  • “I had plenty of reasons not to go but I made it work. I was incredibly productive and had a great time. It really refreshed my spirit. I challenge you to get yourself and your family out of your norm.”  – April Roberts




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