Welcome to Sarepa.com!
You made it! Welcome to Sarepa.com, a travel blog all about travelling through and living in Colombia created by regular suitcase packer and cafe loiterer, Sarah Duncan (that’s me!).
Over the last 10 years I have shared my experiences about Colombia with a variety of magazines, newspapers and, of course, this blog. But the first piece I ever had published about Colombia, way back in 2006, was a shallow piece about the drug trade, because I thought that is what people wanted to read about.
I was ashamed to see that first article. My experiences had been overwhelmingly positive in Colombia but I had decided to focus on the negative. I didn’t share it with anyone, I didn’t keep a copy of it to hang on my wall. I filed it away and used it as motivation. Since that day I’ve made a conscious decision to inspire people to see the positive in Colombia and to experience the country beyond its tumultuous past.
Colombia has a rich cultural history that goes beyond drug lords and civil war, it has incredibly verdant landscapes, delicious local dishes, iconic landmarks, hidden beaches and some of the kindest and hospitable people you’re likely to meet.
That’s what this blog is all about, sharing the positive aspects of Colombia. If you want to read political observations and commentary, if you want to hear all the negative things that are happening in Colombia and the rest of the world, then there are loads of other websites to take your pick from.
Here you’ll learn to see Colombia through my eyes.
About Sarah Duncan
I studied journalism at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia, and began working for local magazines and newspapers before deciding blogging was my natural fit in the media world. I’ve worked as a freelance writer for several publications including lifestyle magazines, business blogs and travel publications but it is Colombia that has kept me the busiest and the most inspired to write, create and share.
Sarepa.com is a documentation of my love affair with Colombia and is my way of saying thank you to a country and a people that has given me so many wonderful memories. Over many years of blogging, I now also share my knowledge with people about how they too can live their passion and purpose through blogging, via blogging workshops and mentorships in person and online. In March of 2016 I was also named Flight Centre UK’s Favourite Expat Travel Blog.
I’ve had my work featured in a variety of publications including:
- New York Magazine – Explore the Culture of Cali, Colombia
- Style Magazine – Destination Colombia
- Colombia Calling – Quit your job and travel the world with Sarepa
- Pulzo – Los comentarios de extranjeros que se enamoraron de Colombia
- Daytours4u – Blogger Interview, Sarah Duncan from Sarepa
- Daytours4u – Meet the women who love South America
- Blog Expat – From Brisbane to Bogota
- Touring the Tropics – Top 50 travel destinations around the world
- El Tiempo – ¿Qué palabras se entienden solamente en su región?
Articles I’ve written:
- Uncover Colombia – 9 Questions answered about backpacking in Colombia
- Uncover Colombia – Why I almost didn’t make it back from the Lost City of Colombia
- Uncover Colombia – 5 Places to visit in Colombia for Australians looking for adventure
- The Herald Sun – What Netflix’s Narcos doesn’t tell you about Colombia
- News.com.au – What Netflix’s Narcos doesn’t tell you about Colombia
- The Daily Telegraph – What Netflix’s Narcos doesn’t tell you about Colombia
- International Living – From Brisbane to Bogota with a passion for food
- International Living – Teaching English in the Colombian Andes
- Matador Network – 6 Myths about Colombia that need to be busted
- Solo Traveler – Solo travel destination: Bogota, Colombia
- SheKnows – 5 Strange aphrodisiacs from around the world
- SheKnows – What you need to know about pregnancy airline policies before flying
- SheKnows – 5 Backpacking safety tips for travellers visiting Australia
- SheKnows – Transgender man asked to remove prosthetic during airport check
- SheKnows – Why Australia was named the 2016 destination of the year
- SheKnows – 10 Scariest places in Australia as seen on Google Maps
- SheKnows – How to turn your roadtrip into the ultimate scavenger hunt
- Trip.me – What to expect when you travel to Japan
Last year I had the very good fortune of being featured in the book “Was Gabo an Irishman?” along with some other incredible writers. If you haven’t bought your copy yet, be sure to check it out.
If you’d like to read more about my impressions of Colombia, here is a list of some of my favourites. In the meantime, enjoy the blog and please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or just want to say Hola!
Press trips and brand partnerships
Sarah Duncan is an award-winning blogger and journalist with close to 10 years of experience. I have worked with a variety of companies and organisations including the ones listed below. I am currently available for experience reviews, press trips, famils and ambassadorships.
How can we work together?
With a background in journalism and close to a decade of experience in online content creation, feature writing and, more recently, social media marketing and search engine optimisation, I have a wide variety of skills that can benefit you and your business. I am available for the following jobs:
- Freelance writing - I have had my travel writing featured in a variety of publications including The Herald Sun, the Daily Telegraph, News.com.au, SheKnows, Matador Network, International Living and others. If you’d like to contract me to write travel pieces for your publications, please be sure to get in touch.
- Social media marketing – Need a hand with your social media presence? Allow me to promote your product or service using your existing or newly-created channels including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest.
- Blog/website design – Do you require an online face lift? If your website needs some new life injected into it and a new design to boot, send me an email and we can chat about how I can create a responsive, SEO-optimised website.
- Public speaking – Are you interested in having someone speak about solo female travel, Latin America, Colombia, blogging, travel writing or entrepreneurship? Get in touch.
For further information about advertising opportunities, please click here or simply email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Become a contributor!
Have you been to Colombia? Why not become an ambassador and share your own stories with me and our community of readers? Click here for more details about becoming a contributor. If you want to stay in touch and say hey or would love to work together, be sure to reach out via Twitter, Instagram or Facebook, or send me an email via info @ sarepa.com. Hasta luego!
Can I say I admire you ? Well done Sarah. Love reading your posts and always think you have awesome, insightful things to say. Hopefully one day I’m able to write as beautifully as you.
Oh Harry! What a sweetheart you are. Thank you so much! What a compliment!
really I do not know much English , By that I mean in Spanish: Gracias hermosa mujer por mostrar la otra cara de nuestro país, es bienvenida ahora y siempre y espero que ojalá sepamos estar a la altura de lo que usted se merece.
con todo el corazón un colombiano que le agradece y le admira.
Muchisimas gracias Leandro!! Abrazos
I just discovered your blog and am loving all of the information you have available about Colombia! Colombia looks so lovely and beautiful and I am already planning and researching my future trip there I am looking forward to hearing about more of your adventures while living there.
Thanks so much Brittany! Happy planning!
It’s been a while since I last visited your blog and I’m amazed at all the beautiful changes and projects that you have created in the meantime. Congratulations!
I kind of miss Colombia and looking through your articles has motivated me even more to go back there as soon as possible.
Un abrazote desde Berlín,
Hooola aNa! Como estas? It’s so lovely to hear from you? Thank you so much! I see you are still blogging away and doing fantastic things. Great job! You must visit Colombia again. Be sure to keep in touch and hopefully we will eventually meet… in Australia, Colombia, Turkey or Australia.. who knows!
Sarah, I just found this blog and it’s incredible! I am living in Bogota and this is so helpful. Thank you for your work on spreading the positive of Colombia. Ciao!
Nice site! We are planning a Columbia trip in Sept/October. Very informative and helpful for our planning. We’ll be posting from our trip, and will definitely include a link to you! We are planning 3 weeks — in and out of Bogota (on my way to Chile where I’ll be mentoring women entrepreneurs as part of a sister city party.) Very fun. How did you arrange the in-country air fares? Is there a special site for this or was each one bought individually. Any help is appreciated. Jan
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Hi Jan, how fantastic! Have an incredible time and if there’s anything else I can help with, just let me know. With flights, I just did a few searches on a few of the airline websites and compared prices. You can find a bit more information here: http://www.sarepa.com/2016/03/29/cheap-flights-to-colombia/ I hope that helps! Have a great time!