The History Fan Girl
Stephanie Craig has visited 57 countries, 45 states, 144 World Heritage Sites, and 21 National Parks. Aside from being quite the conversation starter, it’s also her profession, and the mother of two says she has no plans to stop.
“I launched my first blog in 2015,” Stephanie said. “It was before people knew how to make an income with blogging. So there was a lot of trial and error, but eventually I learned how to provide valuable content to my readers, and support myself with my writing.”
The career is a full-circle achievement for Stephanie, who earned a degree in creative writing and Eastern European studies, but never imagined putting them to such direct use. Her historyfangirl.com readers have come to rely on history-packed travel guides that simplify overseas travel.
“Whether it’s being trusted with the keys to a 13th-century chapel or researching the story behind a haunted country cemetery, I’m never having more fun than when I’m learning something new and weird about the past,” Stephanie said.
This applies even when her adventures take a wild turn. “I’ve debated German hostel workers over fees at 3 a.m., attended the World Nomad Games in Kyrgyzstan, and barrelled across backroads with terrifying taxi drivers somewhere outside Azerbaijan.”
But ultimately, Stephanie says international travel is not something to fear. “Travel isn’t as hard as you think,” she said, “especially if you’re willing to be flexible.”
For first-time international travelers, Stephanie recommends destinations like Turkey or Greece. “They are actually less expensive than popular destinations like Paris and London, but the food, culture, history and people are absolutely amazing,” she said.
Sightseeing in the Sooner State
Stephanie was living in Bulgaria when she met her husband. Eventually the two decided to return to Oklahoma to raise their family. “Out of all the places in the world I’ve been,” she said, “I couldn’t picture raising a child anywhere else.” Not only does Stephanie say that Oklahoma is a great place to live, she’s made it her job to prove it.
Now, Stephanie is creating content for sightseeing within the Sooner State. Her second blog is dedicated to the state parks, small towns, roadside attractions, and even castles scattered across Oklahoma.
“I want to show people that Oklahoma is a travel destination,” she said. “I grew up thinking you had to drive eight hours or get on a plane to experience something cool. But Oklahoma is full of history and fun things to do, if you know where to find them.”
Her favorite is the Blue Whale in Catoosa. “It’s just a roadside stop, but it’s one of the coolest, weirdest pieces of folk art in the country. I love that kind of thing!”
As summer approaches, Stephanie encourages families to find fun within their state. Visit oklahomawonders.com for day trips and tips for your family.