About Me

Samantha Oppenheimer – Founder of Find Love and Travel

Hi there, and welcome to Find Love & Travel! My name is Samantha Oppenheimer but I often go by Sam Opp, and in 2018, I decided to QUIT my corporate marketing job in New York to travel the world! Since then, I have been to over 20 Countries and all over the USA.

I have also been a featured travel writer in places like Well + Good, Thrillist, and Best Life.

I love traveling, writing about travel, and photography so much, that I made it into my full-time job, which is how this travel blog exists! Therefore, I am the proud owner and author of Find Love and Travel.

I am currently based in North Carolina with my husband and our fur baby, Marley the Chugg ( Pug & Chihuahua mix) – although I am a New Yorker at heart. Thus, you will find tons of New York City, Long Island, and North Carolina travel guides, tips, and itineraries, as these are my local expertise destinations. See my accolades here.

The mission of Find Love and Travel blog is to inspire you to travel. I will help you by giving you the tools you need to have the best experience while traveling. Whether it’s finding the most delicious pizza joints in NYC, hidden gems in Puerto Rico, putting together your Iceland Itinerary, finding the best free things to do in NYC, or teaching you how to use the NYC Subway; my goal is to help you travel better! I have tons of detailed travel itineraries, budget guides, travel tips, personal advice, and packing lists to make planning easy and fun!

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Other Things to Know About Me and This Travel Blog

When I am not traveling, you can find me typing away on this travel blog and sharing all of the travel tips I’ve learned along the way! Oh, and I can’t forget cuddling with Marley and eating anything that has cheese!

I do NOT accept sponsored articles or hire writers to write about places I have never been to. I HAVE been to all the destinations featured on my blog with the exception of a few round-ups. These round-ups are contributed by my fellow travel blogger friends who have personally been to the destination.

When you browse my travel blog, YOU ARE getting my firsthand travel experiences. I hope you leave my site with all the information you were searching for and come back when you’re in need of new travel tips and inspiration! Want to see where else I have been featured? Check out my Press page!

Whatever brought you to my travel blog, I am so happy you’re here, and I hope you leave inspired to travel and ready to come back again! 

If you have questions about travel, blogging, taking a leap, quitting your job, or just want someone to talk to, I’m here for you! Feel free to learn more and reach out on my Contact Page or on social media! Instagram | Tiktok | Pinterest | Youtube


Sam Opp (Samantha Oppenheimer)


Miradouro São Leonardo De Galafura in the Douro Valley
Miradouro São Leonardo De Galafura in the Douro Valley

Want to Know More About Me?

When I was a child, my dream was to be a vet. I didn’t go that route, but my love for animals and wildlife still remains. In fact, sometimes, my destination choice usually has something to do with the wildlife we may see while there.

Alex and I met my 11th-grade summer, and we have been together ever since. Marley joined our family in 2011 when we were working, going to college, and living in Manhattan.

I’ve lived in Florida, New York, and now North Carolina, and have been to over 10 different schools. I went to college in New York City at the Fashion Institute of Technology for Advertising Communications Marketing. At this point, I thought I loved fashion. However, once I was there, I realized there were people who loved fashion way more than I did. Want to stock my professional career – check me out on LinkedIn.

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So, when I graduated with my bachelor’s degree, I decided to get away from the hustle and bustle and got a job at Canon USA in the marketing department for B2B products (think printer parts). And while there was nothing wrong with this job, I realized I wasn’t fulfilled with my life here. This is where my journey began as a travel writer, content creator, and photographer.

Despite a marketing degree, I had to learn all these skills from scratch. Building a website, storytelling, running a business… you get the point. My friends and family said that I was crazy and I was letting my degree go to waste. If I mentioned I had work, they responded, “Oh you got a new job?”

This is the hardest job I’ve ever had, but I love what I do. When I receive comments from readers telling me I’ve helped them with their travels, it truly makes my day! If you think we vibe, feel free to follow my day-to-day life across social media!

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