Hey y’all! I’m Jackie, the blonde on board. I’m a Southern born and bred, Atlanta based twenty-something and a lover of travel, food, and puppies. I bleed black and red for my Georgia Bulldogs (Go Dawgs!) and Falcons. I’m also a dog mom to the cutest little Cockapoo named Wicket that you’ll ever see.

I am a firm believer that you need to create a life you don’t need a vacation from. Life is short and meant to be enjoyed to the fullest – and the two ways I enjoy life most is through travel and food.

My love for travel started young – my Dad was a pilot and had a similar appreciation for travel and culture after numerous years in the Air-force. And after years of going up in his small Cessna plane, he inspired me to get my pilot’s license as part of my bucket list.

“Traveling leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.”

He once said to me, “Live your life by a compass, not a clock.” In retrospect, I think he was referring to more of a moral compass, but you get the idea. That’s a motto I’m trying to live my life by – to live the life I’ve always wanted.

Sometimes life is funny how it works out – if someone had told me 5 years ago that I’d be writing a travel and lifestyle blog, I’d never believe them. Mostly because even though I loved thrills and adventure, I wasn’t much of a traveler until a few years ago when my work began to require it. My first trip above the Mason Dixon line was in November 2013 and I’ve never looked back since.


The Blonde on Board is your round trip ticket for travel, good eats, and everything in between all over the world. I’ll post travel tips and tricks, itineraries, my favorite brunch spots, and so much more! Oh, and a lot of pictures of the furry child. Sorry, not sorry.


Stay sassy, well traveled, and well fed, my friends.