Hi! I'm Tess Schumacher, founder of Candid Voyage, and this is my story.
I'm from a small town in the midwest, where I grew up planting gardens, running barefoot in the woods, and learning the importance of community and nature. A daughter of artists, I also have a deeply ingrained appreciation for creativity as a means for inspiring positive change in the world.
I studied at the University of California, Davis for 10 years (yup, a decade of my life spent in a classroom), and in that time I earned a BA in Psychology, an MS in Comparative Pathology, and a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine. After graduation, I began working as a small animal emergency veterinarian, and I continue to work across the United States as a traveling veterinarian today.
I developed a love for travel and story-telling in my thirties, when I finally left academics and got a "real" job that could support my new interests. As I began to explore more of the world, I realized a common theme in all my wanderings - a passion for immersive experiences, local culture, and sustainable and eco-friendly travel practices. And the more I traveled the more I realized that I wanted to turn this into a lifestyle, not just an escape from my everyday life.
I created Candid Voyage as a platform to inspire a new form of travel and living that brings us back to our roots and fosters a healthy relationship with the planet, our non-human friends, and one another.
My passion lies in the following:
Sustainable and eco-friendly travel and lifestyle practices
Female empowerment through solo travel and support of local women
Cultural immersion, particularly in places that have been stigmatized or misrepresented by mainstream media
I'm always in search of like-minded travelers to join along on my candid voyage. So please, get in touch!