All About Mark!

Hey, y’all!

I’m Mark Newsome.

Somewhere online I have a profile that simply says:

Leisure-Obsessed Travel Agency Co-Owner. Accountant. Former Higher-Ed Staffer. Southerner. Father. Husband. 

That’s me in a nutshell, especially the leisure obsession.

Oh, and I used to have really long hair.

IMG_3435-1Funny how scanned snapshots from 20 years ago look suspiciously like Instagramed photos today…

Yeah, that’s me.

It’s a photo of me and Jenn near the ridge of the Bridger Mountains just outside of Bozeman, Montana.

Here’s a little more recent one:


Fast forward 20 years and here we are last fall enjoying a date night, sans the munchkins (and the hair), at Epcot.

Why travel?

I have to thank my folks, Tom and Sue Newsome, for fostering a love of travel in me at an early age.

They did this by making possible trips to out of the way places like:

  • Beaufort, North Carolina
  • Kalispell, Montana
  • Omsk, Russia, and
  • Ulan Bator, Mongolia

…which was pretty counter cultural back in the 1970s and 80s when I was growing up in rural North Carolina!

IMG_1824Me and Jenn on the Great Wall of China, Jan. 2001

These days, I’m the boy behind Southern Girl Travel.

I enjoy nothing more than helping you discover perfect, leisure-filled travel. 

I do that by creating content, taking photos, tweaking websites, and driving the minivan to the airport!

I also help travel-inclined folks with accounting questions.

Enough about me…what about you?

What’s your next adventure and how can we help make it happen?

Let me know!

You can catch me through our contact page, email me at newsomemt at gmail dot com, or give me a call at 919–612–6133.



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