Life is short. Explore the world...
Posted on 16 May 2018
Meet Kristin Addis, a 31 year old woman investment banker turned travel blogger. Kristin took the leap of faith by quitting her investment banker job, sold all her belongings and set forth to travel the world.
Iguazu Falls, Argentina. Photo taken by: pinterest
With 114,000 Instagram followers and Kristin has become an official travel “influencer”. Kristin now earns more as a travel blogger than she did as an investment banker.
Influencer? Yes. Gif taken by: GIPHY
Originally from Southern California, Kristin has now travelled to almost 60 countries in nearly every continent since September 2012.
Khao Yai. Photo taken by: bemytravelmuse
In her own words
Kristin explains that: “I never had a trust fund, and never thought of myself as particularly brave, but five years later, I’m still travelling the globe and sharing the exact way that I do it on this blog.
Telling it like it is. Photo taken by: bemytravelmuse
“I was the one who spent hours searching the weather and capital cities of far-off places around the world, just to imagine how it would feel to be there. I used to write imaginative stories and paint all the time. I was a dreamer.
Stunning places. Photo taken by: bemytravelmuse
“Somewhere along the way, however, I started to doubt my passions and instead went for a stable career. I worked as an investment banker for four years in Newport Beach, which burned me out and pushed me to make a change. So ... I sold my belongings and, armed with nothing but a carry-on bag and no company but my own, became a solo female traveller.”
Torres del Paine, Chile. Photo taken by: bemytravelmuse
Kristin acknowledges that she found the idea of solo travelling daunting, but has now learned to appreciate the pros and pitfalls of being alone.
From hot to cold. Photo taken by: bemytravelmuse
“The one thing that never gets easier for me is eating alone, but it’s worth the upside of solo travel,” she told the Evening Standard.
Learn from the best. Gif taken by: GIPHY
“I’ve learned so much more about myself, gained confidence and problem-solving abilities, and I’ll never have to wonder what if, because I honoured what I wanted in every moment and that’s an incredible gift.”
Inca Trail, Chile. Photo taken by: bemytravelmuse
So, would Kristin go back to a “normal” job?
Now why would she do that? Photo taken by: bemytravelmuse
“I want (travelling) to be a part of my life for as long as I’m able to move,” she said.
Philippines. Photo taken by: bemytravelmuse
“Exploration is what makes me feel alive and it isn’t something I get tired of, at least not yet.
Find your paradise. Utah. Photo taken by: bemytravelmuse
“I sometimes work more hours at a time now than I did at my old job (which was more like 8-7), but it’s not about the hours, it’s about the freedom. I wouldn’t go back to working for anyone else, I know that for sure.”
Wildlife Desert in Namibia. Photo taken by: bemytravelmuse
Be like Kristin.
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Earth. Photo taken by: bemytravelmuse
All quotes from this blog post are taken from news.
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