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How many countries have you visited? Norway just made my 65th!!! I count visiting as at least leaving the airport, getting a meal from a non-chain restaurant, and chatting with some locals. But I don’t like to go anywhere that I can’t spend at least a week (ideally more than 2) exploring and learning the country.
What’s been your favorite destination so far? My favorite country in the world has been South Africa. I’m a firm believer that the people your with, or meet, can make or break a trip. I’ve been twice so far and both times I’ve met some of the most amazing, free-spirited, beautiful souls on the planet. In addition to being able to share my experiences with cool people, it’s just a beautiful country filled with everything you could possibly want – something for everyone. A close 2nd and 3rd to Cape Town, SA would have to be Madagascar and Iceland for the people, culture, & landscapes.
What’s your spirit animal? I like to think I’m a cross between a Serval (a type of African cat) and a Coconut Octopus. The Serval is playful, independent, and wild. The Coconut Octopus is a total nomad; using 2 coconut halves as it’s home, it picks up each side with its tentacles and carries them when it moves.
What’s the next move? I’ve set up a home-base with my fellow travel-minded boyfriend in Madrid, Spain. It’s where AlyssaAllDay has been based out of since May 2016 actually. I hope to continue soaking in the lush culture and language here, fully committing to travel planning and my business, while simultaneously popping over to some new, personally unexplored spots. To name a few in the works for 2017: Morocco,
Portugal, Norway, maybe Oman – fingers crossed!
You’re soooo lucky: Ok this isn’t a question but I hear this almost every day from friends and strangers who just discover what I do for a living. My response is: I’m not lucky, I’ve built this life for myself. I’ve pursued a career that directly incorporates my passion and true love and I’ve spent every day feeding and growing it. I’ve passed up many higher paying jobs which would leave me far more financially comfortable than the uncertainty and unpredictability of a commission-based income. I refuse to settle for dedicating my days to a life I don’t love and I’ve had to give up luxuries and stability for that. A massive tradeoff I’ve had to accept as a permanent nomad is a life of constant movement, missing family and friends’ milestones, and never knowing how much my next paycheck is for. You don’t see or feel the crammed bus rides, travel sickness, lonely silences, and hours of research and trial/error I’ve put into my craft. So it may seem glamorous – and some parts very well are – but you can live your dream life too with passion and sacrifice.
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My Bucket List
- Swim with Whale Sharks
Spend the day with Orangutans in Borneo
- Connect to every wifi in the world so I never need a plan/SIM… I can walk down the street and always be connected!
- Open a hostel / cat café
- Skydive (preferably over water) and land on a yacht [dream big right?]
- Dive with sea lions in the Galapagos
- Hike the Annapurna Circuit in Nepal
- Trans-Mongolian Railway
- Sleep in a Yurt in Kyrgyzstan
Running of the Bulls in Pamplona Afternoon Tea at the Ritz in London
- Bolivian Salt Flats
- Mardi Gras in New Orleans
- Work on a coffee plantation
- Do a 7-10 day silent retreat
Do yoga in Bali, Indonesia Bungee Jump[did the highest bungee bridge in the world! Bloukrans, South Africa]
- Go to Burning Man/Tomorrowland
Holi festival in India
- Dive off the coast of Flores & Komodo Island, Indonesia
- Carnival in Rio
- Dia del Muerto in Mexico
- Go to a World Cup match
- Go to an Olympic event
- Set foot on Antarctica (and see a few penguinos)
- Become fluent in over 3 languages
Watch Hotel Transylvania in Transylvania
- Patagonia, Chile
Shark cage dive with Great Whites
- Hike Mt. Kilimenjaro
Smoke a cigar in Cuba Hike the fjords in Norway
- Finish sleeve tattoo
Clubbing in Ibiza
- Straddle the Equator
- Make sushi
See the northern lights Walk between 2 tectonic plates
- Go dogsledding
See a dung beetlerolling poop [1/2 way there!]
- Swim with otters
- Discover mountain gorillas in Uganda
- Die an epic death
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