Hi, I'm Alyssa!

I’m an indepedent travel designer for AlyssaAllDay Adventures. I live for adventures, diving, food, photography, music, tattoos, nature, and most of all… travel. Having travelled with my family from a very young age, I should have known my one true love right off the bat. I guess it just took a few years of wandering to learn the direction I was meant for.

I’ve channeled my love and passion of travel into creating tailor-made adventures that are unique for each traveller. Whether it’s a first trip as man and wife, a 50th anniversary, a girls getaway, or a solo excursion – I make travel dreams a reality.

 I’ve dedicated over 4 years to broadening my knowledge of the industry and sharpening the relationships with the vendors I work with. I work closely with specialists directly in each country to ensure the safety and total satisfaction of my clients.

Think we’re already a good team? Contact me to start making magic together here!

 

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Q & A's

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 – It’s just my personal travel style!

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 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.

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.

Awards & Certifications

Top 30Under30 Travel Agents of 2016 by Travel Agent Central
Certified Luxury Specialist by Travel Agent University at the Travel Industry Exchange
Blogger Recognition Award
Feedspot’s Top 100 Travel Bloggers for 2017

Published Articles & Features

Digital Travel Guru – Nomads Around The Globe Interview
Suitcase Six – Woman of the Week

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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
  • Buy a horse and ride across Mongolia
  • 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
  • Cliff jump
  • 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]
  • Holi festival in India
  • Dive off the coast of Flores & Komodo Island, Indonesia
  • Oktoberfest
  • 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 beetle rolling poop [1/2 way there!]
  • Swim with otters
  • Discover mountain gorillas in Uganda
  • Die an epic death

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