Hard to say. I feel like it was innate. As a kid I had such a curiosity for other places and cultures. I loved history, art, and games like the Amazon Trail and Civilization? Who remembers those?
Gosh, a lot. I travel 80% of the year but am looking at cutting that down! I love all places, but am especially drawn to nature.
I think it’s the passion and community. It’s not just a bunch of tips, it’s writing and videos that are fun, like you’re hanging out with a friend, even though sometimes I’m tackling tricky subjects and take such a hard stance on women’s rights and being a responsible tourist.
Everything. There’s so much in California from gorgeous deserts and coastline to mountains and the tallest trees in the world. I still think it’s the greatest place on Earth.
Meditating in silence for 10 days is intense. You’ll never get to know your own mind better than when you’re subjected to it for that long without any distractions allowed. I love how it breaks me down and takes me to the edge, but also teaches me how to be gentle with myself. I think everyone should do it.
That it’s never too late or too early to live out a dream, and if they want to travel the world solo, there’a no reason why a woman can’t do it. I don’t have special qualities that make me a good solo female traveler. I make it as simple and approachable as possible with my writing and my guidebook for solo female travelers.
That’s hard and my mind is always changing, but right now it’s Mozambique for the vibe and beaches, South Africa for the beauty and culture, and I’m rediscovering the incredible variety and beauty of the USA.
Changi in Singapore for sure.
Honestly, myself! I love being able to make the decisions and meet people and do it all spontaneously. Solo traveling is amazing.
I feel like anywhere can be exotic, but freediving with humpback whales in Tonga is one of the more unique things I’ve done.
Maybe a lifetime is a lot to bite off at once. Start small if you want and need to. Take things day by day and allow yourself to change your mind and always travel inwardly too.
Tahiti for more whale swimming and shark diving. I can’t wait!
Kristin Addis is the solo female traveler behind BeMyTravelMuse.com, a website for off the beaten path adventures. A native Californian and former investment banker, she sold off her old life in 2012 with a one-way ticket. She’s traveled the world alone since then, hitchhiking in China, sleeping in a tent for over a month in Africa, and building a travel brand that millions of people use each year. She was selected by USA Today as a top vagabonding blogger and has been featured in Business Insider, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, and BuzzFeed, among others.