Kiersten is a travel coach and entrepreneur that is originally from California but now lives in Spain. I came across her in the travel groups on Facebook and read more into her story as I’m always fascinated with an American living abroad. I’m proud to have her part of the Know Thy Traveler series.
What is your name?
Kiersten Marie Brown
Where are you from and where do you currently reside?
From Los Angeles California. Residing in Cartagena Spain.
What do you do for a living?
Entrepreneur : Travel Coach. English confidence coach, English teacher
What countries have you traveled to and which was your favorite?
Mexico, Panama, Cuba, Colombia, Spain, Portugal, Costa Rica, Various Islands in the Caribbean. Mexico is still my favorite because of the people and the food and it always feels like home.
Do you prefer to travel alone or with someone and why?
Alone then meet up with people in different countries.
How would you describe your life before you started traveling?
Good life. I was fortunate to have started traveling at a young age with my family and after awhile I discovered I was happier when I traveled
How has traveling changed your life?
It’s given me a better quality of life and helped me find my truest self and grow in my potential. It has allowed me to connect to others, help others on an international scale, and opened my eyes to the beauty and good that is in this world.
What is your favorite aspect of traveling?
Meeting new people and cultures
Where is your next destination?
Have there been any moments while traveling when you felt in danger or uncomfortable? How did you get away from it?
Uncomfortable yes because maybe I didn’t understand what was happening. There have been some times when men have approached me somewhat aggressively or inappropriately, but in those situations and any situation the moment I feel uncomfortable I leave. My father always taught me to be aware of my surroundings. When something doesn’t seem or feel right I leave. On the other hand, there have been many times when I’ve gotten lost and had to trust in people to help. Even though it may not seem like it at times, I do believe there is more good in this world than evil.
What pre-cautions do you take for the safety of your property and yourself?
Not leaving myself open such as walking around with my cellphone or wallet where someone could easily take it. Constantly checking to make sure I have everything with me and being aware of my surroundings. Also, I talk to people, locals, ex-pats etc the people often know where’s safe and where’s not.
What advice would you give to someone aspiring to become a frequent traveler?
The only thing holding you back is you. We often blame the money or time or work but if you really want something you will find a way. Also there are.so many ways to travel you don’t have to settle on just one.