Alyssa is our first Woman of the Week this October. I haven’t had the chance to meet Alyssa in person yet, but her answers really resonate with me and I think we’d be fast friends – we both like diving and tattoos, and her philosophy on why travel is important takes the words right out of my mouth. She’s here to share her a bit of her story with you!
Tell us about yourself?
Hey! I’m Alyssa from Alyssaallday – Professional travel designer, travel blogger, and permanent nomad. I live for adventures, diving, food, photography, music, tattoos, and most of all… travel. I’ve traveled to over 65 countries and I have no intention of stopping. My passion (and obsession really) is to help others discover the beauty in travel and inspire those to explore out of their comfort zone and beyond the ordinary.
Why do you travel?
I travel to learn about places and people. I travel to embrace life and love all the ups and downs it brings me and I try to share what I’ve learned with others and give back what the world has given me.
How do you balance work and travel?
I balance it quite well now that I’m an entrepreneur. I run my travel business – AlyssaAllDay Adventures – from home so I can work wherever I am. Sure, I’ll put the computer down to climb a mountain or go diving, but I put my heart and soul into planning travel for my clients.
What’s the best lesson you’ve learned from your travels?
The most important thing I’ve learned is to never take life too seriously. We have such a short time on this earth and it should be spent working towards a greater good, putting out more than you take in, and generally loving. Loving life, people, stillness, simplicity, how to just be – that’s what travel has taught me.
Share one of your favorite travel memories.
One of my favorite memories was during the 25 hour bus from Antananarivo in Madagascar up to the North. It was 3am, the bus was CRAMMED, the ceiling was leaking water on us, and babies were crying. We had a flat tire and pulled off in the most remote area imaginable to try and fix it. Everything was so uncomfortable and frustrating that myself and my two friends just started laughing at how insane everything seemed. We laid out in the middle of the road and stared up at the stars. Because there was no city for miles and not a cloud in the sky, the whole milky way was lit up and our worries just slipped away. It was the most free I’d ever felt.
If you could share one travel tip with other women, what would it be?
JUST GO! It seems scary but committing is the first and hardest step – it’s all easy from there! If you’ve been eyeing a country, book your flight and go – who knows who you’ll meet or where you’ll end up.