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THINK OUTSIDE THE CUBICLE

You are never too old, too busy,
or too blonde to pause what you’re doing
and take some time to follow your dreams.

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May you never settle

for a life

that's anything

short of

extraordinary!

About The Blonde Abroad

Hi! I’m Kiersten, a California native, who, not too long ago, left my career in corporate finance to become a world traveler. Since then, I’ve traveled to over 50 countries and have knocked some big adventures off my bucketlist. I hope to inspire you to live a life you love and settle for nothing less than extraordinary.

Like many people, I was taught to go to college, get a job, get married, have kids and live happily ever after. Not once did I consider that chasing the societal idea of “success” would lead me to an unfulfilling and unhappy life. After graduating with honors and getting a job at a prestigious financial firm in LA, I soon realized I was living someone else’s dream. I left my career to travel the world, volunteer in developing countries, and discover my own happily ever after.

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    Number of Countries/Provinces I’ve been to: 54
    Favorite Destinations: Jordan, Thailand, Bolivia, Australia and Belgium
    Top 10 Destinations I Want to Visit: Hawaii, Iceland, Cuba, South Africa, India, Nepal, Japan, Brazil, Canada and Sweden

    SEE WHERE I’VE BEEN
    Many readers often ask how I can afford to keep traveling. A few times I’ve been asked if I’m secretly dating a sheik or am burning through a trust fund. How could a young lady such as my self possibly travel so often?

    The key is learning to live with less and, above all, compromise. After leaving my job in Los Angeles, I left my luxury apartment, two walk-in closets, my high-end gym membership and cut myself off from all beauty services. I thought these were all things I needed in order to be happy. Silly me.

    I moved my things back into my parents home (never thought that day would come) and began traveling with a backpack and a shoestring budget. For nearly three years I lived on less than $50 a day.

    Four years later, I am now on the road nine months of the year and have a six-member team helping run this site.

    So, how do I make money if I’m always traveling?

    1) The Blonde Abroad is actually a multi-level business and has various revenue streams including affiliate programs, consulting, social media marketing and digital content creation.

    2) I take press trips where expenses are covered and I am paid for social media marketing or producing content like photography or videography. (You’ll always know if I take a press trip as I disclose it in the post). I take these trips when it’s a place I’m excited to see, and I think my readers will benefit from my my first hand perspective of the trip.

    3) I offer social media and marketing consulting as well as content creation for brands that want to focus on authenticity and engagement. I began consulting out of my own love for social media and branding and enjoy helping create solutions for other companies.

    3) I also run Blog Mentorship courses to provide bloggers with 1-on-1 coaching on design, branding and social media. Together with a web developer and graphic designer, we offer a comprehensive program that gives bloggers the tools they need to build and maintain their dream blog.

    If you are a tourism board, hotel or brand interested in sharing the personal side of your destination, learn more about how we can work together.

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