About A Wandering Foreigner

About A Wandering Foreigner

I’m addicted to travel, and my life revolves around seeing the world in whatever capacity I can. My blog started out as my travel journal – a place to show and tell friends and family about my experiences while on the road. As my journey evolved, so has this blog.

This is my place to write about my travels and inspire you to live your adventure in whatever way that looks like for you.

All of my travel is done on a budget and almost entirely solo, lasting anywhere from a few weeks to many months. This is where I divulge the stories of where I’ve been, how I got there, and what I learned along the way.

You’ll also find my best budget-friendly travel tips, recommendations, and suggestions on how you can create your own life-changing experience. One that’s authentic to you and speaks to your inner soul-seeking adventurer.

So, what’s my story?

Three years ago, after years of working in PR and integrated marketing, I left my traditional desk job with one goal in mind: travel.

I was on the fast track to a successful career that likely would have made me lots of money. Unfortunately, my work drained me rather than fulfilled me. Something was missing, and everything in me just wanted to run away, travel, and explore.

The only thing holding me back from this dream was fear. What would happen if I gave everything up? Would I be making a huge mistake by walking away from a life and career I’d worked so hard to build?

And then, one day, I left it all to meet the world.

Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, Peru | A Wandering Foreigner

At the ripe age of 27, unforeseen life events forced me to realize it was time for a break. Within two weeks of my decision, I quit my job, sold almost everything I owned, and moved back home to Idaho. Within six months, I’d paid off my credit card debt and financed my first solo trip. On February 25, 2015, I boarded a plane to Panama City, Panama and embarked on a four-month journey through South America.

It’s amazing what happens when the universe steps in and makes decisions for you. When everything explodes in your face and you can no longer deny the fact that something just isn’t working anymore.

That trip changed my life, as it does for many first-time solo travelers, and has continued to open my world to people, places, and things I never dreamed of experiencing.

And now…

I’m still going!

Today, I work as a location independent freelance digital marketer and public relations consultant who’s always on the move and working on new projects. When I’m not on a plane to international locations, I split my time between Denver, Colorado, and my hometown of Sun Valley, Idaho.

Venice, Italy | A Wandering Foreigner

I live to travel. It’s my passion, my love, my everything. It’s allowed me to recognize who I am, what I want for my life, and what’s most important to me. My favorite thing about traveling? Every time I leave on another trip, more of who I am and what I want is revealed.

I share my stories here to inspire you because I believe, whether it’s short- or long-term, travel can change lives and has the power to change the world.

I don’t have it all figured out. Not even close. But, I’m learning that life is a journey and a process, and that’s what makes it worth living.

Life moves at a million miles an hour and is constantly changing. The beauty of travel is that it gives us that moment that we all need to take a step back, breath, be present, learn something new, and enjoy what this amazing world has to offer.

I invite you to join on this wild ride.

-Casey

 

4 Comments

  1. James Scott

    August 21, 2015 at 7:34 pm

    How inspiring ! A wonderful story 🙂

    1. kcoleswo

      August 21, 2015 at 9:37 pm

      Thank you! It’s been fun. Your story is quite inspiring, as well!

  2. spicykatsup

    September 25, 2017 at 4:25 pm

    Your story/work/life is the inspiration that my generation needs to hear. Through your beautiful writing, you are able to motivate me (and others I’m sure) to take control of my life. Why should I be stuck running the 9-5 rat race every day? You’re an incredible example of stepping outside of those corporate walls, taking a deep (free) breath, and regaining my independence to experience the world on my own terms and really leading a life worth living. I want to lead a life where my grandkids will sit around my rocking chair and say “Pop-pop, tell us again about the time that you fended off the wild dogs with only water filter and bandana as you were hiking up the Incan trail. Did you really meet an indigenous tribal woman that taught you how to make a sunscreen/facepaint by mixing dried leaves and local mud?” and I can respond, “Again!? But you’ve all heard that one a million times! Well, Ok. I suppose, we do have about an hour before the sun rises and we start to summit the pre-Andean mountain range.” I mean, damn, girl. If you can do it, so can I. Casey, thank you sooo much for your inspiration. Now the only remaining questions are, where am I traveling to next? and where is my water filter?

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