I'm just a 30 something young professional who wants to help you travel more with a 9-5. I am tired of people thinking you can't travel with a career and I'm proving that you can!
Hi travel besties! I am so glad to virtually meet you. My name is Kayla and I am so excited for you to get to know me.
Let's start with the basics. Just like you, I am your average young professional. By day I am a full-time registered nurse on a rapid response team and by night I am a travel content creator and podcast host. I live in the very unappreciated state of Michigan, I have two cats who are brother and sister named Archie and Olivia and I have a mortgage,
I also have this undeniable desire to travel and see the world. But social media can make you feel like you need to quit your job and sell all of your belongings to travel the world. And that couldn't be any further from the truth. It is my mission to inspire, encourage and help you travel more with a 9-5.
Let me be your travel bestie to help you check off those bucket list destinations and climb the corporate ladder!
I did not grow up in a family where we took extravagant trips around the world. In fact, here in Michigan most of our vacations included "going Up North." As much as I loved family time in my beautiful home state of Michigan, I knew there was a much larger world out there that I wanted to experience. So let's fast forward to the ripe age of 21 where I had my first opportunity to spread my wings and take a trip to Europe. This was my first of many international flights that sparked my need to see the world!
I fell in love with the different cultures, sights, food and people from the places I visited. The more I traveled, the larger my bucket list began to grow. And I knew I had to figure out how I could start checking off those bucket list items while still also achieving my career goals that I worked so hard for in college. I spent my breaks at work googling where I could travel to next. I put money aside from each pay check to afford my next trip. And I began taking full advantage of my CTO and long weekends.
Every conversation I had with co-workers, family and friends always started off with, "So Kayla, where are you off to next?" This sparked such happiness inside of me. I would share all of my past, present and future travels with anyone who would listen. I also loved hearing about their travels, which then would only make my bucket list grow larger. One day I realized that this travel community is so much larger than my family, friends and co-workers. And that is when I decided to start sharing my adventures with the world!
I bought my first GoPro in 2016 and that is when my YouTube journey began! I started off with quick montages of my trips to share with family and friends. It wasn't until 2019 when I started to take YouTube more seriously and that is when The Wanderful Life of Kayla started!
Fast forward to three years later, I have now traveled to 30+ countries, checked off many bucket list items, traveled solo and met some of the most amazing people that I am now lucky to call friends. I have created a YouTube community of over 4.6K+ subscribers where I share all of travel adventures and mishaps with. I use my platform to encourage others that it is possible to find time to travel all while achieving those careers goals.
So, I'm just a girl in front of a camera escaping the 9-5, or in my case 12 hour shifts, and I am encouraging the world to do the same!