At 26, I took my first trip abroad to Europe. Shortly after I returned home, I plopped down beside my parents and told them that I would put grad school on hold, say goodbye to corporate America, and scoot away to teach English in the Far East. Well, that conversation was in November 2011. By February 2012 I was on a plane headed to China.
Hangzhou, China served as home for a year and a half. Teaching English was my job–along with exploring the West Lake relentlessly. Immediately following my stint in China, I spent a month and half strapped to a backpack, traveling throughout Southeast Asia. I trotted around four countries including Thailand, Laos, Malaysia, Singapore, and then skipped down to Australia.
After my six week adventure, I scooted back home to Nebraska and soaked up all of the holidays. In January of 2014, I set off for a new exploit in the Middle East. I spent a year teaching bright minds at two universities in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Being exposed to such a rich culture awakened my senses like never before. During my time in Saudi, I even managed to squeeze in a trip to Kenya that rocked my world. Malindi, Nairobi, Mombasa, I miss you!
In April of 2015, I journeyed to Argentina to tackle my six continent and days later cruised to my seventh, Antarctica at the age of 29. Seeing all seven continents by 30 wasn’t too far-fetched after all!
I’m delighted to be home in Nebraska as I treasure time with family and complete my first full-length book, Seven by 30.
I love gleaning and giving as I travel and I’m grateful to God for this opportunity. He has been the best travel guide! One of my greatest passions is sharing my journey with others, so to book me to speak at your organization, school, or conference, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to mention that you stopped by my blog.
Oh! Be sure to snatch your copy of my first eBook, 7 Steps to the 7th Continent: How I Planned for Antarctica and What Really Went Down, available exclusively on sevenby30.com/books. It’s only a buck in English! The Arabic version is $4.99.
❤️ & ✌🏿,
Karissa Denae Johnson