I treated myself to seeing the world. I wanted to reward my courage after overcoming a devastating stroke and completing my BA. At 26, I took my first trip abroad. I flew to England and France. Shortly after I got home, I sat down with 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.
I finished a year and a half of teaching English in Hangzhou, China back in September of 2013. It was such a fast-paced 18 months. I enjoyed my entire experience. Immediately following my stint in China, I spent a month and half strapped to a backpack, traveling throughout Southeast Asia. I visited four countries including Thailand, Laos, Malaysia, Singapore, and then skipped down to Australia.
After my six week adventure, I came home to Nebraska in the US and soaked up all of the year end holidays. In January of 2014, I set off for a new exploit in Saudi Arabia. I spent a year teaching bright minds at two universities in Riyadh. Being exposed to such a unique culture awakened me like never before. It was an unbelievable and life-changing experience. 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 reached my goal of visiting South America and Antarctica, at the age of 29, which were my last two continents. I have now seen all seven continents by 30. I’m delighted to be home in Nebraska as I treasure time with family and work on writing 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 email@example.com. Be sure to mention that you stopped by my blog. I’m also a columnist at Gospel Today Magazine. Feel free to check out my “Diary of a Travel-Diva” articles and join the journey!
Oh! Don’t forget 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