Since quitting her investment banking job in Newport Beach, California—a career that was earning her six figures a year—Kristin Addis has been backpacking the globe. In 2012, she bought a one-way ticket to Bangkok and, five years later, she’s a full-time travel blogger at Be My Travel Muse and author of two books, Conquering Mountains: How to Solo Travel the World Fearlessly and A Thousand New Beginnings: Tales of Solo Female Travel Through Southeast Asia.
Simply, she decided she didn’t want to live the cubicle life anymore. And, after reading up on travel blogs, she realized that the travelers she followed weren’t “trust fund babies.” So after saving up, she kickstarted a cumulative year-and-a-half of adventure in Southeast Asia.
Flash forward and Addis has traversed even more corners of the globe. She’s been bungee jumping in South Africa and paragliding in Nepal. She’s been sand-boarding in Namibia and she spent a week scuba diving in Indonesia’s Komodo National Park. Because of her success on the road thus far, Be My Travel Muse sells over $25,000 USD worth of products and services per month via affiliate links, and Addis has welcomed 1.5 million readers in the last year. She’s gained about 200,000 social media followers, and just recently hopped on the YouTube bandwagon to share videos, too.
She’s made a name for herself as the expert on solo female travel and, therefore, she’s been able to earn the same income today that she was making when she’d left. We caught up with her to ask how she quit her job to travel the world while keeping financially afloat.