My name is Allison and I’m a travelholic.
Phew, that felt good to get off my chest! Any-who, there is much to know about me, but I prefer to ease you into the craziness of my so-called life, so I’ll start with some basic introductions.
FOR STARTERS, I’m a born and raised Vegas girl on the endless pursuit of epic adventures!
Of course, traveling is a huge part of my life, but the other part is usually spent slappin’ da bass at concerts, binge-watching funny dogs videos, and waiting for my Hogwarts letter to arrive. Hollaback if you’re a Slytherin!
So basically, I love fantasy worlds, music, and clearly spend too much time on Youtube.
But while I have you here. . .
Here are a few other fun facts:
Favorite Movie: Under the Tuscan Sun
Favorite Band: Panic at the Disco! I could go on forever with this topic, but if you took a drive with me, I would most likely be listening to them. Car dancing required!
Favorite Drink: Old Fashions (I know, delicious right?)
Life Goals: Travel and be happy.
Most Memorable Travel Moment to Date: Starting the biggest game of flip cup at the Delirium Bar in Brussels with people from all over the world. What started with me and my two friends soon became tables and tables being pushed together and cheers roaring all around the bar. It was seriously cool!
Favorite Food: Mexican food or anything from Trader Joes
Simply stated, I believe it is better to see something once than to hear about it a thousand times.
Besides, it is so important for people to step outside their comfort zones at least once – not only to appreciate themselves but to understand that we are NOT all alike and that that is a beautiful thing!
The more we understand other cultures the less judgment we pass. I seriously believe if more people (*cough* Americans) traveled, we would have fewer problems in the world.
Ahh yes, the summer of 2012. Not to say I didn’t travel a lot before, but 2012 was a game changer. I went on my first ever backpacking trip to Europe for 5 weeks and all I could say was WOW!
Seeing things I’ve never seen before and meeting people from such different backgrounds gave me a whole new gratification. Needless to say, I’ve been hooked ever since!
Realizing how fortunate I was to not only have traveled from such a young age but also, to have found passion and fulfillment in my work, I knew I wanted to help others achieve the same satisfaction. Read more about Seeking Neverland here.
But it wasn’t always rainbows and unicorns.
Seeking Neverland was really born out of me living two extremes. I was miserable at my job in Audit. Every day at work, all I could think about was traveling for traveling gave me such a rush. When I traveled I was happy and life seemed perfect, but then I would come home to a job that gave me no fulfillment.
I thought to myself, “this is no life to live”. It wasn’t healthy.
So I knew I wanted a big change and thought, “well, maybe it’s Las Vegas”. Maybe I needed to leave and start a new life somewhere else. Then I would be happy.
That’s when I decided to move to Prague and teach English.
I enrolled in a TEFL certification course, bought a one-way ticket to Prague and saved every dime I had. The whole time I thought, “this is crazy but so exciting”. I felt like myself again and strangely, my relationship got better.
Teaching English wasn’t what I wanted to do. It was just another job meant to take me to a place I could be happy. Yet, I still felt something was missing.
I remember reading an article that discussed in order to find your passion go back to your childhood. Well, my childhood and teenage years consisted of me recreating music videos and choreographing dances. Basically, I was a creator.
During this time I was also discovering vloggers and bloggers building these incredible online communities and thought “this sounds amazing”. It’s something I can completely own and build from the ground up, hence a creative outlet. All the yes!!
Before I knew it I was brainstorming names and in October 2016, launched Seeking Neverland.
Why the name Seeking Neverland?
Neverland represents an imaginary place where everything is perfect and no-one has any problems. Not to mention, the lost boys were able to be whoever they wanted.
Isn’t that what we all strive for?
Moving to Prague changed everything. To this day, I don’t think I would have realized that if it weren’t for me traveling.
I’m grateful for what traveling has opened my eyes and mind too and want to help others find their passion through exploration.
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Now that you know a little more about me, I would love to know more about you. Leave a comment below, send me a message, subscribe, or do all three!
P.S. If you are looking to get to know me more in a chill, hangout vibe, then tune into my weekly Travel Talk Tuesdays happening on IGTV!