ABOUT

Hi! I'm Kelsey.

This blog is an outlet for me as I document my adventures through travel and daily life. I seem to be on a never-ending quest to find myself while getting lost in the world.

I fell in love with travel after adventuring across New Zealand for five months while studying abroad. I was also able to explore Australia and Fiji and I knew my love for travel wouldn't stop after returning to my home university.

I soon found myself visiting the coast of Ecuador for a short week. I felt a strong connection with the country and knew immediately that one week wasn't enough. A few months before college graduation, I basically begged for a post-grad internship with an ecotourism company in Canoa, a very small surf town. They agreed to have me help them develop their web site, blog and social media branding in exchange for room and board.

So shortly after graduation, with only a couple hundred dollars in my bank account, I flew alone to a country where I knew no one and didn't speak the language. I found myself living on an organic farm in the tropical forest. This was an amazing, and sometimes very difficult, experience.

Eventually, the money ran out and I needed to move on, but I wasn't ready to stop speaking Spanish. I took a job at a bilingual school so I could continue my life in Ecuador. After a year and an expired visa, I returned back to The States to try out a more settled life with a permanent career. That didn't work out so well, and I found myself with the desire to leave again.

I knew I wanted to continue speaking Spanish, so on to Spain! After becoming TEFL Certified in Barcelona, I moved to Madrid to find a job. You can read more about this from an interview here.

I loved the everyday challenges of living in a foreign country. I was constantly discovering new foods and customs, learning new words and seeing new sights. Every day was an adventure!

When Spanish visa issues plagued me, I decided it was time to move back to the Unites States and begin my career. I now work in social media as a Digital Marketing Specialist in Washington, D.C. I try to keep the expat mentality of finding adventure in everyday life while traveling every chance I get.

Along with travel, I love the mountains - hiking, climbing, and snowboarding down them. I enjoy reading, writing and making videos. I seem to find a connection with soccer in every country I call home. And I am a social media addict.
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Write to me! Send email inquiries to hello@kelseysocial.com.
I'd love to hear from you!


7 comments:

  1. Ah! I have a few questions about teaching with a TEFL cert and some experience abroad - currently in Costa Rica, looking to move. Would LOVE to get some advice from you..

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  2. Hi Kelsey,
    I stumbled across your blog while doing research about Spain. I consider you a subject matter expert so I'm hoping you can give me some advice. If you don't have time, I totally understand. I'm sure you get crazy fan email all the time. ;)
    I want to spend 8-10 weeks this summer in Spain to learn Spanish primarily. I want to take classes at a Spanish school (nothing expensive) and I'm hoping to find a part-time job. I have read Madrid would maybe be a good area for this. I have heard working under the table is common. In your experience, have you seen that? I could teach English at summer camps, work in a bar, cafe or as a receptionist, do social media, marketing, graphic design, web design for small hotels/hostels, or edit English copy. Do you think I could find something? Would I be offending all sorts of people even trying? Do you have any resources you could recommend for me? Spanish school recomendations? Thanks in advance and I look forward to reading more about your fabulous adventures!

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  3. Hi Kelsey.
    I am a local rock climber in New Zealand.
    I see that you visited Whanganui Bay in NZ a while back. As you will recall, that area is a private bay owned by a local Maori trust. Climbers are allowed to visit and climb by their kind permissions only.
    Unfortunately, a photo of sacred Maori bones (in a cave up the climb known as Tibia) on your blog has caused a major access for us. It (and some other photos of the bones on other sites) have come to the attention of the locals and they are considering closing access for climbers, permanently.
    Obviously you meant no harm by posting the photo but I wonder if you could please delete it from your site? That would go some way to addressing the issue I am trying to deal with.
    Let me know what you think.
    I tried emailing you but it didn't seem to work.
    Thanks in advance
    John Palmer

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    1. Hi John, I've removed the photo. That is such a nice climb and I wouldn't want climbers to lose access. Best of luck to you!

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  4. Hi Kelsey!

    The form on this page doesn't seem to be working, so I'm posting here instead. I stumbled upon your blog because I hope to move to Spain after I graduate from university this May. I've been considering doing the TEFL route like you did, but there isn't a ton of info about it online. I was wondering what visa you used to live in Spain and if/how you renewed it. Also, was it difficult to support yourself on freelance English classes?
    Thanks in advance! Any help would be much appreciated :)

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  6. I have been trying to read about your TEFL experience in Spain, but every time I click on the link it asks for a password. I am hoping to teach in Spain and am exploring all of my options.

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