We want you to get to know us better, so we thought why not introduce you to a new team member each month – and what would fit better, than our ‘Travelette of the Month’ series? November’s Travelette of the month is Phoebe Nygren, the newest edition to our Travelettes team. An all American girl, who has down handstands in over 37 countries and recently relocated to Austin, Texas,  has agreed to answer some of my most burning questions:

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Phoebe, how did you actually get involved with the Travelettes? 

I found the Travelettes when I was researching where to go in Vietnam, and stumbled onto Sophie’s, The Travelettes Itinerary: How to Travel Vietnam in One Month – an in depth guide covering which cities to skip, and which cities were absolute must-sees!

I began searching through the Travelettes archives for information on all of my upcoming trips, and really fell in love with the variety of voice and content. After a few months and probably ten reminders to Kathi (did I say I am incredibly impatient), I finally had my first guest post published.

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I know you have lived in Barcelona, Arizona, and Sydney – what did you do there and am I missing any of your homes?

I am originally a Midwestern girl from the state of Wisconsin, so I know my way around a farm, and am a cheese head at heart. I studied abroad in Barcelona where I fell in love with espresso, Spanish boys, and the concept of siestas. I then went to Arizona State University where I majored in Entrepreneurship and International Business. After graduation, I moved half way across the world to explore life as an Aussie Au pair in Sydney, Australia.

If you can’t already tell, I like movement, and can’t sit still too long. Currently, I am running around digging up new adventures in Austin, Texas! 

Who is your favorite travel partner? 

Ironically, my dad. He was my first travel partner, and I have been to 17 countries with him by my side. Our travel highlights include sipping ice cold beer and eating freshly shucked oysters on a Sunday afternoon in New Orleans, ATVing through the muddy Hawaiian jungle, and running into lions in the Sahara Desert.

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I see you like to go upside down a lot in your travels… love those handstands! Tell us a little more about this…

It kind of became my thing when I was traveling this past year. I began doing handstands in the most obnoxious, random, or weird places in the world and then made a video about it! I’m a former gymnast and current yogi instructor, so why not touch the world with my hands?

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How important do you think travel is to a person’s personal and professional development?

Crucial. Traveling, moving, seeing things from a different perspective is such an important element to personal growth, which overflows into professional growth.

Will travel writing always be in your future then? 

Absolutely. Life without writing is just not a life I am interested in living. I am also not interested in living a life without yoga pants, ice cream, wine nights in random cities, and adventuring to foreign countries…

I want to write for a platform like Travelettes, one with the ability to reach hundreds of thousands of users, because I want to inspire women to live their lives to the fullest. I want all my ladies going through a rough patch on the travel train to know that it will be okay, I promise. I love the capability words have to transform a reader’s day, change the course of their entire travel experience, or simply lead them to an unforgettable meal in a foreign place.

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If you would like to find more about Phoebe, feel free to shoot her an email – she would be more than happy to connect. If you’re ever in Austin, Texas send her a message on Facebook, she’d love to meet up for coffee, a random adventure, or a yoga sesh!

 

From now on, every month we will introduce you to one of our team members. Stay tuned!