I’m Kirstie Jeffries, traveler, blogger, and digital marketer. I’ve left everything behind to travel the world for over a year as a budget backpacker (though you’ll read about the occasional splurges!) and freelancer, and I’m loving every moment of it.
In the past eighteen months of backpacking, I’ve visited forty countries across five continents and had some unforgettable experiences like volunteering with sloths in Costa Rica, innertubing in Vietnam, bush-camping in Argentina, and wine-tasting in Armenia.
Originally from Pasadena, California, I’ve been traveling nearly all my life but caught the travel bug when I studied in Granada, Spain for a month in high school. I later spent three years in Spain, one studying in Madrid and two teaching as an auxiliar de conversación through the Spanish Ministry of Education’s North American Language and Culture Assistants Program in Villarrasa, Andalucía and Alcorcón, Madrid and living in Sevilla and Madrid. During that time, I spent every free chance I had exploring Spain and Europe.
But I wasn’t done with the world yet! I then moved to Sydney, Australia for two and a half years. I arrived on a working holiday visa, initially planning to stay for a few months, but I found a fantastic job as people2people‘s Digital Marketing & Communications Specialist, got sponsored for a 457 work visa, and stayed until setting off as a full-time traveler.
Have any questions about travel, expat life, budget backpacking, working as a digital nomad, Australian working holidays/work visas, or the Spanish auxiliares de conversación program? Interested in collaborating? Don’t hesitate to contact me!
Enjoy as I share my stories, photos, and advice from 72 countries and counting!