Welcome to Jetfarer! If you’re reading this, I’ve got a feeling this is going to be the start of an epic friendship…
But wait. I’m getting ahead of myself! You don’t even know who I am yet! Keep reading so I can properly introduce myself…
So, umm yeah! I’m Kay. I’m originally from small town Virginia, but have moved all around the East Coast and the United States for basically my entire life. I spent my childhood days blissfully wandering through the Blue Ridge Mountains, rolling in leaves, playing in creeks…you know, the usual overly adventurous 5-year-old stuff.
But those early years spent outside gave me a real problem: I’m now an adventure addict. Basically, if I’m not at my computer banging out articles or photos for this here website, I’m probably out hiking, biking, or camping somewhere beautiful.
So yeah, I’m virtually obsessed with anything and everything outdoor or adventure-related, including but not limited to breathtaking landscapes, thick wool hiking socks, sleeping in 2-person hammocks, white chocolate macadamia nut Clif bars, backpacker meals (yes, I actually like them a lot…), and bug spray that doesn’t feel like slime.
I also really enjoy tackling hikes that are a liiiiiittle over my skill level, pitching my tent, and dreaming of my next adventure (which I’m constantly doing, including right at this very moment).
In case you’re interested, here are some other interesting (/totally weird) facts about me:
- I was born on May 5, and all of my friends call my birthday “Cinco de Kayo.”
- Believe it or not, I am 100% American, born in the United States. (My answer to: “But Kay, you don’t look American…where are you really from??”)
- …But my parents are both from the Philippines. (Not that it matters.)
- I have a midget cat (yes, he is literally genetically a dwarf) named Bitty Bins. We adopted him from the shelter in 2015.
- I also have a non-midget boyfriend named Rafael. He sometimes makes an appearance on Jetfarer, but usually just in photos or the background doing techie stuff that I know nothing about.
- No, I don’t count countries. I lost count in 2018 at ~55. The reason why I don’t count them is because I’m too obsessed with a select few that I keep going back over and over. I’m totally okay with not visiting all of the countries in the world.
- When I’m not traveling or working, I love running, rock climbing, and yoga. I once did a program that had me doing yoga for 40 days straight, and I fell in love with it. I ran my first marathon in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. I’ve just started with rock climbing and I’m pretty terrible at it, but I’d love to keep doing it to improve my strength, knock my fear of hikes, and build confidence.
- I also love going to the spa and getting totally pampered. Fun fact, when I’m not out destroying my feet on a trail or my hands at the rock gym, I’m obsessed with spa treatments, both DIY at home stuff and actual spas. Funner fact: I once went to a wine spa in Armenia where ALL of the products were make of wine. It was literally heaven.
How Jetfarer Was Born
With just 15 vacation days, I realized I had to plan extremely carefully to be able to have the incredible adventures I spent hours in my cubicle dreaming about. So, I decided I would not let a single day off go untouched, and since starting work, I’ve used every single day off to explore some of the world’s most beautiful landscapes. The last few years have been a never-ending cycle of working hard, saving money, spending it on an incredible adventure, then rinsing and repeating.
Does that sound familiar?
Since starting my first full-time job, I’ve taken a ton of amazing trips, including:
- Driving Iceland’s Ring Road
- Going trekking in Patagonia (twice!)
- Hiking to Machu Picchu
- Sandboarding in Chile’s driest desert
- Road tripping through the Canadian Rockies (Waterton Lakes, Banff, and Jasper!)
- Learning to surf in El Salvador
- Seeing the northern lights in Norway
- Climbing Mount Fuji in Japan
- Visiting Iran as an American citizen
- Exploring Central Asia (AKA “the -stans”)
- Running a marathon in Rio de Janeiro
I founded Jetfarer.com to showcase my many adventures and show you how you can do the same! You can find all kinds of guides on the blog, including:
- Hiking Guides
- Camping Guides
- Adventure Travel Itineraries
- Destination Guides
- Sustainable Travel Guides
- Other Updates/Shenanigans/Opinion Pieces/Guest Posts/etc. from time to time
Okay, I know, I know…I think it’s time to address the elephant in the room…
What the #@$% is a “Jetfarer”?
Well, my friend, since you asked…Jetfarer is a word, made up by me (obviously), that’s a combination of:
jetsetter + wayfarer
The stems from my love of taking a week off of work, jumping on a plane (jetsetting), and then getting on my feet (wayfaring) to explore some of the most beautiful places on earth.
Jetfarers are intrepid and adventurous and are constantly dreaming of trekking in the Himalayas or taking an excursion to Antarctica, even while they’re sitting in their desk at work. (Raise your hand if that’s you right now! Don’t lie, we won’t judge…)
In general, Jetfarers love to hike, walk, bike, paddle, and go on all kinds of adventures in the world’s national parks and wild places. You can pretty much always find Jetfarers outdoors when they’re not at work.
The TL;DR? Jetfarers are awesome AF.
So, if you find yourself nodding in agreement and then bolting faster than the speed of light to book your next ticket, you’ve come to the right place. Have a look around, get cozy, and get ready for your next adventure! Of course, you can always get in touch with me by emailing kay(at)jetfarer.com or writing a note on our Contact page.
Talk soon and happy adventuring!
A Few Disclosures
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