I am so glad you decided to stop by my About page! You’re not like those other people who just skip over my About page—no, sir. You care about your impact on the destinations you travel to; you want to have the help of a travel professional like me to ensure you’re getting the most value out of your trip; and, you want to have the security of knowing I have your back while you travel!
Sound like you?
(If you’re here just looking for someone to find you the cheapest trip, without concern for whether or not it will be an enjoyable and sustainable trip, then here is the parting of our ways. The good news is if you change your mind and decide those things are important to you, I’ll be right here ready to help!)
The road to my becoming a travel agent is long and winding—with no guard rails! But to give you a smoother, less nauseating ride, I’ll highlight some key moments from my life that led to the travel agent you see pictured all over this page:
· Senior year of college I read Michael Pollan’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma and become super interested in sustainable food. I’m briefly a vegetarian, and when I do eat meat again it is only locally sourced meat that has been humanely treated. The sustainability mindset has planted roots in my brain.
· In 2012, I plan my honeymoon—a three-week extravaganza of train travel out west to see some of our nation’s most beautiful national parks (including the Grand Canyon and Rocky Mountain National Park). I have nearly as much fun planning it as I do going on it!
· In 2014, my in-laws go out to Colorado where my parents own a condo, and, since my in-laws have never been to Colorado, I make them an itinerary. (I was trying to run a dog treat business at the time, and spent a lot of time making the itinerary instead of running my dog treat business. Needless to say, since my heart wasn’t in it, that dog treat business no longer exists.)
· In 2015, I have a major crisis about what to do with my life. In some self-help book I’m reading—trust me, there were hundreds—it has me pretend that I’m speaking to 70-year-old Kelsey, and I ask 70-year-old Kelsey what I should be doing right now. I felt silly, but 70-year-old Kelsey told me to plan a trip to visit my friend who was living in North Carolina. Not go on a trip to visit my friend, plan the trip. So, I start thinking, hmmm, maybe I like planning trips.
· Not long after that I join the Travel Leaders of Tomorrow program and get an internship at a nearby travel agency, where I will start working once I’ve finished my program. Life is finally going my way!
· …Until my advisor tells me she doesn’t think the travel agency I have an internship at would be a good fit for me. The agency focuses on luxury travel, I want to focus on sustainable; it’s a brick and mortar, I want to work from home. Like any sane, professional person, I break down crying. (My poor advisor—I don’t think she could understand half the things I was saying I was blubbering so much!)
· Fast forward to now owning my own sustainable travel agency and working from home: Best. Decision. Of. My. Life.
If I’ve learned anything from my crazy work history, it’s that it can be very tempting to ignore our core values (in my case sustainability and independence) for an easier route, but we’re never as happy when we do.
You are an environmentally and socially conscious person, why shouldn’t your travel reflect that?
Have a looksee at my mission statement below to see how I incorporate some other of my core values into my travel business:
I named Anahata Travel after the heart chakra, symbolizing love and interconnectedness. As a sustainable and adventure travel agency, we manifest these values of love and interconnectedness through three avenues:
1. Our pledge of sustainability stems from our belief that we must take care in all our actions—especially travel—since they are intertwined with the rest of the world;
2. We work devotedly with our clients to send them on personalized, heart-touching trips that help them become more engaged global citizens;
3. Our customer service makes even the most stressful travel experiences more serene by offering 24/7 trip emergency access and highly detailed pre-trip packets.
It doesn’t matter what business I’m in (dog treats, piano lessons—yep, add that to the list), I approach it with love. I know how important and fun travel is, but I also know how intimidating it can be to plan it.
You shouldn’t have to miss out on some of the best experiences of your life just because they seem a little scary. That’s why I’m here!
I’ve got the passion for sustainability and the empathy for you to make the stressful parts of travel much less so. (Let’s face it: most massive online travel agencies like Expedia don’t give two poots if you have a satisfying, sustainable trip—they just want your money.)
Whew! I’m impressed you made it all the way through that.
If you’d like more information about what working with me is like, hop on over to Work with Me. If you’re itching to start planning your trip now, send me a message! If you want more travel tips and information—more, more!—sign up for my newsletter below, where you’ll receive a weekly email filled with helpful general travel and sustainable travel tips (and occasionally deals from my favorite suppliers)!
To thank you for reading this whole dang page, I’d like to offer you some of my most popular trip tip sheets:
5 Ways to Rethink Travel
Amtrak Quick Guide
10 Easy-Peasy Ways to Make Your Travel More Sustainable
First Passport Checklist
Mindfulness Tips for Travel
Travel Health Worksheet
Now get out there and go!
Where I've Been
China, Dominican Republic, England, France, Germany, Hungary, Czech Republic, Austria, California, Arizona, Colorado, Southeastern United States, New York, Chicago, Washington D.C., New Orleans, Outer Banks, and more!
April 7: I have a booth at the Kentucky Green Living Fair!
To be determined! (I'm looking at Alaska vs. China again!)