The featured guest blogger is a series that will showcase one female blogger’s insight and tips over the period of an entire month. Our next featured guest blogger is Kristin Repsher!Hi! I’m Kristin Repsher, a Texan expat who packed up and moved to the sunny climes of Queensland, Australia, just after graduating from university. Many people thought it was a bit extreme to leave without getting any work experience in the US, but I saw the situation differently; if I’d gone to work in America, the chance of becoming tied down and never being able to live my dreams in Australia was much higher.
Plus, being an expat is a bit of a family tradition. My grandparents moved to Brazil in the 1940s (although they eventually relocated back to the UK) and my mother moved to the US in the 1970s and has lived there ever since. I certainly couldn’t be the one to break that tradition, and now, 4 1/2 years later, I’ve been granted citizenship and am just one ceremony away from being a true blue Aussie.
Even though I chose to move to Australia — the country that requires perhaps the longest plane flights to go anywhere — I still make it a priority to travel as much as my four weeks of annual leave (from my day job as a software engineer) will let me. When I am traveling, I love doing anything and everything adventurous, from jumping out of a perfectly good airplane in New Zealand to riding in a dogsled through the arctic wilds of Sweden.
These experiences have been some of the most memorable of my life and have made me push my boundaries further than they’ve ever been pushed. As a result, I’ve done some amazing things I never would have thought possible ten years ago.
I blog about these experiences at A Pair of Boots and a Backpack, but this month I’ll be writing on Her Packing List about something else close to my heart — travel gear. In the coming weeks, I’ll be writing about how my bag saved me from being pickpocketed in Portugal, how I’ve never been able to answer the question of “which camera do I take traveling?” and how I’ve fallen in love with a pair of Teva sandals. I’m looking forward to it!
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