I’m Alyssa Ramos, a 28-year old self-made travel blogger claiming residency in LA when I’m not traveling around the world. I’m an adventure junky and an explorer, and I tend to opt for challenges and pushing limits. I suppose you could say my niche is “solo female adventure travel”, but that sounds extremely tame considering the type of stunts I usually pull. So far I have been to 36 countries and 6 continents, and my top favorite places have been Iceland and Peru!
I’m a no-bullshit, IDGAF kind of gal; if someone tells me not to do something I’ll immediately do it, and I write what I think which sometimes is a bit sarcastic, but always bluntly honest.
Although now solo travel is insanely popular, when I first started doing it it wasn’t. I took my first solo trip because I kept waiting around for other people to travel with, which made me miss a lot of opportunities. After my first solo trip though I realized how much I loved not having to worry about someone else’s schedule or behavior.
Now I mostly prefer traveling solo because I’m an ambitious adventurer and I like to do a lot of aggressive traveling at random which makes it hard to coordinate with someone else. When I travel I also work a lot which is difficult to do with someone else, and also as an “outgoing introvert” I find it easier to meet people when I’m on my own.
I make money from writing travel articles for various sites, including Matador Network, Geo Chic Magazine, and The Huffington Post (but I get paid in publicity…). I also work with brands and companies for sponsored content if I think my audience would like them. I’ve also been fortunate to gain the title of “social media influencer” thanks to my mad Instagram photography skillz, which helps when using my brand for business.
I save everything I make and put it towards traveling (well..and rent, wine, and food), plus I can work from anywhere in the world, so it all works out! I also Air BnB my place out when I’m traveling which really helps, especially since I’m almost always gone! Oh, and of course, I’m a master at finding the cheapest possible ways to travel!
Travel blogging isn’t a job you can just apply for. I spent countless hours working low-paying freelance writing gigs just to support myself while building up my blog. I paid for all of my first initial trips after saving for over a year, then kept writing and reaching out to people for opportunities until finally I traveled and wrote enough to find a niche and grow an audience.
Before being a full time travel blogger, I went to college for pre-veterinary (I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Florida State University), I was a veterinary technician in Florida, quit and started planning charity events, then accidentally moved to LA where I discovered the amazing world of freelance writing and journalism. After realizing that writing and traveling were my two true passions, I figured out how to combine them and create a career in travel blogging.
Obviously I love traveling, otherwise this job would SUCK! But what I also love is helping and inspiring other people to travel as well. As a self-proclaimed computer nerd and one of the most curious people on Earth, I learn a lot, and know I can use what I’ve figured out to help other people travel and go after their dreams.
I literally chased a dream, and I caught it. It took a lot of work, but if I could figure out how to make it happen, I’m confident that anyone else can too.
Recently I launched a charity I started called HeartSleeves.org to help send T-shirts to a school I volunteered with in Muizenberg, South Africa, and I am proud to say the first campaign was a success! I now plan on trying to do fundraising campaigns for places I travel to depending on what I see that the people there need.
Happy and Safe Travels!
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (*Please note that if I don’t respond, there’s a good chance I’m traveling with limited wifi!)