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About Anna

Hi, I’m ANNA KARSTEN. (née Anna Lysakowska)

I started traveling solo approximately 14 years ago, when I left home permanently, and I’ve been exploring the world ever since. However, my story isn’t a typical travel blogger’s story… I didn’t sell everything to travel because I had nothing to sell. I also didn’t quit my job or leave a boyfriend.

I believe that you can be an adventurous female without having to quit your job, university, or sacrificing your relationship. Unless, obviously, you want to.

One day you’ll find me in a luxury hotel, on another I’ll be horseback riding next to an active volcano, or hanging on aerial silks in the woods…

I want to show you the different aspects of travel experiences and how can you travel with purpose and learn from it. 

I’m here to prove that you can be born in a non-English speaking country, suffer from chronic diseases, and still live an adventurous lifestyle wherever in the world you want to be.

Dream big and learn from your travels. If I could do it, so can you!


My Story

Being born in Poland, to a regular family, I knew that I most likely wouldn’t be able to save up a lot and travel for a while. Neither it was something I wanted to do, as I wanted to go to school and work, rather than just taking a gap year.

Instead, I went to college first completing my degree in 1,5 year. I’ve learned a few foreign languages and focused on becoming a jack of all trades in order to make my skills marketable enough to live abroad and eventually created my own set of businesses.

And I traveled. I’ve been lost in the Amazon. I’ve walked among hundreds of thousands of penguins in South Georgia Island.

I’ve stayed in the craziest overwater bungalow in the Maldives, ate breakfast with giraffees, and survived lightning struck while sitting on a meat truck surrounded by a dead cow in Zimbabwe.

I’ve traveled solo to spots that most of my friends wouldn’t think of going, like Iran, Lebanon, Yemen, South Sudan or Eritrea.

Then I moved to the US and I used various opportunities to study abroad at the world’s top universities and found serious jobs in many countries (all right, that’s a very short version of my story). I was also able to save up a bunch of money on the way.

I’ve lived in Los Angeles CA, San Diego CA, Boston MA, Boulder CO, Salt Lake City UT, Amsterdam, Leiden (Netherlands), London (UK), Mexico City & Playa del Carmen (Mexico), Cape Town (South Africa), Verona (Italy) and Mendoza (Argentina).

It’s safe to say that since 2018 we pretty much split our time between the US, Mexico and various spots in Europe. This year (2022) our main base is in France.

But the life of travel wasn’t always a bed of roses. I’ve been diagnosed with chronic diseases that prevent a lot of people from traveling, but it didn’t stop me. I didn’t give up. Traveling also helped me overcome anorexia.

Over 90 countries and all 7 continents later I’m still exploring the world and not planning on stopping anytime soon.

I disagree that you cannot combine a serious job or hobby with travel, especially as a female.

For instance, while I was publishing my book on international law and completing my MA degree I was also bungee jumping, hiking volcanos, and traveling solo around Africa. Who says I cannot combine crazy travels with other things?

I studied at 7 universities in different countries, using scholarships and working. Studying abroad has given me amazing opportunities and connected me with lots of people around the world.

I’m a firm believer that one should consider going to college before traveling or taking a gap year (read more about it here).

I have no student debt and never had any. My plan is to retire completely by 36.

Considering that I spent all my very limited savings on travel and emergencies, and only made about $550 USD a month exactly a decade ago I consider it a success and proof that you can lead the same life too! Learn more about careers and side hustles here.


What’s Anna Everywhere All About?

My blog is meant to describe my travel experiences and explain things I’m familiar with.

I’m here to prove that you can be born in an unprivileged country (AKA not USA, UK, Western Europe, etc.), suffer from chronic diseases and still live an adventurous lifestyle.

I aim to show you how can you dream big, travel with purpose and learn from it. If I could do it, you can too!

Overcoming my fear of heights...
Overcoming my fear of heights by abseiling… Netherlands 2013.

Some Random Facts About Me:

  • As you could have seen in my videos on YouTube or Instagram stories I speak English, Spanish, Polish, Italian and Dutch. I’m also proficient in French and used to speak German.
  • I adore all the wildlife, but my favorite ones are penguins, wombats, and dolphins. As a kid, I’ve had a miniature menagerie at home with all kinds of hamsters, rabbits, frogs, tortoises, cats, and quails. I even had a pet duck once.
  • I do aerial acrobatics which means I love to hang from the hoop upside down, swing from a flying trapeze and play with silks up in the air.
  • My two true passions are human rights law, forensic sciences and medicine. If I wasn’t moving that often I probably would be pursuing a career in either field and maybe one day I will. In fact, I’ve done some nursing school.
Disclaimer: This is not my giraffe. I wish. She’s a friend from the Giraffe Manor.

You can always connect with me on InstagramFacebookTwitterBloglovin and YouTube! In the meantime enjoy the blog!

DANIEL KRAKOWSKI

Monday 4th of April 2022

You are awesome....

Dean

Tuesday 18th of January 2022

Nice to have been able to do so much. I've worked in health care my entire life and haven't traveled anywhere... no time, no money. And nobody would give a damned about any blog I would do. At least I get to see pictures. Thanks

myline

Wednesday 19th of February 2020

What a great adventure. I'm so inspired after reading your blog. I believe that sooner you begin to speak a new language, the sooner you'll open yourself up to a world that's bigger, richer and more inspiring. I followed you on Instagram and subscribe to your youtube channel. Looking forward to your travels.

Marc

Friday 6th of September 2019

Hi Anna. Love your postings. Very helpful and informative. My wife and I are heading over to London next month. Instead of taking the Heathrow Express to Central London, I thought maybe we would take a car service this time. Can you recommend any reasonable and dependable car services that go from Heathrow to the Picadilly area ? Many thanks. Marc

Anna

Saturday 7th of September 2019

I've taken BlackLane once and it was good. Otherwise, you can just take a regular cab. It will be about 100 GBP and depending on the time you land it could take about an hour in traffic.

Vipul Patel

Wednesday 7th of August 2019

Dear Anna, want to know I am Indian citizen, can I travel with this e-visa application form called “visa application submission notice” to IKA- IKA: Imam Khomeini Airport, Tehran. Thanks