A personal travel consultant, Karen’s passion for travel was sparked early on.
From a very young age, she would tear the Sunday newspaper apart looking for the travel section, which she would devour!
At 15, she researched, planned, and booked her first overseas trip (to Paris and Madrid), for her family. This was well before the internet, and internet-based travel booking existed.
That trip to Spain and France cemented her love for travel abroad.
The next summer, at 16, she backpacked around Europe solo and has not stopped traveling ever since
Her personal travels have taken her to over 60 countries, spanning six continents, and in a variety of travel styles from adventure backpacking (both independently and with a group), budget travel, packaged tours, luxury travel, and solo globetrotting.
Some of Karen’s favorite countries include (obviously) Spain, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Myanmar, Peru, and Morocco. Additionally, she has lived abroad on four different continents, and is currently living in Madrid, Spain.
With almost 20 years in the professional travel industry, Karen is a travel industry superstar. Her professional travel career has been multi-dimensional, from travel sales and booking to customer service to personalized travel planning. Some of the companies she has worked for include STA Travel and Airbnb. During the span of her career, she has built professional relationships with hotels, hostels, Airbnb hosts, flight booking services, travel insurance companies, other travel bloggers/travel industry professionals, and tour operators all over the world.
Karen founded Solo World Wanderer, her travel consultation business, to help make her clients’ travel dreams come true. While her #1 specialty is handcrafting customized itineraries for Spain, she offers a variety of travel services. Additionally, Karen is a fully trained and certified travel agent with IATA and she partners with Azzurro Travel to provide her clients with full travel agency services as well.
While roaming the world (or not), Karen enjoys taking photos, wandering around cities and getting lost, hiking, renting a bike to explore, checking out street art, eating, and utilizing any and all local varieties of public transportation. One of the original digital nomads, Karen now calls Spain her home.
If you would like to schedule an initial personalized travel consultation with Karen, please fill out the travel questionnaire or use the contact form below to get started.