@bemytravelmuse / Kristin Addis
Photos and videos by bemytravelmuse
What's your favorite place? Mine's outside. Whether walking in a city, sitting on the porch, swimming, hiking, camping, or writing, I want to be outside. All of my best work comes from something written in the moment, and I know I'm repeating myself here, but also it's when I'm outside. If you read my most recent Alaska post, I wrote that right here, listening to the water, watching birds float by. The process became a lot easier with my iPad and @zagg keyboard, a company l'm stoked to have a partnership with. Stay tuned for an exciting announcement from us at the end of the month. Are you obsessed with outside too? #ZAGG #sp
Have you ever been told, "oh I wouldn't do that! It's too dangerous! You're too young, too old, too (insert word here)"? A lot of women are told that about traveling alone. And you know what? I agree. I've got 25 reasons why (link in bio) (📷: @the_roadtripper)
from Wasserfall Bad Urach
Would you rather: be able to breathe underwater or fly like a bird? I find this one impossible to answer. Taken on a bush flight in Alaska to the start of the eight day hike I've been referencing so much lately. Still can't get over it. By the way, check out my most recent blog post if you haven't heard about the tours am offering in 2018 yet! Would love to see you there.
Guess what? If you've been seeing all these pictures over the years and wishing you could be there too, I invite you to come with me! For years, you guys have been asking how we can travel together, so I've partnered with an experienced and super fun guide to bring you tours in 2018. My travel style is unique, seeking adventures that are immersive, off the beaten path, and authentic. I've been having a blast and I want to share it with you. I'm sending out a special email this week to the newsletter subscribers allowing you guys to pick which destinations appeal to you most, Plus you'll be the first to be able to sign up for tours before they sell out. You can read more about the Alaska trip at the link in the bio and you can sign up to receive that special email when you scroll to the bottom of the page. I can't wait to travel with you.
After eight days in the Alaskan backcountry with no trail, only what I could carry on my back, and two near-perfect strangers, all I can say is wow! What a life-changing experience to be in complete solitude in nature. We saw incredible things, and it's all on video! I just finished editing it and posted it today! Click the link in the bio to check it out!
I feel like anywhere else this lake would be a destination in itself but in Alaska it was just something we stumbled upon by wandering around our chosen campsite. Who knows if it even has a name? Alaska is stupid beautiful!
Here's my one and only picture from Burning Man. I'd almost forgotten all about it. Usually, I love going out and taking photos but at Burning Man, I usually just want to be present. This year I brought my camera and vowed to take more because I put so much time and effort into my costumes. This is far from the most ornate one I have! Yet each time I went out for the day, I got so immersed in the moment that I forgot all about my camera. So here's the one and only! This year was more transformational than ever before. Thanks to all of the beautiful souls who made that so 🙏🏻#burningman
from Black Rock City
I spent a lot of time picking blueberries in Alaska...so the other day I was googling myself (admit it, you do it too!), and saw that 'bemytravelmuse camera' comes up in the top search questions and thought, maybe I haven't adequately answered that question. So I wrote a post with all of my equipment and exactly how I take selfies like this one, and how I edit too! I shared every single step of my process. Link in bio!
Alaska absolutely smashed my expectations and ideas of what a week in the backcountry could be like. I took this on the bush flight to the start of the trailhead. There were just four of us in the plane, the pilot, my hiking buddies, and myself. He dropped us off not far from here and then flew away, not to be seen again for 8 days. It was just us, a map, compass, and a satellite phone. No trails, no people, nothing but glacier after glacier until oblivion. I've never felt so small, so connected, and so part of the world around me. Have you ever felt cradled by mother nature? When? Where?
Beach bungalow or lake house in Alaska? In an ideal world, we don't have to pick 🌲🐻#findyourpark
THIS IS FOR YOU! Wow, what an amazing week that was at burning man! Now I'm back and want to give you something since you've been so amazing to have along on this journey over the past few years. I've partnered with @pacsafeofficial to give away my favorite travel gear including a Venturesafe EXP65 backpack, a Camsafe V9 camera sling pack, a Slingsafe LX50 slash-proof mini crossbody bag, and a bag protector with a 360 degree eXomesh locking system to kit you out for your next trip!! To win, follow me and @pacsafeofficial and leave a comment here tagging a friend, stating where you're from, and which trip you'd take the gear on. Winners announced next Friday September 15! #SAFETRAVELS (you get two entries if your friend follows me and comments back!)
from Iguazu Falls
We traveled the glacier for hours to find blue pools... and then we jumped in and went swimming 🙈
Looking at glaciers atop mountains, pouring into the valley, and carving the rocks, days away from anyone or anything, I finally understood why everyone talked about Alaska with a twinkle in their eye. It's truly the last frontier. This is from day two of an 8-day backcountry hike without a trail in Wrangell St Elias National Park. Can't wait to share more but for now, it's time to head to Burning Man. To my fellow burners, see you at 'home'
Everyone keeps saying 'summer's almost over!' But in my head it's always summer 🌞 swimming in some of the world's clearest water in Switzerland 🇨🇭 #visitswitzerland
Hello from the Alaskan backcountry! I've been out hiking for the past 8 days off the grid just enjoying the nature with no other people but my two hiking buddies and plenty of glaciers. Can't wait to share it with you. For now here's a pic of @dudarfst and I trying not to freeze a few weeks ago in Switzerland. It's live on the blog now! (📷: @tizirdn)
from Oeschinen Lake
Jump in, float down, climb out, scurry down, jump in, float down, rub your cheeks because they're sore from smiling so much. It's great having friends who love adventures as much as you do (📷: @dudarfst) #visitswitzerland #switzerland_vacations
Golden hour vibes. The outdoors really is the best office. When possible, I do all of my writing in the moment and in the place where I'm experiencing it because the best inspiration comes from the right here and now. Then I have to remember to put it all down and enjoy it and take it in, too. Breathe. Just be. It's all about striking a balance, isn't it? Mobile office made possible by my partner, @zagg #ZAGG
It was a gorgeous hot day swimming in the clearest glacial run off in one of the most stunning countries in the world and this kid just went out to the rock and laid there like a freaking king. And I thought that was beautiful. #visitswitzerland
An outdoorsy girl's best friend: A Jacuzzi bath in gorgeous northern California with jets to soothe those aching joints and muscles. I never really liked the idea of spas or pampering until going to Finland and realizing that alternating extreme hot and cold gives me a sensation I absolutely adore, and rehabs my injuries quicker. Cheers to the yin and the yang!
from Cottage Grove Inn
Polar bears! There's a common misconception that you can only see the bears in Churchhill, Manitoba, the polar bear capital of the world, in the fall but in the summer you can get both bears and Beluga whales! I love the way that both animals appear to smile at you and how playful the beluga whales are, coming right up underneath my kayak and looking up at me curiously. For how you can replicate the trip check out the link in my bio. It was magical! @lazybearexpeditions #ExploreMB
from Churchill, Manitoba