Name: Alyssa Ramos
Hometown: West Hollywood
Languages: English, Spanish, and I pretend to know a few others.
Meet Alyssa Ramos. She’s a self-made travel blogger claiming residency in LA when not traveling around the world. An adventure junky and an explorer, she tends to opt for challenges and pushing limits. You could say her niche is “solo female adventure travel“, but that sounds extremely tame considering the type of stunts she usually pulls. So far she has been to 41 countries and 6 continents (her numbers are rapidly growing!), and her favorite places have been Iceland and Peru. Meet Alyssa Ramos!
“I’m a no-bullshit, IDGAF kind of gal”
Evolution is Inevitable:
From Biologist to Blogger
“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. I didn’t even know I was a writer until I accidentally moved to LA four years ago. I actually have a bachelor of science degree in Biology from Florida State University and was supposed to be a Veterinarian! Clearly working in an office didn’t exactly work out for me.”
“If something more challenging is available, I always take it. “
Iceland had some of the coolest (no pun intended) scenery I’ve ever seen before in my life! Recently though I went to the Arctic to an archipelago called Svalbard which has the Northernmost inhabited town in the world which was pretty cool!
Panama, I had a terrible experience with a hotel collaboration there and it kind of ruined the whole experience for me.
Extreme, fast paced, and random. I chose places based off of a random idea or cheap flight, and if something more challenging is available, I always take it. For example I was only supposed to go as far north as Tromsø to see the Northern Lights, and I ended up going all the way up next to the North Pole!
About 2 Weeks.
I’ve been to quite a few countries so I’ll just list the most recent: Norway, Finland, Sweden, Peru, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Iceland, Cuba, South Africa, Thailand, Australia, Canada, Panama, Bahamas, London, Paris, Italy, Belgium, France, Spain, Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, Amsterdam, Ireland, Dubai, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Honduras, Ecuador/Galapagos Islands, Nicaragua, Greece…I should really write them all down!
Alyssa Ramos: Must haves for Day Trips?
- Portable charger
- GoPro + extra batteries
- Lipgloss + Mac studio fix
- A hair clip + a hat
- Granola bars.
- GoPro Hero 3 Silver (favorite)
- GoPro Hero 4 Session
- Nikon Coolpix
“I always use this black mini-tote bag by Harvey’s that’s made out of seat belts. I take it with me everywhere (it’s basically non-destructable), and it even saved me from breaking my ribs when I got hit by a car on a motorcycle.”
I try to stick to a carry on. I have a small 4 wheel roller bag I bought from Ross, and the crappy pink backpack I use to camp and hike was like $7 from CVS. Recently I started working with/using RentLuggage.com though to get better backpacks without having to buy one. ”
“Don’t be afraid of losing money”
Alyssa Ramos’ Best Travel Tips?
- Be flexible with dates and locations, it’ll give you a lot more travel opportunities.
- Stop thinking of reasons why you can’t travel and start figuring how how to make it happen.
- Don’t be afraid of losing money, we ALL are or have been dirt poor because we chose to travel.”
Just for Alyssa
Solo vs. Group Travel?
It’s a funny situation actually, I first started traveling alone because I had no one to travel with, then once I experienced it, I started to love it. If I’m traveling somewhere for a specific reason or story, I prefer to go alone, but if it’s just for fun, like a weekend camping trip, I like to be with others.
(Solo Travel cont…)
PRO’S: I get a lot of things done without having to worry about someone else’s schedule. (I’m a huge planner and an “ambitious adventurer” so it’s sometimes hard to get someone else on the same schedule.) It allows me to really focus on what I’m experiencing, and helps me meet more people. I’m a bit introverted so I get kind of shy when my friends are around!
CONS: It can get lonely but with technology these days it’s hard to really feel like you’re alone.
Well, technically it is my work…my photos are what have made my whole Instagram account notable and able to use for sponsored content. But, travel has made me obsessed with photography, and I’m really excited that people are starting to acknowledge me as a photographer as well as a travel blogger! Some people try to hate on me for not enjoying the moment enough because I’m always taking pictures, but they don’t realize it’s because that’s what I enjoy doing!
How do you stay healthy on the road?
My doctor once asked me what I do for exercise, my response was, “I travel“. She thought I was joking until I explained how often I hike mountains, walk around cities, and carry luggage! I’m also a vegetarian which works really well when traveling because it’s hard to get a bad vegetable over a bad piece of mystery meat! Also, I always take tons of granola bars!
How do you manage to work and travel?
At home all I do is work, it’s absolutely insane and I literally have to force myself to step away from my laptop occasionally. I’d say I work 10-12 hours per day straight, but am still constantly checking my phone for emails when I’m not.
While traveling I spend most nights working on my laptop, and when I’m out and about I just make sure to make my social media posts and check emails. I’d say about 6-8 hours are spent working intermittently when traveling, and praise the lord the rest of them aren’t wasted sitting in an office!
“I work my ass off”
What has travel taught you about you?
“I’ve learned that I really am an honest, caring, and hardworking person. I work my ass off just to be able to do what I love, and I love it because it helps other people. It’s not exactly the best way to make money, and sometimes I wish I would have gone the fashion blogger route (JUST KIDDING) but I care too much about the people who are inspired by what I do so I’m ok with being broke.”