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Two and a half months off during the summers to explore the world? Yeah, we are jelly. But the builders of our young minds deserve nothing less. Meet Kimberlee, our Travel Crush Tuesday, a teacher and globetrotter, inspiring her students to see the world.
1. Tell us about yourself! Who are you? Where are you from? What do you do? What inspires you to travel?
My Name is Kimberlee Holness. I am 26 years old, and I live in the city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. I am a middle school math and science teacher and an avid traveler during the school year and especially in the summer. During my free time I enjoy solo traveling or traveling with my siblings. I was born in Jamaica and raised in Germany. When I was in Germany, I got the opportunity to travel all over Europe with my family and that is where my love for travel began. Traveling all over Europe with my parents showed me how beautiful the world is, and I got to experience different cultures at a young age. My eyes were open to so many different cultural backgrounds and it changed my view of life and people.
2. Share with us the experience that made you catch the travel bug. Give us the details, we want to relive it with you!
Traveling at a young age with my parents, I found my love for exploring. Traveling to different countries for my birthday in my teens all over Europe gave me a different appreciation for food, culture, and adventures. Having Europe to travel all over opened my eyes to how different each country was and how each country had something beautiful to offer.
At a young age I saw these trips as fun trips with my family, and I was even annoyed sometimes at how long the drive was to Paris but when I got there, I was so happy and hyped to run around the Eiffel Tower and Disneyland Paris. I was a military child so when we played sports, we would travel to different European countries to play against other military kids. In one summer, I visited at least 3 countries just for a track meet.
I started traveling solo 3 years ago and fell in love with the world all over again. When I am traveling the world, I feel at peace and in my element. I spend my summer traveling to at least 3-5 countries depending on how long I decide to stay in a country. When I am in these countries, I am all over the place; from ziplining to checking out historical museums to hiking up volcanoes, to cooking with families in local villages. I love to do as much as I can in a country to have the full experience. I also love local cuisines and experiencing night life in different cities.
3. Has travel had an effect on your career? Has it affected your teaching style?
Travel has had a great effect on my career. I have two and a half months in the summertime to travel and visit multiple places a year. Whenever I travel, I always bring my students souvenirs. I also show them videos and pictures of my adventure and they love it.
Whenever I am about to travel, I will do a cultural lesson to teach my students about the country I am about to explore, and we will even try food from the country. My students love hearing my travel stories and seeing my pictures and videos. Sharing my experience with my students in the classroom encourages them to want to travel and see the world. Students are learning about countries they have never heard of before and making plans to travel once they are old enough. I have had students come and show me pictures of their passport they got after they told their parents they wanted to travel.
4. To your students who aspire to travel the world like you, what would you say to them?
To my students who aspire to travel I would tell them to go for it and travel to as many countries as they can in their lifetime. The world is yours to explore and there are so many adventures out there to discover, one country at a time. I would tell them not to let their friends or anyone stop them from traveling the world. I would tell my students that traveling is very affordable and when they are ready to travel to plan ahead because they will save on plane ticket prices. I would also tell my students to book package deals because they come out so much cheaper than booking separately.
5. Share with us your craziest travel story. We want the good, bad, or ugly!
My craziest travel story took place in Dubai. I planned my Dubai trip two weeks before my departure date and planned to go with a group of sisters I met in the Dominican Republic. I originally met the sisters in DR and the vibes were great. They told me they were going to Dubai and invited me to join them. Of course, I decided to go. Why would I turn down Dubai? Prices were reasonable, so I booked my flight and hotel, and I was set to go. I arrived before my new friends, and I was ready to explore and party. I was supposed to spend two weeks there, but two weeks turned into a month. My first week, I did a lot of tourist things and partied during the second and third week. I extended my stay because my friends and I met a guy that was paying for us to stay longer so he could hang out with us. He was paying for our hotel and for our club bills. After week four, I had totally lost track of time until I looked at my calendar and realized that I was in the country for a month and if I did not leave, I would be charged for overstaying my visa. That’s the only reason why I left Dubai or I would’ve extended my stay again. I was working from home so there was no need to rush back home. I was living my best life in Dubai!
Where else can folks find you?6. Where can folks find you other than Instagram?
My travel contents can be followed on YouTube and TikTok: Kimwrldtour
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