Cheers to you!
Hi I’m Kelly, a mix of wanderer and control freak, an interesting combination for someone who is passionate about packing her bags last minute and hitting the road. I’m technically a political fundraiser by day and I have dialed for dollars for the last 20 years. Fundraising is a modern day version of door-to-door sales but the job provides me with long periods of post-election time off to see the world. I am grateful.
In July 2015, I launched Fantasy Aisle to share my stories of solo travel with more people than my parents. Travel is all about the senses and exposing oneself to the new, to the unknown. I travel to learn, to seek adventure, to see, to feel and to taste my way through unfamiliar cities and countrysides and to discover the heart and soul of a place through this exploration.
It’s true most people prefer to travel with friends, family or even tour groups but for me the solo traveling is an opportunity to get out of my mind and into my heart. It gives me a place where I can form my own opinions and capture experiences through my own ‘Type A’ perspective.
If you had asked me 20 years ago, I would now be married with children and have the white picket fence, but travel taught me the sweet smell of the aisle of the airplane with a passport in hand is just as fulfilling as the procession aisle.
Based in New York City, I hail from the Windy City of Chicago. I consider myself to be a woman of the world with my suitcase as my companion. I am a devoted Michigan State Spartan fan and since the Chicago Cubs finally won the World Series last year, I can re-focus my energy on rooting for NCAA victories.
If you’re a brand or travel company interested in working with me, feel free to contact me!
Fun Facts About Kelly
Sydney, Australia. The accents, beaches, weather and lovely accents are a draw for me. I long to live there one day.
Not all those who wander are lost
All that is gold does not glitter, Not all those who wander are lost; The old that is strong does not wither, Deep roots are not reached by the frost. From the ashes a fire shall be woken, A light from the shadows shall spring; Renewed shall be blade that was broken, The crownless again shall be king.
Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
- Sydney Harbor – The Harbor Bridge and the Opera House – Modern marvels
- Pyramids of Egypt & the Nile – Go back in time
- The Great Wall of China – Be amazed
- Buenos Aires – Sip the wine, eat the beef, dance the Tango
- Climbing to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro holds a special place for me. (I tore ligaments in my foot on the climb, and to this day, it’s the injury “that keeps on giving.”)
- The Trans-Siberian Railroad from Beijing, China to Ulan Bator, Mongolia
- Lake District of Italy: Como, Maggiore, Lugano with my mother
- Cuba enjoying the streets of Old Town Havana
- Oktoberfest in Germany
A five-course meat and wine feast at the steps of the Andes at Bodega Ruca Malen vineyard in Mendoza, Argentina.
Ice cream! I’m a sugar addict. Who says calories count on holiday?
Fun facts about me:
My blonde hair makes me an instant hit in Asia and the Middle East. My gift of gab often puts me in some quite incredible situations wherever I go!