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Travel Influencer Spotlight: Elona Karafin

Hi! I’m Elona.

I went on my first solo international flight when I was five years old! I traveled alone from New York to Ukraine to visit my grandparents. The 10-hour long, entertainment-less flight must have planted the seed which flourished into my adult life. I started traveling on long weekends while I was working full-time as a financial analyst. I had the money to travel but didn’t have the time, so I made the best of 3-4 day trips all over the world. I quickly learned that many people have misconceptions about travel: traveling does not have to be expensive and it certainly doesn’t have to be over a long period of time. I started to write about my trips in hopes that my readers would follow my footsteps.

Little did I know, this small effort would become a full-time job.

Currently, I travel full-time, creating content for various brands in the travel & lifestyle spaces. This year I am shifting gears and focusing more on humanitarian efforts. I have a charity for underprivileged kids with Cancer and I lead various philanthropic initiatives to help children in underserved communities.

If you take anything out of my work, I hope it is this: travel is a fantastic self-development tool, because it extricates you from the values of your culture and shows you that another society can live with entirely different values and still function and not hate themselves (Mark Manson).

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