I’m Karyn, aka The Indie Tripper; a Dublin-based girl with a permanent wanderlust. Born with a travel bug, I grew up with a curiosity for the world around me which has never left. As a child I always had my head in an atlas or travel book. I watched travel shows and mentally filed away all of the wonderful places in the world I wanted to see when I grew up. I kept scrapbooks, cutting out pictures of weird and wonderful places I had to visit.
I didn’t make it abroad until the year I turned 18. I was hooked. Since then I’ve traveled all over the world and love to take a city break in Europe whenever I can. It’s safe to say I’ll never be wealthy in a financial sense (it’s an expensive hobby) but I consider it the best investment a person can make. I love nothing more than to sit down with one of my photo albums (yes I still get my photos printed), and immerse myself in memories, smells and tastes of travels past.
Things to know about me: I am obsessed with food and on a constant quest for the perfect cup of coffee. It follows that I spend a lot of time abroad planning where I’m going to eat my next meal. My favourite tipple is red wine so I like to hunt down a good wine bar wherever I go. I love good music and am married to a musician though I can't play a note myself (or sing for that matter...). We're both art lovers too so tend to favour city breaks as we like to go to gigs and visit as many museums and galleries as possible while we're away. Because of this, I have a bit of an aversion to beach holidays. Don’t get me wrong – I love the sea and being close to nature, but having nothing to do but lie on a beach for two weeks is not my idea of a holiday adventure. I like to keep physically active and love yoga, hiking and going for long walks while I'm away. One of my favourite things to do is hire a bike and pretend to be a local. There can be few better feelings than zipping around your chosen city as if you've lived there your whole life, sun on your back and wind in your hair. It makes me very happy.
My favourite cities in the world are (in no particular order) Paris, Rome, New York and Copenhagen. I spent three months travelling around South East Asia in my twenties which was a really eye-opening experience for me and one I will never forget. I lived in Toronto while at university, and it was a city that held my heart from day one. I met the most wonderful people and was completely taken with this vibrant multicultural city. It felt like my home in a very short space of time and it broke my heart to leave it. I also had a short but very sweet three week trip to Australia in 2007, taking in the wonderful cities of Melbourne and Sydney, with a trip to the Blue Mountains thrown in for good measure. In short, travelling makes me really happy and I hope to continue in this vein until I shuffle off this mortal coil.