Wisdom TrailsMeet the team
What on earth is Wisdom Trails?
Canadian dynamic duo chases opportunities around the planet to redefine a fulfilled life and regain freedom. After achieving academic and career success, their future seemed predictable. So, they gave away their worldly possessions for a chance explore, trek, sail, fly, swim and discover around the planet.
Meet the Team:
I’m a bit of a tough girl, with a competitive adrenaline problem. The first to try something and the last to say ‘regret’. I’m an explorer, a day dreamer, a seeker and a doer. I believe everything is possible. I’m a backpacker, road trip goer, camper and a mountain climber. I climb the highest peaks just to see if I can. Sometimes I forget to stop and smell the flowers, but I’m working on it. I’m a hitchhiker, couch crasher, sailor, squatter, nomad, all around travel junkie & now, travel writer.
In June of 2011 I graduated from McMaster University with an Honours Degree in Neuroscience & Behaviour, ending a decade of being defined as ‘a student’. My passion for learning and exploring the world has since led me in a different direction. Never to be one of the masses nor conform to societal expectations, I began looking for my place in the world by experiencing life on my own terms.
As an independent solo backpacker I encountered and learned to navigate through numerous challenges including my own perceptions, customs and personal limitations. – KN
After several extended journeys in Asia, South America, Western Europe, Central and North America I finally acknowledged that travel had changed me. It fuelled me with inspiration. Constantly being surrounded by the challenges and unknowns of the road gave me constant perspective on how most of the world lives and what truly matters to me. I became more patient, empathetic, wiser person. Personal growth was an everyday event. Returning to 9-5 world that defines behaviour, happiness and success was no longer an option.
In May 2014 I sold all belongings, my home and any chance of a stable, predictable life in Canada. I am now a nomadic adventurer (and a sort of travel psychologist) following opportunity around the world.
My experiences inspired my desire to share my tales with others though my stories and photographs. As I embark on my world trek, I am hoping to not only expand my knowledge, keep growing and learning, but also bring inspiration to others.
I love to teach and I love learn – in my opinion, these two are mutual to each other and you should always be open to new ways of viewing and thinking about every issue. – KN
I love it when anyone proves me wrong! As much as I consider myself open-minded and ready for anything, being shocked by others shows me just how much I still have to learn about the inherent stereotypes I allow myself to place on others. So go on, shock me!
~ Karina ~
P.S. I’m scared too. Don’t let fear determine your life!
“Tourists don’t know where they’ve been, travelers don’t know where they are going. Travel is glamorous only in retrospect.” – Paul Theroux
Here I am, having traded in my business suit for a backpack.
In May 2014 I left behind the place I have called home for all of my life to travel the world in search of opportunity. Throughout my journey over the past year I have consistently tested my own limitations and each day, I conquer new challenges. All my life I have tried to pushed myself hard so that I might inspire those around me to do the same.
I was raised with two younger brothers who are on the autism spectrum, and I have always found their determination to succeed to be inspirational. In my professional career I obtained a Masters in Disability Studies and managed a treatment facility for children with severe developmental and behavioural impairments. I have learned from my experiences supporting my brothers, my staff and my students that it takes tremendous courage to go against the grain and be unique. Brave people don’t conform to what society expects but instead, they follow their own compass through the world.
When I switched gears to live a nomad lifestyle, I became a person who actually stands in front of the Mayan pyramids rather than just reading about them in books. For years I was too afraid to step into the unknown but at the ripe old age of 34, I worked up the courage to close my eyes and jump. I have since become a student of the world.
Life on the road has forced me to adapt to constant change which is something I’ve always struggled with. Now I know that I am not only capable of surviving perpetual change, I have come to find inspiration in the unknown. My muse has become the fascinating people I meet on my journey, the captivating traditions I witness, and the extraordinary places I explore from one day to the next.
In this new life I have built, I now channel my passion as an educator into my art. In my films and stories I reflect, somewhat comically at times, on the important (and often painful) life lessons I’ve acquired on this global expedition. As I dance about the world, my partner in crime at my side, I hope the work we produce on this site will encourage other would-be explorers to pursue their dreams.
~ April ~
“The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.” Saint Augustine