On The Road With… Carina Otero

In People by Suzanne Koch

Meet Carina! She is the creator and curator of She is Not Lost. Her goal is to inspire women to travel and know that it is never too late to get started! Carina is grateful that this hobby and passion has turned in to a full-time profession.

Name: Carina Otero

Twitter: @sheisnotlost

Facebook: @sheisnotlostofficial

Instagram: @carinaotero/ @sheisnotlost

Website: sheisnotlost.com

Age: 30

Title: Freelance Digital Media Consultant and Creator of @sheisnotlost

City you live in: San Diego, California

Most recent city visited… Lisbon, Portugal

A typical day in my life includes… Working with my clients, exercising, dreaming about my next trip, and searching through submissions for features on @sheisnotlost

I was born… on Valentine’s Day

When I was younger, I wanted to be… a world traveler

My first job was… a retail salesperson at a jewelry store

My favorite thing about traveling is… exceeding your expectations

I’m currently listening to… The Slow Rush by Tame Impala

If I could have dinner with anyone, it would be… Michelle Obama

One thing I cannot travel without… are comfortable shoes

I’m inspired by… resourcefulness

The one person who motivates me is… my future self

If I could change anything in the world, it would be… for every individual to have the opportunity to chase their dreams

The perfect day would be… waking up in a new country

My favorite place I’ve visited… is the Red Sea in Egypt

My top 3 bucket list destinations… Tanzania, Vietnam, and Iceland

I’m currently working on… ways to activate the She is Not Lost community to make a lasting difference in the world

Always… get travel insurance

Never… eat at the closest restaurant to a tourist attraction

Favorite quote… Anthony Bourdain: “Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, sometimes it even breaks your heart. But that’s okay. The journey changes you, it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory,  on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind.”

Biggest dream… to take my mom on a trip with me

My pet peeve(s)… When people travel without making an effort to connect with or learn something from someone local

My 3 favorite travel influencers to follow… @katie.one, @ofleatherandlace, @irinahp

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