The Superhero Nomad – Story Of A Traveller
Skyla Sorensen is a 32-year-old girl from Los Alamos, New Mexico, USA took the meaning of travelling to the next level. She is an on and off traveller for the past 15 years, but she travel not just for herself, find out what’s travelling is about for Skyla and why she’s a superhero nomad.
What made you decide to go travelling?
I came from a small town and always had a wanderlust spirit. I just always knew that there was so much more out there for me to do, see and explore.
What do you love about travelling?
The freedom and the unknown. You have the choice to do anything and be anything you want and there’s always a chance to learn, create, grow, or meet new people and experience new cultures and food.
In your opinion, what is the worst part of travelling?
The middle seat of an economy class flight.
What makes your travelling style unique? Or your story unique?
I have found that the best way to experience the world is to be of service in some way to others. I began my travels when I was only 17 and joined Americorps *NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps). During that time I built trails in Delaware, constructed homes for low-income families in Syracuse, NY, taught and mentored inner city youth in Brooklyn NY, counselled terminally ill children and their families at a summer camp in Maine, was a wildland firefighter and did a disaster relief for Sept 11.
A few summers later at 22, I joined another Americorps program and built trails for the national parks in the Alaskan wilderness. Once the season was over, I decided to stick around and hitchhike and backpack for the next 6 months. As a way of financial stability, I decided to be a wildland firefighter in the summer and a snowboard instructor in the winter. I adopted that lifestyle for a total of 6 seasons and at 26 I joined the Air force as an intelligence analyst.
If you have a message to everyone who hasn’t travelled yet, what would it be?
What is your message to someone who would love to travel, but full of doubts?
What is your main goal of travelling?
Do you have any tips to your co-travellers or people who are about to travel?
Pack light! Take lots of pictures and live in the moment.
My Story To Inspire
The other is, going through a natural disaster in my hometown where a forest fire leveled about half of the town and surrounding forest. In those few weeks of being evacuated and helplessly watching our small mountain town burn to the ground, that’s what made me want to dedicate my life to serving others and eventually become a firefighter myself. In both of those incidents, I felt helpless and instead of becoming a victim, I found my calling to help others, and my inner strength to help myself. So my message is this: Beat to your own drum, listen to your gut and believe that you are capable of anything! The only person you will ever need is yourself and once you figure that out, it’s incredible what you can accomplish. So take a chance and hold on tight. The ride is worth the risk.
Do you want to share your incredible and unique way of travelling? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Let’s inspire more people to travel <3