Travel bloggers come in all shapes and sizes and I think Karisa of Flirting with the Globe is my favorite flavor! Her access to travel is the same as mine – full time corporate gal who maximizes every free moment to explore the world! She shares her experiences on her wonderful travel blog and offers advice on how you to can travel while working full time.
Let’s meet Karisa!
 When and how did you become a traveler?
The first time I traveled out of the country it was for a family vacation to Cancun, Mexico when I was about 13 years old. I found myself dazzled by the Mayan Ruins of Chichen Itza and fascinated by the cultural differences between Mexico and the United States.
 What is travel to you in 10 words or less?
Exploration of other cultures by immersing yourself into their lifestyle.
 What is your favorite mode of transportation and why?
Since I’m a full-time attorney, I only get to be a part-time traveler and adventuress. Because of this, I prefer to travel by plane so that I can maximize my time spent exploring each destination and minimize my time spent in transport.
 What do you typically do while traveling by plane?
When on a plane, I’m almost always re-reading my guidebooks to refresh my memory of what I want to do and see when I arrive at my final destination. Assuming I have room in my carry-on luggage, I also bring my guidebooks for my next trip so that I can utilize my free-time in the air by planning my next adventure!
 What is your favorite travel memory involving food?
While in Chiang Mai, Thailand my girlfriends and I took a full day cooking class. The day started by picking up ingredients at the local market and then picking herbs from the school’s garden before jumping into our lessons on how to make delicious curries and several other traditional Thai dishes. Everything tasted fantastic and we had a great time learning recipes that I am now able to cook for myself at home.
 What is one blogging tip or lesson that you have learned along the way that you can share with my readers?
Be real – readers are reading your blog because they are interested in your genuine thoughts and opinions. Personally, I find my posts that I wrote early on to be too PC, sterile and overly formal. When I stopped “writing like a lawyer” and started “writing like Karisa” my blog started to build a loyal following. That said, I’m still a new blogger and a work in progress, so I still struggle with this from time to time – but, I’ve gotten SO much better!
 Where to next?
I’m off to Turkey, Bosnia and Malta next! I’m thrilled to explore these countries with three of my closest girlfriends. After that, I’m headed to Norway (Oslo, Flam, Bergen) and Stockholm, Sweden for a long weekend. (I know what you’re thinking… And yes, I’m traveling all that way for just a long weekend since I have to get back to the office for my “real” job. J)
How about you? What would you like to know about Karisa?