Meet the flipflopper
Welcome to flipflopcaravan! I’m the gal behind the blog, Kelly Paras. Heyo!
I’m a 20-something Californian residing in Washington, DC . This blog is all about global gallivanting, but I often throw in some local dish too – DC is a wonderfully exciting city after all. I’m laid-back, sarcastic, spontaneous and can get hyperbolic at times.
My college years were spent at the University of Oregon (Go Ducks!), where I studied Advertising and Archaeology – I’ve got eclectic tastes.
My day job focuses primarily on Broadcast Marketing and Non-profit Communications and while I find both interesting and fulfilling, I get my kicks from packing my bags.
As a kid, my family took long car trips all over the country and tended to move every few years. (Foreshadowing later behaviors for sure!) My first international experience was heading across the border to Mexico, but Chile was my first passport required destination. Since then, collecting pretty little passport stamps has become something of an obsession.
Between traveling to over 35 countries and living in Denmark for a time, I’ve come to realize that the “real world” is really the “whole world” and that to live in any part of it means to explore all of it.
I’ll try just about anything once and believe in the philosophy that collecting experiences is a far greater goal than collecting things.
What’s With the Name, flipflopcaravan, Anyways?
Yes, I am a flip flop lover! (Havaianas, hello?) I’ve been known to get a bit stubborn when the weather turns cold each fall and its not uncommon to find me in the rain and snow flaunting minimalist footwear.
Yes, I am a flip flopper! Cereal or oatmeal? Treadmill or spin class? Stay in or hit up happy hour? Settle down or move to a new city? I constantly go back and forth on what I want, where to travel and what my future plans should entail. There are just too many good options out there!
Yes, I dig caravans! (Though not of the Dodge Grand variety – mini vans are so 2001). Road trips across the country. Weekend shenanigans in the mountains. Rail travel around the world. Camel trekking. You say caravan, I say GO!
“If you wait to do everything until you’re sure its right, you’ll probably never do much of anything.”
Want to know more? Have questions? Hit me up!