When it comes to determination, there’s no contest: Kirsten Simon has our vote. She’s got a lot of aspirations – to complete her Master’s degree, snorkel the Great Barrier Reef, visit at least one new place every year, immerse in unique cultures around the world (next on her list is Fiji), and eventually raise a family with her husband Brent – and we have no doubt that she will achieve them all.
This 26-year-old business analyst by profession and adventurer by passion grew up in a nurturing household. Encouraged to think independently and live life to the fullest by their parents, Kirsten and her 4 siblings grew up conscious of the fact that “Life is short – you might as well do the things you want to do with the most important people in your life!”
“Whether I’m lucky enough to win this contest or not,” Kirsten said as the voting period drew to a close, “I still plan to travel and experience the world. Also, this contest has helped me to discover the support that I have from all my family and friends – if anything, it’s a reminder of how fortunate I am to have such amazing people as a part of my life.”
From The Ambler team
We hope you’ll continue traveling and inspiring other travelers with your life-changing journeys, Kirsten! Thank you for sharing such a unique perspective from your experience immersing in Hawaii. The discussion of meaningful travel on The Ambler would not have been the same without your submission, which invited everyone to reconsider Hawaii and give due credit to the authentic culture and unforgettable natural beauty of this tried-and-true tourist destination. There’s always another side to see, a deeper way to explore, and we thank you for opening our eyes to that.