Diana Edelman

H/MU: Giselle Correia; Photo: Cody Kuchirka. www.mindfulwanderlust.com

What happens when you realize the life you are living is the life you always dreamed of, but no longer the life you want?

Hi! My name is Diana Edelman, and for me, this question began to loom over my head when I hit my 30-Life-Crisis (also known as turning 30). While I had a successful career in public relations that spanned Las Vegas and Atlanta, I no longer wanted to tout companies I didn’t believe in. I wanted to write. And travel.

So, I combined my two loves and did the unthinkable during the economic turn in 2010: I started a blog, quit my job, packed up my belongings, and headed across the Atlantic Ocean to chase my dream of sharing travel stories with readers.

Today, I live in Chiang Mai, Thailand and have a full-time job working for Save Elephant Foundation, an organization dedicated to rescuing Asian elephants and educating travelers on responsible tourism.

My story has been featured in Fodor’s, Boots n’ All, Nevada Public Radio, Wanderlust Magazine, Off Track Planet and many more. 

When I’m not working to educate people on responsible elephant tourism or blogging, I’m also a freelance travel writer. My work has been published in The Huffington Post, Thought Catalog, Vegas Seven, MO: Mandarin Oriental Magazine, World Nomads, Matador Network and others. I’ve also got another Web site, The Comfort Zone Project, which documents getting out of my comfort zone and into a world of more mindful healthy choices and exploration of the world around me.

I’m also co-founder of #RTTC, a revolutionary responsible travel chat on Twitter, taking place every Wednesday at 1800 GMT.

Welcome to d travels ’round! Thanks for being on this ride with me!

And, remember, at the end of the day:

Life isn’t about living happily ever after … it’s about living.