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 didnâ€™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.
I recently livedÂ in Chiang Mai, Thailand and volunteered full-time for Save Elephant Foundation, an organization dedicated to rescuing Asian elephants and educating travelers on responsible tourism. I’m the co-founder of the Responsible Travel & Tourism Collective, which includes Â #RTTC, a weekly chat on Twitter about the topic and its many facets and also tapped as a speaker for elephant tourism.
After nearly four years of living abroad, I recently headed back to my former stomping grounds of Las Vegas to launch an exciting new project and focus on a life as a freelance writer.
My story has been featured in Fodorâ€™s, Boots nâ€™ 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, About.com, Travel + Escape, Luna Luna, Vegas Seven, MO: Mandarin Oriental Magazine, World Nomads, Matador Network and others.
If you want a more personal take on my life as an expat, I share all my dirty little secrets over on 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.
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 â€¦ it’s about living.
My favorite stories
My very first blog post EVER: Aussies with ambition … or an ode to youth
Life with elephants:
On career breaks and solo travel:
If you want more, be sure to check the popular posts! Or shoot me a message and let me know what you are looking for and I will send you some links!