Getting to know traveler and blogger Kylie Neuhaus
Kylie Neuhaus, a traveler and blogger (Between England and Iowa), is from Essex, England. She’s waiting for her visa, so she can become a permanent resident of the United States, where her husband lives. She’s traveled worldwide, meeting people while working at a summer camp in the U.S. and even found love on a solo trip.
When seeing the world, you never know who you can meet around the next corner. Some of the best outcomes of traveling, especially while solo, is getting to know new people. Read about Kylie’s travel experiences and meeting people during her travels, including the love of her life:
How did you meet your husband?
I was on a solo trip to Jamaica. It was raining and I wasn’t sure what to do, so I figured I would go swimming as I’d be wet anyway! I decided to have a drink at the swim-up bar, and the only spare seat was next to my now American husband! Conversation started by him asking, ‘You’re English! Do you watch Top Gear?’
As we carried on talking we discovered that despite living 4,000 miles apart, we were EXACTLY the same. We were the same age, worked in similar industries, liked the same bands, watched the same TV shows, done the same sport (there aren’t many wakeboarders in England!). We acted the same and thought the same. Even in the early days, meeting up was never awkward, it just felt like we’d known each other for years, and we’ve spoken every day since (2 years and counting)!
What is your favorite trip you and your husband have done together?
Our favourite trip together was our honeymoon to the Maldives! Emirates Airline made us a honeymoon cake and gave us a card. We stayed in a water bungalow and went snorkeling with sea turtles and sharks!
When you move to America, what is top on your list to visit?
I didn’t know much about Iowa before I met my husband. Even though I’ll be living there, I’m still researching it like a tourist! Nearby, I’d like to visit:
Galena – a small town just over the Illinois border. They have segway tours and an alpine toboggan.
Pella – founded by Dutch immigrants, the town has windmills and canals. I’d like to see how it compares to the real Netherlands!
Dubuque – They offer a stand up paddle boarding tour on the Mississippi River.
Elsewhere in the States, I’d like to go to White Sands National Monument in New Mexico, Maui and Kuaui in Hawaii and the Florida Keys!
Who else do you keep in contact with that you met through traveling?
I worked at a USA summer camp in 2008, so naturally I made friends from all over the world. We were working and living in a close bubble for 3 months, so we grew pretty close and still take an interest in what each other is up to. I flew up to Scotland and met up with a group after returning home. Seven years later, one of my campers (now in her 20’s) is emigrating to London and got in contact with me. We’re planning to meet up this year.
What do you find is the best way to meet people while traveling?
Tours and activities! I love adrenaline so meeting a lot of similar people during activities like ATV tours is the best. Traveling solo forces you to talk to the people around you; I enjoy it!
What is one must-do activity in your hometown?
Even though my town is right on the doorstep of London Stansted Airport, there’s not much to do from a tourist point of view. We have a little museum about the town’s history, a country park and public garden. It is near to the coast. My guilty pleasure is going there, having fish and chips and ice cream on the sea wall, playing mini golf, visiting the arcades and the fairground rides on the pleasure pier!
What are your future travel plans?
My husband is hopefully flying to the UK in February, and we’re talking about having a city break in Dubai. I want to see a little more of Europe before I emigrate to America, so I may spend a couple of days in Prague, Czech Republic and then a week in Croatia, Montenegro and Bosnia!
If you could travel anywhere tomorrow, where would you go? Why?
Other than the obvious of going to see my husband in America, I’d really like to visit Belize. I’d love to see more of the Caribbean. I love the music, the food, the snorkeling is amazing and plus it’d be warmer and sunnier than what it is in the UK right now!