What I… Carryn from Torn Tackies

Travel blogs are my favourite to read – and even more so since the travel world has changed completely and we need to do more armchair travel than anything else. I find travel bloggers super inspiring. And although I love the concept I doubt I would be able to give up the comforts of home and a familiar routine for the discomfort of constant travel!!

Today it’s the turn of Carryn to share her story in my What I… blogger interview series. Carryn is a travel junkie and nature enthusiast who blogs at Torn Tackies Travel Blog.

Over the past few years she has made a huge career when she quit her job in marketing management to teach English in Korea. While living in Korea her perspective on travel changed and she realised she didn’t want to do the popular, touristic activities or go to the best parties. She wanted to make connection with the country, with the culture, the food and the people.

She has now explored the Philippines and camped on the beach in El Nidodived with manta rays and sharks in Indonesialived with the locals in Sri Lanka, summited Mount Kilimanjaro and climbed Island Peak in Nepal. She has even made it to Everest Base Camp!

Through her blog she aims to encourage people to take that leap of faith, buy that ticket and go on an adventure.

Read on for some travel inspiration from Carryn…

What I…


Where there’s a will, there’s a way and I can do anything I put my mind to. This is true in every aspect of my life, from when I summited Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania and Island Peak in Nepal, to building a successful online business, and having a location independent lifestyle.

I also know that every experience changes you and shapes the person you become. Human connections are so important and everyone has their own story. Before you judge people and their actions, you need to take the time to get to know them, to know their struggles and their story.

Also, our perception of what is “normal” in the world isn’t necessarily true. Moving to South Korea was a huge culture shock for me. I didn’t realize that two countries could be so incredibly different. This experience opened my eyes to just how unique and diverse we all are. 


My family who are my number one supporters. And I absolutely love food – Indulging in local cuisine is one of the best ways to experience a country. Dak Galbi (Korean) and Kottu Rotti (Sri Lanka) are two of my favourite meals and I love a good old South African braai! And red wine – South African wines are the best.

I love travelling off-the-beaten-track. Previously, I would visit popular destinations and touristy spots. But after exploring some of the most remote islands in Indonesia, I’ve learned that there is so much beauty out there. This is the best kind of travel – an authentic experience away from the crowds.


I read a lot of blog posts! Anything to do with travel blogging, SEO, business inspiration, creating healthy habits and ways to increase traffic. 


I want to continue working in an industry that I’m passionate about (travel) and I want to keep learning and growing as a person.

I also want to continue being excited about life, about my future and about my career. I want to help others, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds. Some people just need a bit of encouragement and support to get them started.


At the moment I’m living in Bali, so I spend most of my days in my bikini, sarong and flip flops. I love this laid back lifestyle where image doesn’t matter and fancy clothing brands aren’t important. During winter I live in my leggings and trainers – I’ll choose comfort over style any day!


Alone time! I love taking time out to just sit back and focus on me. Whilst I enjoy being active, meeting people and going out, I need a day where I have no plans and no commitments so I can watch series, catch up on the news, relax by the pool or have an afternoon nap! I also need my morning coffee!

Kathryn Rossiter

Kathryn is a South African lifestyle blogger and mom of 2 who has been blogging daily for over 9 years! She writes about travel, health, beauty, fashion, decor and family... but not food (unless it's food she's eaten made by someone else) as she is a hopeless cook. She only wakes up early for 2 things... a red-eye flight to somewhere exotic and early morning game drives. She has just finished an extensive home renovation and would prefer to never see another box again. She's never met a chocolate or glass of bubbles that she didn't like!

No Comments Yet

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.