Kristin Henning in the Warsaw Caves

Travel Inspiration: An Interview with Kristin Henning

Kristin Henning in the Warsaw CavesKristin Henning is with us this week, and she is an enthusiastic supporter of OHW’s beta platform and I have loved watching her check in all over the world these past few months.

Kristin set off three years ago with her husband to show that travel after 50 is possible, and she and her husband are on a long-term journey to interesting places with a focus on outdoors adventures and nature. Let’s take a look at what she has been up to and what has helped her travel these past years.

1) What do you do?

These days I’m a full-time traveler and writer. Before this, I was involved in publishing in Minneapolis and St. Paul, including a weekly alternative newspaper, a monthly parenting magazine, a monthly arts and culture magazine, and several web sites. My job was mostly marketing and advertising sales to support the publications.

2) What was your biggest obstacle to traveling and how did you overcome it?

Agreeing with my husband, Tom Bartel, when the time was right was the biggest hurdle. He wanted to take off in the ‘90s when we sold the weekly paper, but I was reluctant to go freewheeling with two kids in middle school. We finally got on the same page three years ago when we sold our house.

3) What are you most excited about right now?

I’m continually amazed at how much more I want to travel and how much more I want to see. We’re not tired of this. And I love that it brings physical activity into our lives.

4) What’s next for you?

We are working on a couple of ‘firsts.’ This fall we will visit Hawaii and Japan, both for the first time. And we are putting together ideas with G Adventures for our first Travel Past 50 led trip.

5) What’s a cause you’re passionate about and why?

The Nature Conservancy and reforestation programs. We’re just not making a lot of new undeveloped land these days, so I love to see land of any kind protected or restored to its natural state. My favorite apps help me identify birds and plants.

A thank you to Kristin for taking the time to share her current projects and causes. If you’d like to connect or find out more about Kristin’s recent travels, you can find her on her OHW profile.

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We regularly feature inspiring travelers who have taken the leap into travel as a part of our travel inspiration interview series. If you’re a traveler keen on being profiled here, sign up for an OHW account and fill in your profile — then shoot me an email (shannon at ohheyworld dot com).

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Shannon O'Donnell

A storyteller and knowledge-seeker captivated by the world. Formally an actress and web-nerd, I left in 2008 to travel solo, volunteer, and hunt down delicious vegetarian eats all over the world. She recently published "The Volunteer Traveler’s Handbook, and her travel stories and photography are recorded on her travel blog, ALittleAdrift.com.

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  • I had the pleasure of meeting Kristin and Tom while in Chiang Mai early last year; an amazing couple. Monica and I spent a whole day with them petting tigers, visiting the hill tribe, and going rafting. One of my favorite days during my stay in CM.

    • HMS Henning

      Agreed, that was a trip highlight, Drew. Were we nuts to pet tigers?

  • HMS Henning

    I should mention the photo was taken inside the Warsaw Caves in Peterborough, Ontario, during a post TBEX Conference excursion. Since then, I’ve used the headlamp to plow through our storage in a successful mission to downsize.