As a travel devotee and community advocate, travel is very near and dear to my heart. It isn’t just a part of my profession, it is my life! At Wild Bum, we believe travel is not a luxury, but rather an essential part of our health and well-being. Let me count the ways travel has enriched my own life… My husband and I prioritize travel with and without our kids. We whole-heartedly believe that travel has strengthened our relationship, cognitive health, and overall well-being. Last year, our kids raised $13k to re-open a school in Kenya. We traveled there and met the students and teachers who live in a tiny Samburu village in Laikipia, making the long and strenuous trek up a mountain to their school, re-opened the doors, made brooms out of leaves from the nearby bushes and cleaned each classroom, which had been occupied by bats and birds since its doors has been closed. We played soccer and jump rope and even though we didn’t speak the same language, we learned that connection can occur without words. It’s made through the universal language of sports and laughter!
This is an experience my entire family will forever remember, shaping my young kids into the worldly and kind young adults we hope them to become. We live not by word, but by example! By real experiences.
I am also fortunate to curate and guide women’s dance & service adventures! I bring groups of close to 30 women to Guatemala where we’ve installed water filter and stoves into the homes of Mayan women, El Salvador where we renovated a rural school and most recently, Colombia, where we helped fund and build the first-ever community center in a rural area! These trips are life-changing! I have the gift of experiencing how these magical travels impact not only the communities we visit but the women who come on the adventures. We dance and work hard, but also experience the local culture, laugh until our bellies ache, play games and enjoy cocktails and R&R – these adventures are all about connection and feeling more like ourselves – returning a better mom, wife, friend, daughter, sister and on and on.
I always say that travel is the gift that keeps on giving.
And, building Wild Bum – an online global marketplace that offers comprehensive, curated travel guides. Designed by Guide Architects—real travelers who are passionate about sharing their insider travel knowledge. Providing a blueprint for travelers around the world to plan their next adventure. It is founded on the fact that travel enriches our lives – cultivating a global community who feel it’s profound impact. It is everything.
Counting down the days until we hit the roads, the skies and everything in-between so we can start exploring this incredible planet we call home.
–Mollie Krengel, Wild Bum