Elisa Kotin – World Traveler & Travel Blogger
My name is Elisa Kotin and I am a World Traveler and Travel Blogger. I have explored 81 countries across all 7 continents.
How it All Started
My travel history starts in 1989 with me, 22 years old, backpacking through Europe for two months. My sister at 29, had passed away and I decided to visit my brother in Bognor Regis, England. A chat with a travel agent had me packing after an engaging 45 minute conversation on youth hostels and Eurail Passes. During the call I booked a two month return and was set to fly out in a few short weeks.
Looking back I can only laugh at myself for filling my backpack with 16 oz shampoo, conditioner and soap bottles. Nobody told me Europe carried conveniently sized travel bottles. My back was breaking before I arrived at the first hostel. I was near shocked when I saw toasters and microwaves in England. I have learned a lot on the road since then and have had more life experience on the road than I could ever have dreamed of.
Storytelling or Real?
Most of the time I feel like people don’t even believe my stories. From Cholera in Zimbabwe to broken toes in Bolivia, I always have a snippet to share. As a World Traveler & Travel Blogger, I am always honest about my experiences. Where it seems like my stories sound a bit far fetched, I am always authentic and credible! Just look at my photos and video!
A gorilla hit me in Rwanda and a chimp climbed up my back in Uganda before carrying it into the forest where we lay side by side grooming one another. The pig I purchased for a Village in West Papua led to a feast in my honor. Riding an ostrich in South Africa was hysterical which was followed by a caged shark dive and a caged crocodile dive. I kayaked with whales in Antarctica, went Piranha fishing in the Brazilian jungle. I have played with lions, cheetahs, leopards, orangutans, a panda and have been chased down by an angry elephant!
Aerial, Water and Action Sports
Bungy jumping has had my heart palpitating numerous times where tandem sky diving is a sport I could do over and over. While I somersaulted out of a plane at 14,000 ft, I was using a face mask for oxygen before plummeting out at 18,000 ft. My favorite is Aerobatic flying. I actually rolled a plane 4 times all by myself and my pilot maneuvered an inverted flat spin while flying us in a Pitts Special! Flying is a thrill and I have been hang gliding, jet-packing, parasailing, gliding and in addition, flew the Fly by Wire in New Zealand.
My other happy place is being on or in the water so I seek out kayaking and I love to white water raft. I have survived “The Toilet Bowl” on the Zambezi, “The Bad Place” on the Nile and Kaituna in New Zealand. So, due to my love of water and wildlife, I have swam with manta rays, sting rays and manatees as well as a pod of over 600 dolphins.
One of the most unique sports I have tried was Zorbing, which was a hoot and a half! Repelling Sipi Falls was a sought after rush and I also enjoy caving, tubing, bobsledding, 4 wheel driving and more! There is definitely a bit of an adrenaline junkie in me!
In Timbuktu I danced with Tuareg’s at the Mali Desert Festival and while in India I roamed with Sadhu’s and snake charmers at the Maha Kumbh Mela. Yelling “Wa, Wa, Wa” while trekking the mountains in West Papua, Indonesia (formerly Irian Jaya) allowed me safe entry to the villages. Dancing at the local Sing Sing in Papua New Guinea ended in applause. Passing out give-away’s to the village chief ended with an exchange gift of his Penis Gourd.. Ethiopia holds my favorite village story to date with a Matriarch that inquired how I breast feed my cat! My blog features this must read story!
Other Noteworthy Credits
Appearances on 9 game shows, 3 talk shows, 2 reality shows and 3 news broadcasts have afforded me great air time. I have appeared in several newspapers and The San Fernando Valley Business Journal featured me as an entrepreneur. The Los Angeles Sunday Times Travel Section has promoted my presentations for travel organizations which include The Network for Travel Club, The Adventurer’s Club, The Traveler’s Century Club and most noteworthy, my own travel group, “The World Traveled”.
Sharing the Experience
Sharing my passion as a World Traveler and Travel Blogger is incredibly important to me! My Meetup group in Los Angeles, “The World Traveled“, has over 750 members and is growing weekly. I engage members monthly with a variety of informative topics and I pass on information from partnerships I build with travel companies. Exciting monthly give-a-ways expose new products to assist in making travel easier and more fun!
As a researcher that has planned and created my itineraries, I am enthusiastic and happy to share my expertise. Presentations are available on a variety of topics from destination slideshows to traveling solo and safety travel. Unique travel tips are always part of my appearances! Please contact me with any questions or to check availability.
My photos have appeared on a number of sites and in a variety of publications including overseas. Museums have showcased my photos and geography classes around the world have shared my photos with their students.
I fantasize about having my own travel show to inspire dreamers to live out their travel fantasies! If you are looking… I’m your gal!