Jasmine Stephenson

I’m Jasmine. I’m 28 years old. I’m from Tampa, Florida. I graduated from the University of South Florida with a bachelor’s in psychology in 2007 and felt like I needed a big change in my life, so I moved across the country to Arizona. While in Arizona, I studied Reiki and worked in a corporate law office.

I distinctly remember going to Wal-mart in Mesa, AZ and observing the people around me. Kids were climbing out of carts whining while stressed out parents were picking out paint for their bathroom. It was then that I realized that I don’t want my life to look like that. I don’t want to live a life that was designed by someone else, a life that my society tells me epitomizes success.

I decided that my education wasn’t over, and that there was a lot more for me to learn and see. I sold and gave away all my worldly possessions and booked a flight to New Zealand.

Over the course of seven years, I traveled across 24 countries on 5 continents. Of all those places, there was one that I couldn’t forget – Colombia. I officially settled down in Medellin, the city of the eternal spring, and lived there for three of those seven years.

In Medellin I met my fiancé, Dwayne. We are getting married in May and moving back to the US. After the wedding, we’re taking a road trip from Florida to Los Angeles with our two dogs where we will embark on this new journey together.

This is Jasmine Wanders: The Next Chapter.

If you want to find out how I have afforded years of travel, check out my work and travel page. My travel map shows the places I’ve been. I’ve recently launched a frequently asked questions page in case I missed anything here.