Early Start to Traveling
I grew up on a farm in the middle of nowhere in Finland. As a child I watched American TV shows and tried to learn English to one day achieve my dream of living in the US. With my family I traveled to European countries for vacations, but after a lot of begging I finally was allowed to take my first international trip alone at the age of 12. I went to a language school in Bermuda. My parents thought that I would become very homesick and I would never want to travel again. But they were totally wrong. After six weeks away, I came home crying that I wanted to go back to Bermuda… I was hooked on traveling already at 12 years old.
I was hooked on traveling already at 12 years old.
Working to Travel
By the time I was a teenager, I had figured out that my way to get out of the farm can happen with modeling. I started working as a model in Finland and shortly after that received my first international contract to go to Tokyo. I was super excited. My parents weren’t, but being such a stubborn child, they had no choice. I ended up working as a model in 13 different countries as a teenager. I did it all for the travel. It was so exciting for me. I loved Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, New Zealand and Korea.
I was very lucky because I was able to travel to so many places and get paid for doing so. I took advantage of it all and during my free time traveled around sightseeing.
More Than One Trip Per Month
Now I have a more settled down way of life in Los Angeles, but I still travel a lot. Sometimes I travel for work (I now work as an actor and a TV host); I got to shoot a TV series in Buenos Aires, Argentina and every year I travel at least to Las Vegas for hosting jobs. I also travel for vacations and general exploring. So far this year (we are four months into this year right now) I have traveled to the Cook Islands (Rarotonga and Aitutaki), Tahiti, Moorea, Bora Bora, Las Vegas, and San Diego in addition to Los Angeles. That’s more than one trip per month on average. It is my goal to visit every single country on the planet. I am more than a quarter of the way there.
Traveling is Freeing
Traveling makes me feel free. It makes me feel like I am on top of the world, whether I am somewhere luxurious or in a third world country. To me they are equally exciting experiences. I always get something great out of traveling. It broadens my mind and makes me feel alive.
Life is all about; achieving happiness that keeps you thriving forward.
Because I feel that I live for traveling, I started a travel blog just this month. It came about from my numerous travel stories. For now it is a hobby, as a still have my other career too. But the more I write the blog, the more I realize it really makes me happy. That is what I think life is all about; achieving happiness that keeps you thriving forward.
About The Author
Anna Easteden is a Finnish born American actor living in Los Angeles. You may have seen Anna in shows like: Two and a Half Men, Bones and Days of Our Lives.
Anna is also a humanitarian and has conducted a comparative legal research study on the different aspects of asylum procedures in selected European countries for United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Bratislava, Slovakia. Her research impacted the Slovak National Asylum Legislation, which was in the process of amendment. She holds a B.A. in Political Science as well as a B.A. in Theater and Performance Studies from University of California Berkeley.