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kristin addis 2Kristin Addis, in Namibia.Kristin Addis / Be My Travel MuseIn March 2012, Kristin Addis quit her job as an investment banker in Southern California.

Before she left, she'd been earning six figures a year, including her commission. However, she remembers, she wasn't happy with her lifestyle.

"It was hard for me when our paid time off was only 14 days per year, " she tells Business Insider. "We'd go to the office puking our guts out because we didn't want to use our vacation time being sick. I felt back then like even if I wanted to, in that 14 days, I wasn't really allowed to take it all at once. I felt like 'What is this money worth if I don't have the opportunity to spend it on what I want?

"I thought there had to be more to life than that."

So she set out to find it.

Less than a year later, Addis bought a one-way ticket to Bangkok, planning to travel overland through Southeast Asia. Since then, the now 29-year-old has largely stayed on the move, documenting her journey through her blog, Be My Travel Muse, and sharing the expertise she's gathered in her book, "Conquering Mountains: The Guide to Solo Female Travel, " produced with Nomadic Matt's Matt Kepnes.