Hi. I’m Lynli Roman, traveler, digital nomad, Travel Mental Health Professional, and Creative.
I have always been an adventurer, an artist, an introvert, and a highly sensitive person. WanderBig.com is where the combination of these aspects of myself find a home online.
I am licensed as an LMHCA (Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate) in Washington State, and have a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from The Seattle School. Additionally, I have an academic concentration in trauma and published post-graduate research on the topic of vocational burnout.
My graduate work as a licensed therapist and post-grad researcher helps me as I compare official tourism guides, qualitative research, and the latest journal articles at the intersection of travel, tourism, global sustainability, and wellness.
In addition to my certifications in the field of psychology, I maintain professional connections, certification, and memberships through organizations like Women in Travel, Fat Girls Traveling, and other female-led travel organizations.
I grew up traveling. Not to the farthest reaches of the world, but crisscrossing the American Midwest in the back of a van. My parents navigated a family business that had the whole family on the road most weekends. Although I learned young to pack light, as I was growing up, I never imagined I would become a global traveler.
And yet, when a friend took me to a remote island in Nova Scotia at age 14, my passion for visiting far off locales was born. Since then, I’ve enjoyed traveling not just to common destinations but to obscure, less popular, and remote locations. I’ve seen the Maramures Forest in Romania, hauntingly beautiful Chiloe Island in Northern Patagonia, and rode across the Adriatic Sea on public transportation. As I make my way as a digital nomad (and through the challenges of solo travel) I continue to write about these destinations and how I navigate them as a female, plus size, one bag traveler.
As a former Airbnb host-turned-pro-guest-user and as a Seattle local, I also blog on how to navigate Airbnb, how to create a travel journal of your adventures, and about the adventures to be had in my home neighborhood: Pike Place Market.
Despite the challenges and changes in travel in the past few years, I believe the digital nomad lifestyle is a trend that’s here to stay- and it’s a trend with room for everyone. WanderBig is dedicated to the experience of travelers with marginalized identities, like me, and the tools and inspiration to take the adventure of your dreams and create tangible amazing memories.
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