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Who is the Empathetic Traveler?

Hi, it's me. I'm the Empathetic Traveler, it's me!

My name is Travis Garcia, a 34 year old empath. I am originally from Valparaiso, IN and studied Sociology and Criminology at Butler University in Indianapolis, IN. I moved to Bourbonnais, IL to pursue my career in Law Enforcement.

I am married to a woman with Wanderlust, Kerstin Rust. Father to a daughter ripe to see the world and all it has to offer. I currently am a Police Officer, of 10 years, who is just finishing up their 7 year specialty assignment of working as the School Resource Officer for the local public school district.

Why is the Empathetic Traveler?

I am often asked, "What is your why?" Simply, I just love to travel and experience new things. I have had some very amazing experiences while traveling and so many people ask me about them and want to know how they came to be or what I did to have them happen.

The Spark

One day, after a truly magical experience at Ollivander's Wand Shop in Universal Studios Florida, I figured it was time to start blogging my travels. I want to help show others how using just a little bit of empathy and putting yourself out there will really elevate your travel.

You can check out the blog post titled "The Spark" to hear the full story of that magical day and to gain some insight on the creation of this blog (which I had bouncing around my brain for years).

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