What do you do for work?
Traveling optometrist, doing nursing home eyecare
Tell me a little about where you've gone so far. What are your favorite locations and most impactful trips?
I went to the bush of Alaska to provide eyecare to natives. I climbed to the top of Half Dome in Yosemite and the bottom of the Grand Canyon. My dog and I traveled around the US for a month seeing many of the national parks. Different Europe destinations have also been vacations.
When did you first know you were a traveler?
When my list of places to see topped 100.
What are your favorite items that you always travel with?
My dog. A jump rope. My Beats headphones. My Yeti coffee cup. Chia seed “pudding” with dried blueberries and coconut. Chai tea latte mix.
How would you describe your packing style:
- The smallest amount possible in the smallest bag possible
- Carry-on Rollerbag
- Super Organizer
- Hiking gear works for me
- Just enough
- Just throw it all in a bag
What an interesting remote job! How did you get started as a traveling optometrist?
I had owned 2 different practices, sold both of them, and then was free to do what I wanted. I had always loved travel and decided I would try to make that part of my job. I googled and searched on job sites and Facebook for "mobile optometry," "traveling optometrist," and first the job traveling to Alaska to provide eyecare for bush natives came up. After I got back from Alaska, the nursing home job came up.
Tell me a little about the books you’ve written
What is the hardest part about traveling?
Also, eating right. For my job, I usually travel for 2 days at a time, so I usually pack all my food. I have an easy portable cooler and a backpack of food that travels easily. That takes some planning. Recently I have been hooked on Chia Seed Pudding, where you just add almond milk.
Do you require internet while you’re traveling and working? How do you deal with low connection areas while you’re working & traveling?
What hobbies do you bring on the road with you?
What advice would you give to a new traveler?
Relax. Look for coincidence and the magic will happen. Don’t be afraid to go by yourself, the widest experience is had when alone.
To learn more about Dr. Maria Higgins take a look at her website at www.drmariahiggins.com or follow her on instagram.