It all began when I was thinking about summer vacation for my family, I found a couple companies that were booking “surprise trips" (wish I was the first one to think of this idea). Essentially, you fill out an online form answering how many people, your budget, dates, and some general questions about your likes, pay online (you pick a set budget from a drop down!) and then they book a trip for you to a destination of their choosing, etc. I was SO excited about this idea and was ready to book a trip. Then, I got to looking at the way it worked, how little personal interaction there was, how much it cost, and what was (not) included for the price... and I was OUT.
My two main issues? I couldn’t figure out how they could book something that I would love based on the very generic questions on their website and without having a conversation with me. I also didn't like that I was forced into pre-set amounts (starting at $2,000). A couple friends said- “you could do this better.” I totally agreed and kicked the idea around for a day but decided “nah.”
The idea never fully left my head and it was a few months later, on the last day of our very incredible summer vacation that I woke up and said to my family, “I kind of think I should really try this travel idea!” As happens with my very supportive family, I got a “sure!”
I just couldn’t get the idea of out my brain that whole day. Then, sitting at the Denver airport (EXACTLY my 499th airport in 5 years), a friend asked on Instagram for suggestions for a long weekend in the fall. I was about to answer with a few quick ideas; but, then I had questions. I couldn't make the perfect recommendation without having more information! So, I DM’d her and told her about my idea to book mystery travel and that I’d love to do it for them to get experience (and, of course, reviews)! She was stoked, which fueled my fire!
I immediately shared my mystery travel concierge idea via email to some select friends/colleagues, and posted about it on Facebook. There was interest. And a LOT of it. I was so excited, Within minutes I had 8 calls booked (6 of them took trips)! I was over the moon and called up one of the friends from the original “you can do it better” conversation – I had to gush! It was in that conversation that the term “adventure alchemy” slipped out and it was perfect. There I was, in Denver International Airport, birthing a travel venture.
I’m excited to share my love of travel, passion for adventure, and desire to serve. If you’re ready to say “yes” to expanding your horizons, I’m ready to whip up the trip of a lifetime for you in the adventure lab.
Hi, alchemist here. My name is Kristin Benton and I’m an enneagram 7w6, which may or may not mean anything to you. If it means nothing, disregard – or read up, if you’re curious. If it means something to you, then you know how important and fulfilling travel is to me. I’m a nomad to my core and adventure is in my blood... and helping others experience the fullness of travel is in my DNA!
I’ve traveled all but a handful of states in the U.S. starting as far back as first grade. I even did a special studies program at the University of Hawaii in Honolulu during college, studying cultural pluralism. But, let’s start at the beginning...
My mom showed cats when I was growing up (yeah, kinda weird, but kinda awesome) and we spent our weekends driving around the Midwest (from Minneapolis to Dallas) in our wood panel station wagon, going to cat shows. We always took time to explore where we were and I’ve never lost the love of (excessive) travel. I think it’s hereditary. My dad traveled for a living my entire growing up and to this day is in several different countries every month.
As for me, I’ve spent time in over 500 airports since 2015. Ironically, I hit the 500 number on the nose the same day Adventure Alchemy was born. Yeah. Exploded my brain too. For 4 years, I traveled the U.S. as a fitness expert, appearing on news channels in every major market in the U.S., including CNN!, training celebrities in Hollywood, and presenting to packed houses of fitness professionals. I got to know my way around each place I went and exercised my knack for finding awesome experiences, often involving ice cream.
Once that chapter ended, I launched a full-time (life) coaching business, I even kept a part-time side job that allowed me to travel a few times a month. In fact, I still keep a small book of coaching clients!
Even as a wife and mother of 2 daughters, I just can’t stay put. I love introducing my family to incredible experiences and being a guide for them. I know the places we’ve gone and things we’ve done will be memories they cherish for a lifetime, with amazing stories to tell their kids and grandkids. I want the same for you.
As for international adventures- I’ve camper van, road-tripped Iceland’s ring road; done missions work in east Africa, and special guest taught fitness classes at a boujee resort in Mexico, as well as multiple summers fishing in Canada, and cruising to the Bahamas. I have much more international travel to check off my “list” but, there’s nothing quite like seeing all there is to see here in the United States. That’s a big part of why my adventure concoctions are focused on domestic destinations. This country is amazing and there is so much to experience right here!
You can also learn more about my travels in This Podcast>>
I can’t wait to whip up an adventure for you so if you are curious about me, my experiences, or what your next trip could look like, I would love to talk!