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Welcome to Empowerment Exploring!

This is a safe space focused on trauma recovery through the art of travel.

My Story

Hello! My name is Katie Nelson. There are many bits and pieces of my life that have brought me to where I am today, as I share my passions with others. 

In 2015 I experienced trauma through a home invasion. In the first few years after the event, I struggled through life and felt as though I would never recover. My symptoms eventually lessened over time, but I couldn't quite place what had helped me.

Fast forward to Spring 2021: I was working with my life coach, trying to figure out what I was meant to do with my life.

I knew that I wanted to help change lives and inspire others - but I didn't know in what capacity. My coach asked me some questions involving my trauma and my passion for travel. Suddenly, everything clicked and I understood my purpose in this world.

While I had a love for travel before the home invasion, it was after the event when my love exploded. I wanted to travel every day I had the opportunity. I had learned that travel - solo travel in particular - gave me power. I was stronger for the decisions I was making and I would return home from trips feeling extremely empowered.

Travel helped heal my trauma. I had never heard of this concept before, but I knew if it worked for me I would be able to help at least one other person on this earth. This is how I came up with Empowerment Exploring: Trauma recovery using travel as the avenue for healing.


I'm always open to new and fulfilling opportunities. Let's connect.

Based in Sioux Falls, South Dakota

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