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Kristen and Siya Hopscotch the Globe

Five years ago, Kristen and I graduated from college, moved into a Toronto apartment and started our own companies. My company, QP7 Events, specialized in audio-visuals for live events. Kristen started a company, well you already know, you’re here.

We had big dreams, huge determination and unfortunately needed full time jobs to pay the bills. We weren’t complaining though, finally we ended our long distance relationship and could build our lives together in the Big City. QP7 Events was gaining clients and building a reputation setting up sound, lighting, and visuals for companies such as Banana Republic, Old Navy, Home Depot, etc. Kristen and I helped one another grow both our businesses and even bought a camera to film our lives. Maybe one day someone would watch us?

Almost immediately after moving to Toronto, we started planning our first round-the-world trip. Toronto life was good and entrepreneurship was exciting but something was missing: Adventure! A year later our lease was up. Kristen left for Europe and India, and I would meet her three months later in Thailand.

Thailand

My family and friends were surprised that I had built a sustainable business and put it on hold while I explored the world. It was an easy decision to make! I was more interested in making memories while traveling with Kristen. We would also be sharing our worldly experiences with anyone who was interested through HopscotchtheGlobe.com. We explored South-East Asia for a few months and hopscotched west until 6-months, 10 countries, and a lifetime worth of stories later we bumped into Toronto again. Sometimes in life you come to the realization that all your life skills and experiences have been building towards a larger dream, and you can’t see it until you get there.

Long Neck Tribe in the North of Thailand

Indonesian Train Ride

The biggest mushrooms in Singapore

Kristen and I have common goals and different skills. Perfect partner material! We want, no……we NEED the ability to pick up our lives and wander the planet. We also need projects to work on as we are two very restless and creative individuals. The answer had been developing all these years, add an audio-visual element to Hopscotch the Globe with better graphics, better equipment, a YouTube channel and…BANGARANG (Yes, from the movie Hook)! For years now I have been in the background of the website and YouTube channel helping Kristen with graphic design, editing, set design, filming, etc. Kristen wears many hats in the business, and I have been divided between QP7 and Hopscotch.

As of recently, I have been more involved in the forefront of Hopscotch the Globe on its many platforms. Focusing both our energy into one company will give you, the viewer, better and more diverse content. For those of you who are interested in solo female travel don’t think that will ever end! Kristen and I will continue to have our own solo adventures as well as couples travel, offering a male and female perspective on our adventures. Let’s face it, the ladies can relate to squat peeing in India and the guys can relate to whether boxers or briefs are better for a long flight.

I really look forward to growing Hopscotch the Globe alongside Kristen. I’m lucky to be partnering in business with my partner in life. There are many adventures coming your way, starting with my solo trip to Israel next week, followed by a couples trip to Panama and Germany!

I would like to get to know you and hear any feedback or questions you may have for me. A new chapter in our lives begins!

Kristen and Siya Enchanted Wedding

Siya Zarrabi began his travel lifestyle at the age of 16, embarking on a four month solo trip to Paraguay. Since then, he has filled passports with stamps of foreign borders.

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4 Comments

  1. Daisy Pops
    April 8, 2015 / 9:48 pm

    Blessings to you- my inspiration. Thank you for your positive mantra. My lease runs out in a few months- I wonder if that is my escapism.

    Diorama x

  2. December 24, 2014 / 7:56 am

    I LOVE you guys! I just want to say thank you because I have learned so much from browsing your youtube channel and website. I am only 17 years old right now but you have definitely reinsured and inspired my dreams for travel:)

    • January 2, 2015 / 12:04 pm

      Hi Karina! You are very welcome. Thank you for your amazing support. Whatever dream you have, you can absolutely make it happen. How exciting is that? 17 is the age when I started to travel. I had been to resorts before, but never immersed myself in a culture of a place until I was 17 and spend 4 months living in Paraguay. Since then, I’ve been hooked! This is the best time to get out there and experience a new place in the world. I think it’s really important to do that before going to Uni or College because you learn a lot about yourself that you didn’t know before. Any places in particular that you want to travel to?

  3. November 9, 2014 / 1:21 pm

    Well, we love you both so we're excited too 🙂 Best wishes to both of you!

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