Kristen Allred

Welcome To My Travel and Adventure Blog!

Where I live

I’m Kristen, and I live in North Carolina. I love finding unique travel destinations in the Carolinas to share with my readers, like this post about the best things to do in Concord, NC, or this post about a fantastic steakhouse in Roxboro, NC, that happens to be haunted.

Where I’m From

Since I’m from Utah, I also include awesome travel spots like this factory outlet food tour in Cache Valley or date night ideas in Logan, UT.

Lakehouse Rental

My husband and I own a lakehouse rental on Mayo Lake in Roxboro, NC. It’s one of our favorite places to be. I love the Roxboro area and have explored all of the fantastic dining options and fun things to do there.

Favorite Trip

When traveling outside of the U.S., Costa Rica is our favorite spot. Here’s an article by Phanganist about some of our adventures there.

What I love Most About starting The Trippy Life

I absolutely love finding new places for my readers to visit. I especially love meeting business owners and helping to promote their restaurant or store. 

One favorite memory was being hired by Lenovo to gift a Lenovo ThinkBook to a deserving, small Raleigh business owner. I choose a charity in Raleigh called The Hope Center At Pullen. They help youth that are aging out of foster care become successful adults.

When I’m Not Traveling

I’m a mom of three great kids, a wife of one fantastic hubby, and a published composer and piano teacher.

I’m also the accompanist for an excellent choir called the Northeast Piedmont Chorale. Here is a Christmas piece the choir sang where I was fortunate enough to have the famous Sally Albrecht play the duet accompaniment with me.

Feel free to reach out to me at kristen@thetrippylife.com

Here are some pictures from my family’s adventures.

Man with monkey on shoulders

This is my husband, Gary.  He is a huge animal lover, so he was glad that this monkey named “Sweetie” wanted to climb on his shoulders. We were at Osa Wildlife Sanctuary in Costa Rica.

Boy with Macaw on Shoulder

My son, Jacob, with a Hyacinth Macaw on his shoulder.  This was taken at Ave Azul De La Osa Bird Sanctuary in Costa Rica.

Kassidy at Duke Lemur Center

My daughter, Kassidy, being a “Lemur Keeper For a Day” at the Duke Lemur Center.

Kristen Allred feeding baby tiger

Here I am at Zootastic in North Carolina feeding a baby tiger.

Beagle and Shorkie snuggling

Cookie & Biscuit

Here are my two sweet dogs. Cookie is a Shorkie, and Biscuit is a beagle mix.

I love taking them along on adventures whenever I can!

Update: Biscuit has since passed away. He lived a long, happy life and we felt blessed to have him be a part of our family.

I love playing piano, teaching piano and composing.  I have several published works.

In this video below, I’m playing my piano arrangement of Amazing Grace.

I believe there are amazing things to experience and learn wherever you are, and I can’t wait to share my journey with you.  I hope I can inspire you to cherish the adventures you find in your life!


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Hi! I'm Kristen

I love finding fun spots in the Carolinas to visit like quaint towns, country stores, and fantastic food. I can't wait to share it with you!

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