My Story


Hoi An, Vietnam

Hi friends!  I’m Kylee, a twenty something year old with a passion to see the world, learn different cultures, and meet everyone and anyone along the way.  I started Passports and Preemies in 2017 when I found myself quitting my nursing gig in Kansas City to become a ‘travel nurse’ all over the USA.  That year I was also lucky enough to spend the spring traveling throughout Europe – solo (mostly).  Which is what initially inspired me to start this blog.  I remember it perfectly – sitting on a boat in Paris, looking out at the Eiffel Tower, thinking “Wow, I never want to forget this exact moment.”  And thus, after a bit of wine, Passports and Preemies was born!  That Spring I was anchored in Skopje, Macedonia working with Project Hope.  I was using my nursing skills to volunteer in the NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit), while also using the weekends to travel throughout the rest of Europe.

The biggest lesson I’ve learned from working in the NICU is that BIG journeys begin with SMALL steps. I want to prove to you that travel doesn’t have to be hard or scary.  It can be fun, easy, and accessible.  My aim with Passports and Preemies has always been to encourage people to step out of their comfort zones and get to know themselves better by traveling.

Khao Sok National Park

Since this journey began I’ve had the privilege of visiting 29/195 countries, 3/7 continents, 29/50 states, and taking six travel nursing assignments across the USA.  From the bedside and beyond, I’m here to share real experiences with travel and nursing, while also encouraging and inspiring people everywhere to step out of their comfort zones.  After all… big journeys begin with small steps.


Contact me at [email protected]