Sarah Kohan, a law student from Sydney, Australia is now a hit on social media after documenting her travels to exotic locations and frolics with glorious sea animals, which include sharks and humpback whales, reported the Daily Mail.
For the past few years, the 22-year-old law student has been travelling on her school breaks to tropical locations such as Bora Bora, Hawaii, the Bahamas, and the Cook Islands.
During her travels, Kohan documents her wildlife adventures in professional-looking photos on her Instagram @moonstrucktraveller, which now has 299,000 followers since its first post nearly a year and a half ago.
In the free-diving student’s photos, she is seen amidst gorgeous backdrops of rainforests or white, sandy beaches surrounded by turquoise water among others, but her most striking photos see her in close and possibly dangerous proximity with exotic creatures such as sharks, humpback whales, and iguanas.
She told Daily Mail Australia that her favourite trips have been when she encountered wildlife, and that she had been swimming with sharks for about seven years and swum with humpback whales for the first time last year.
‘When I’m underwater and swimming with a whale, it seems like nothing else matters – seeing an animal in their element and being able to interact with them without feeling scared or them feeling vulnerable – that’s nice to see,’ she said.
Kohan also said she hopes to break the stigma surrounding sharks.
“They’re beautiful creatures and so unique. People always need to be respectful of their surroundings and appreciate that they are just a beautiful animal.”
School, travel, and business
The 22-year-old’s rising popularity has attracted hotels and swimsuit brands to forge business relationships with her. Initially, she was self-funding her travels but it is now “50/50”, according to the student.
Kohan, who works as a nanny while attending school, said she has teamed up with Four Seasons and Maui and the Ritz Carlton in Laguna for projects, during which the company pays for her hotel in exchange for promotional work.
The law student said social media has changed the way people travel and has helped her share her experience with friends, family, and other globetrotters.
“I think it has given everybody their own way to show a unique perspective on different locations. When I’m planning a trip, I look at the tagged locations and see what other people have done and use that as inspiration to create my own.”
Kohan has previously undergone exchange courses at Harvard University and Columbia University, and will graduate from University of Notre Dame, Australia in June before hopefully interning with the International Criminal Court in the Netherlands.