GoAbroad’s Meaningful Travel Insiders (MTIs) are THE go-to experts on all things meaningful travel. We’ve vetted and developed this team of stellar writers to provide thorough, relevant, authoritative, and expert knowledge to our community of travelers. Each author brings a wealth of international experience to the table to help future adventurers travel as thoughtfully and intentionally as possible.
Dominic has studied abroad in India, worked for GoAbroad’s content team in the Philippines, travelled throughout Europe and Asia as a freelance writer, and collaborated with ESL students from all over the world. He now lives in New York City and works in international relations media.
Julia is an avid traveler, lifelong artist, theater geek, interior designer, future author, and occasional teacher. Originally from Germany, she was raised and started her university studies in Texas, before moving to Italy for her first formal teaching experience. Since then, she has traveled throughout Europe and the Americas, constantly on the look-out for the next adventure. Julia has a habit of getting stuck in love-and-hate relationships with various countries…but love conquers all.
Suzanne is a freelance travel writer and international educator. Although originally from Trinidad and Tobago, she first caught the travel bug when she studied abroad in the UK. Since then, she has interned in the U.S., taught English to high school students in Japan, and traveled to 19 countries. When she’s not working, she loves hiking, going to the beach, writing short stories, and swapping recipes with other travelers.
Mary Ellen just finished her master’s degree in anthropology and development management at the London School of Economics. She first knew she wanted to travel the world when she was eight years old and picked up a copy of National Geographic. Mary Ellen has since worked, studied, and volunteered in five different countries, and currently volunteers helping to resettle refugees in the United States.
Danielle graduated from the University of Mary Washington with degrees in English, creative writing, and Italian. She lived in southern Italy for five years and has so far traveled to fifteen countries, in addition to studying abroad in Bath, England and Bologna, Italy. Next up in her travel plans: Iceland! Danielle is currently the social media manager and assistant editor at the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF), where she gets to combine her loves of writing, Instagram, and pasta.
Rebecca’s desire to experience the world began as a young child during her first viewing of The Sound of Music. Four languages, 17 countries, and two misadventures to Maria’s Meadow later, Rebecca now fills her time writing about and marketing amazing places all over the world. Her travel experiences include studying abroad in Austria and Argentina, as well as backpacking Europe. When not talking up meaningful travel, she can be found playing the piccolo, enjoying the great outdoors of her Vermont home, and planning theme parties.
After intermittent volunteer stints in South Africa, Guatemala, and India, Niki decided to quit her job in the U.S. to pursue a life of full time international volunteering and writing. She uses her experience working in non-profits to volunteer wherever her heart leads her and plans to pursue an international master’s program to further her impact, because, Ubuntu.
Joe emits a distinct enthusiasm that echoes across borders. Having recently graduated from Colorado State University with a bachelor’s in business marketing, Joe spent much of his undergraduate career pursuing a worldly perspective, whether that was studying abroad in Prague, mentoring exchange students, or co-founding CSU’s first international business organization. Joe aspires to learn how to surf, fight crime, and find the world’s best milkshake.
Mariel is a graduate of the College of William and Mary where she studied public policy and sociology. She fell in love with meaningful travel as a study abroad student in the Czech Republic, where she returned as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant after graduation. Mariel is dedicated to all things international exchange and spends her free time learning languages and always planning her next trip.
Alisa began traveling overseas at age 16. With every new destination since then, the desire to do something meaningful with her experiences has grown. Alisa has worked for two study abroad organizations, taught English in France, organized public health workshops in Africa and Asia, and currently advises international students in Utah. She holds a master’s degree in international public service from DePaul University and enjoys trail running, rock climbing, and camping in the desert.
Jade is a freelance writer, teacher, intercultural exchange facilitator, and non-profit consultant. In the past, she managed a small Ethnographic Field School in Morocco, done research for the United Nations in Beirut, and edited a newspaper in Cairo. She has a master’s degree from the American University in Cairo, which mostly qualifies her to smoke copious amounts of sheesha and rant about foreign policy at parties.
Kendall is a travel junkie, sustainability activist, nutrition guru, personal chef, writer, and missionary. She studied nutrition communication at Arizona State University and is currently living in Michigan. Kendall has traveled to Australia, Europe, and Africa.
Aaron is a Project Integration Manager at an international technology company, currently working in Da Nang, Vietnam. Originally from Portland, Oregon, he has spent the last two years working internationally in Asia. Through his website, 12hourdifference.co, he is sharing his insights as well as the insights of other professional expats from around the world with millennials who are curious about taking an international career path.
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Char is an introverted lover of dragon fruit juice. She loves sitting with Nicaraguan children on the side of the street while patiently breaking down North American stereotypes. With a short haircut and watermelon shaped earrings, she is passionate about mental health and the rewards that come with vulnerable travel. Not only does she write for five different blogs, she also teaches art and English classes in the mountains of Nicaragua.
Joe is a travel writer, filmmaker, and podcaster who loves good beer, long bike rides, and getting lost in a new city. When he's able to sit still for more than a week, his videos and editorial work have been featured in a variety of domestic and international publications.
Julia recently graduated with a master’s in intercultural relations from Lesley University in Boston and moved back to her beloved Bay Area. During college, she fell in love with long term travel after spending a semester in Krakow, Poland. She has also spent time in Izmir, Turkey, teaching English and eating her weight in Turkish breakfasts. Julia prefers to travel through taste, learning about a country’s culture through its culinary highlights.
After graduating from UC Santa Barbara with a degree in Global Studies, all this California girl wanted to do was travel! So she booked a one-way ticket to Mexico and has been hooked ever since. She's traveled to 6 of the 7 continents (coming for ya Antarctica!) and has worked in nonprofits around the world while getting her masters in International Development.
Steph is a literature graduate and former high school English teacher from the UK who left her classroom in July 2014 to become a full-time writer and volunteer. Passionate about education and how it can empower young people, she’s worked with various education NGOs and charities in South America. A cheese addict and Bolivian television personality (well, almost), she’s a lover of the great outdoors and never says no to an adventure.
Kerianne Baylor is a curious world wanderer and a lover of languages, journaling, and random dancing. Studying abroad in Spain for a year wasn't enough, so she set her sights on South America. After teaching English on the Colombian coast, she headed to an equally-as-hot coastal city in Brazil to do the same. You'll find her scoping out ice cream spots, checking out yet another Brazilian beach, and snapping tons of pics along the way.
Jennifer plans her adventures from her bungalow in Maryland where she lives with her sweet family. From floating down the Niger river in Mali on a passenger steamer to watching the sunrise on a rooftop in Morocco, she’s passionate about travel to Francophone Africa and appreciates the tender moments that traveling abroad has to offer. Her favorite artists are Yuna and Stromae, and her dream is to write a book while traveling the Trans-Siberian Railway!
A proud Wisconsin-native, Laura has been calling the mountains of Colorado home since 2014. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin La Crosse in 2013 with a communication major and minors in nutrition and psychology. Laura has volunteer abroad in Costa Rica, interned abroad in Germany, and spent time exploring various Central American and European destinations. In addition to writing for GoAbroad, she is currently tending bar and fostering shelter dogs while figuring out her next endeavor.