Julia Dimon is an adventuress, TV host, travel journalist and hard-core travel junkie who has traveled around the world four times, through six continents, across over 80 countries
She is co-creator and co-host of Word Travels, a 40-episode TV series broadcast nationally on OLN in Canada and internationally on National Geographic Adventure, Travel Channel UK and Hallogen Network in the US. This show follows the real lives of two top travel writers as they jet set around the world, under pressure and under deadline.
Julia hosts the popular 18-part online travel series called Destination Getaway for MSNBC. Check out her culinary adventures in Beijing, as she chokes back scorpions, centipedes, starfish, lamb's penis and silk worm. http://www.traveljunkiejulia.com/watch-me-eat-lambs-penis-centipedes-and-scorpions/#more-337
She is also the co-host of a new daily show called Outside Today. Along with Ethan Zohn (Suvivor Africa winner) Julia introduces the best of 'acitve lifestyle' for the Outside Television network that reaches some 61 millions viewers a year. Check out some of her video highlights: http://www.traveljunkiejulia.com/around-the-world-with-julia-dimon-check-out-the-video/
Julia has been featured as a travel expert by ABC Nightline, NBC New York Non-Stop, NBC New York Nightly News, Forbes Traveler, MSNBC, Outside’s Go Magazine, Budget Travel, Arthur Frommer’s radio show, Peter Greenberg radio, as well as other major Canadian media outlets like Canada AM, CBC, City, Rogers TV.
She was a keynote speaker for this year's NY Times Travel Show (the largest consumer and travel trade show produced in the United States, featuring more than 500 tourism boards and 23,000 attendees), the Boston Globe Travel Show, The Chicago Tribune Travel & Adventure Show and the Washington, DC Travel & Adventure Show.
Julia has previously worked with Kayak.com as their national spokesperson and shot three commercial campaigns for the Tourism Authority of Thailand that were televised across Asia, India and the Pacific Rim on National Geographic Adventure channel.
Julia also serves on the Declaration Committee of Seven Natural Wonders, to determine the 7 natural wonders of each continent.
Julia has a popular travel blog Travel Junkie Julia http://www.traveljunkiejulia.com sharing travel advice, stories from exotic destinations and budget travel tips. She is very active in the social media scene and was nominated by the Twitter Awards, in the travel category.
Julia’s writing career began at the age of 12, with a monthly movie-review column for the Toronto Star, Canada’s largest daily newspaper. “Julia’s Flicks” was regularly published in the Star for over six years. From movie reviews, Julia moved into travel features. For four years, she wrote a monthly travel series for the Toronto Star, called “Confessions of a Backpacker” before she became a weekly columnist for Metro News.
For the next four years, Julia’s nationally-syndicated travel column, “Travel Junkie,” appeared every Wednesday in newspapers across Canada. Her column was also translated and appeared across Metro International, the “world’s largest global newspaper” with 23.1 million readers.
In addition to travel journalism, Julia has worked as a videojournalist for CBC online, crafting and hosting pieces on everything from professional pillow-fighting championships, to the politicized "Freegan" youth movement. While traveling around the world, Julia produced current affairs pieces that aired nationally on CBC Newsworld, Canada's most recognized news source.
Julia has traveled to over 80 countries, in conflict zones across five continents. This year alone, she's trained as a gladiator in Rome, camel trekked the Egyptian pyramids, confronted Santa Claus in the Arctic Circle, eaten deep-fried guinea pig in Ecuador, run with bulls in Portugal and learned to speak Klingon in the Star Trek town of Vulcan.
From the depths of the Great Barrier Reef to the top of Machu Picchu, she's hiked with silverback gorillas in Uganda, snorkeled with whale sharks in Mozambique, climbed The Great Wall of China, dog-sledded in Greenland, camel trekked in Jordan, slept with lions in the Serengeti, lived as a Buddhist monk in Korea, survived a survival course in the jungles of Belize, wrestled with indigenous Cholitas in Bolivia, toured genocide memorials in Rwanda, made lip-plates with the Mursi women of Southern Ethiopia, spent a night of "torture" in a Latvian prison and snacked on local delicacies such as silk worm, goat brain, six-inch scorpions, snake blood and severed human toe.
Let's just say she's not afraid to get her hands dirty...or break a nail :)
Julia’s genre of travel journalism focuses on quirky, human interest stories with an emphasis on culture, social activism and responsible travel. Her mission is to create awareness of issues typically not addressed in the travel genre. While many travel pieces focus on mainstream sanitized tourist attractions, Julia has pushed the boundaries of the genre, backpacking solo through off-the-beaten path locations on a quest for unique stories.
Check out her popular travel blog at www.traveljunkiejulia.com