My name is Julia Dimon. I’m a family travel expert, on-camera travel TV host, travel influencer, brand ambassador, blogger and hard-core travel junkie who’s traveled around the world to over 80 countries, across all seven continents.
Host of the TV series Word Travels, broadcast on National Geographic Adventure and Travel Channel UK across over 100 countries and 21 languages, I’ve had some pretty amazing adventures as a solo female around the world:
I’ve traveled to over 80 countries, in conflict zones across seven continents. I’ve 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, watched a lion chase a warthog in Kenya, ran 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, I’ve 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, snacked on local delicacies such as silk worm, goat brain, six-inch scorpions, snake blood and severed human toe.
After a three-year stint with Word Travels, I hosted the popular online 18-part travel series, Destination Getaway, for MSNBC. Then I spent four years as a co-host for the active lifestyle morning show “Outside Today,” broadcast on Outside Television network. Among many branded videos, I’ve hosted online videos for Travel & Leisure, was a global insider for Celebrity Cruises and has hosted many Satellite Media Tours, Radio Media Tours and Blogger Tours for a variety of brands. I regularly appear as on-air talent across platforms, but I’ve also worked also ‘behind the scenes’ producing travel content for such outlets as Lonely Planet.
I’ve has been featured as a travel expert by CNN, ABC Nightline, New York Times, Conde Nast Traveller, Travel & Leisure, Forbes Traveler, MSNBC, E! News, Style Magazine, Teen Vogue, Outside Magazine, Travel Channel, Chicago Tribune, Budget Travel, USA Today, among other major outlets. Julia served as the Executive editor of Escape Magazine, an American Express travel publication. Julia is a regular featured speaker for the NY Times Travel Show (the largest consumer and travel trade show produced in the United States) and talks about all travel related topics, from travel hacking, to shared economy, adventure travel to family travel. She’s also spoken the LA Times Travel Show, the Boston Globe Travel Show, the Chicago Tribune Travel & Adventure Show, the Washington DC Travel & Adventure Show and TBEX. Julia served on the Declaration Committee of Seven Natural Wonders, to determine the 7 natural wonders of each continent.
In terms of travel brands, Julia has worked as a brand ambassador for such companies as Kayak, Expedia, Celebrity Cruises, American Express, Hilton Hotels and many DMOs. Julia is currently a regular content creator for Travelocity and travel guide for Eddie Bauer.
My experiences led me to write the book “Travel Junkie: A Badass Guide to Solo Female Travel” to empower other young women to ditch the 9-5 grind, explore the world and find themselves. “Travel Junkie: A Badass Guide to Solo Female Travel,” features tried-and-true travel tips and advice for the next generation of adventurers. With chapters on scoring cheap flights, maximizing air miles, using the best travel apps, surviving solo travel and staying safe on the road, “Travel Junkie: A Badass Guide to Solo Female Travel,” is an insider’s look at how to travel smart and beat the system. Practical travel tips are interspersed with uncensored, diary-style confessions straight from my private travel journals. From the wrestling rings of South America, to the genocide memorials of Rwanda, the gladiator training camps of Italy, to notorious maximum security prisons in Thailand, readers will be immersed in some of the most interesting places on the planet.
Julia has pushed the boundaries of the travel writing genre, backpacking solo through off-the-beaten path locations on a quest for unique stories and amazing adventures. And now for the next chapter…the biggest adventure of all. Parenthood. Mama of two munchkins aged 3 and 5, my thirst for exotic adventures hasn’t died just because I’m a mom. My goal is to continue exploring the world, now with my little travel junkies in-tow. But let’s be honest…between tantrums and time outs, traveling with a baby or toddler is not always easy. This site aims to empower other mamas with tips and tricks when traveling with their own young families. I hope to be an example of how life after children can still be filled with adventure in unexpected places.