Frequently Asked Questions

The Basics

Why travel?

As a child, I always dreamed of far off lands and bucket list-type adventures, but they stayed stories in books or movies until I went to college and had the opportunity to go to Russia for university. From that point on, I made it my life's mission to see every possible sight I could. I mix my personal style of mainstream and off-the-beaten-path travel with popular locales and hidden gems. In 2009, I married my now husband and gained a +1 on my travels. In 2011, we had our daughter and now I have a +2 everywhere we go. We also often bring a friend or family member or two as we experience the world in our unique way. I focus on history and culture, photography and food, and once-in-a-lifetime adventures. Geek Girl Travel is my opportunity to show you the world through my eyes.

Why photography?

I was given my first camera at 5 years old during my first trip (of many) to Walt Disney World. My grandmother tells stories of my photographs coming out leagues better than her photographs. But, really, that was the spark of something truly special: my love of documenting and memorializing. Being able to create a snapshot of a memory, a moment in time, is something I never want to take for granted. During high school, I learned to develop my own film and spent as much time in the dark room as possible. Over the years, the equipment I use has changed but my passion stays the same. I've dabbled in portrait, lifestyle, sports, and now landscape and astrophotography. I am always excited to learn something new and push the boundaries of my own creativity and skills. Geek Girl Travel lets me share that with more than just me -- and that's scary and amazing and exciting.

Why fashion?

Fashion has always been my first passion. I absolutely love expressing myself through my clothing. I also love studying fashion of other cultures (especially while traveling). While packing, people generally use the "form vs function" debate. To me, though, there is more to it than that. You can pack efficiently and still represent who you are through your sense of fashion. I want to use this platform to help people do just that, as well as share my secrets to creating versatile looks while still having room for souvenirs. I also want to showcase fashion from my travels, tell you the best place to grab something local (as a souvenir, but also as a usable closet staple), and share more than just food and beautiful sights (which I love) -- delve into the culture. And, let's be real, I'm a green-haired, tattooed, sea witch and geek who stands out most places I go. My unique sense of style is definitely a factor when I travel and will be showcased here.

Why food?

Food has always played an important part in my life. Conversations around the dinner table, Saturday family dinner, Sunday breakfast -- it is a huge part of who I am. I grew up in a family that greatly valued celebrating life, successes, our own history and that of different cultures through cuisine. I fondly remember my Nanny going through phases where we'd only eat one type of cuisine -- her French phase, Chinese phase. Or my mom perfecting the perfect bite from each part of the world. When I travel, I search for that perfect bite, too. On top of that, my husband is an accomplished cook so, collectively, the foodie is strong with us. I am also diagnosed with lupus and Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, which means traveling and eating can be challenging. If you're a lupie like me, on a strict AIP diet, have other dietary concerns related to thyroid issues, I'll post my food hacks, favorite places to eat, snacks I travel with and more!

Why Geek Girl Travel?

I'm not your typical travel blogger. I'm traveling with my family, including my young daughter who has been able to see so much of the world already. So many people ask me how we do it? How do we travel the world and hike glaciers, dogsled, dive into 25 feet deep springs, climb up ruins, search for hidden waterfalls in the rain forest... all while with a kiddo, all while dealing with a chronic illness? This is where I share those tips and tricks. Additionally, as someone who is history and food obsessed, as well as a photographer, you'll get to see the world through these geeky eyes. I'm looking for beautiful locales, hidden gems, delicious bites, and amazing people.


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Personal

How old are you?
I was born when National Lampoon’s Vacation debuted. Get to Googling!
Is travel your full-time job?

No, it’s not. It’s my full-time passion, though. I’m a sales, marketing and business development executive for a pop culture collectibles company.

How do you keep your hair so vibrant while traveling?

Truth be told, I don’t really wet wash my hair very often, so it stays really vibrant. That being said, when I need to wet wash my hair, I use oVertone, a color depositing conditioner. I have a blog about this you should definitely check out.

Where do you get your hair done?

Kenya Rynea (@kenya_rynea_phd) has been my longest hair professional relationship. She was the first person to ever dye my hair and truly, I absolutely adore her. She is a wizard and if you are in Houston, definitely look her up.

Currently, Danielle D’Allesio (@geeksgetglam) at Urban Hair Studio in Austin, TX is managing my vivid green. It’s a spellbinding mixture of Pulp Riot greens and Pravana and sorcery.

What was your first international trip?

I grew up fairly poor, so international travel really wasn’t in the cards. At least not with my family. My very first international trip was with Civil Air Patrol, a program I joined in high school. When I was 15, we took a trip to Canada as part of a cadet exchange program. I’m from New York City, so we didn’t travel a long distance but this trip just cemented my love of travel. It fueled my wanderlust. One day, ask me about my white jeans, though.

How often do you travel?

Since I have a full-time job that isn’t running this website, my social media or just traveling, I probably don’t travel as much as I’d like or as much as you think I do. I still have a child in school (and as of 2022, a husband in school), so my travel is a bit limited to that schedule. That being said, we typically try to travel during spring break, summer break and winter break at least, plus as many extended weekend trips as we can build into our schedule.

Where are you from?

New York. Not the answer you were expecting?

America. Also not the answer you were expecting?

Generally, people actually mean what race am I? Or what ethnicity? I am half Indonesian, half white (Irish). My biodad was born in Indonesia. My biomom was born in Brooklyn. I was born on Long Island, NY, USA.

Where do you shop?

For clothing, Elhoffer Design, Foxblood and Coquetry Clothing are my favorite shops. They are women owned and run which matters a lot to me. They are also either handmade or small batch manufactured here in the US. Also very important to me.

For shoes, I love my Demonia and Irregular Choice shoes of all shapes and sizes. My Teva sandalsΒ are a game changer for travel. I wear them on the plane, hiking, to the beach, everywhere. You’ll also find me in platform Crocs, as well.

For jewelry, I mainly shop with Foxtrot ATX, Lucky Roadrunner Silver, Kettle Black, as well as whatever antique estate beauties I can get my hand on.