Lost Girl of the Week: Julia DimonLost Girl of the Week, Websites and Blogs — By Lost Girls on February 26, 2010 at 11:01 am
My name is Julia Dimon and I’m a travel junkie. I’ve been around the world four times, to over 80 countries across six continents
I love going to off-the-beaten track places, from Colombia to Rwanda…the http://www.youtube.com/user/juliajdimon
more remote, the more intriguing. I’m eager to push beyond typical travel and uncover the strange, the cool, the taboo. I’m known as having a bit of an â€˜iron gut.’ I’ll pretty much eat anything: from deep fried scorpions, to boiled dog, to snake blood from a freshly killed cobra, to moriche worm (Check out this video of me eating the giant jungle slug
Learning about other people’s cultures and experiencing the lives of others, uncovering the on the ground reality of a particular place, busting cultural myths and stereotypes, being socially aware…these are my travel passions.
So how did my insatiable desire for travel start?
I guess my addiction started at an early age. My mom is a spa/travel guru (www.traveltowellness.com) and our family often traveled with her while she was on assignment. Visiting places like Venezuela, China, Costa Rica and Cuba spawned an early interest in exploring the world and learning about cultures different from my own. A life-changing learning experience, travel helped me understand the beauty of diversity….thanks mom!
Having wet my travel appetite, I craved more. In high school I went on a supervised, two-week trip to Italy. I was sixteen, impressionable, and thrilled to be living outside the watchful eye of my over-protective parents. It only took a few days of Renaissance art, chocolate gelato, and handsome Italian boys before I was officially hooked.
Since then, I worked as a professional travel writer and I’ve traveled….well, a lot. I spent 365 days straight backpacking all through Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Africa. Among my favorite spots are: Tanzania, Sri Lanka, Jordan, Slovenia, Chile, Colombia, Venezuela, Zambia, Mozambique, Malawi, Egypt and Morocco.
My goal is to empower others to follow their dreams and get out there and connect with other cultures. Like the Lost Girls, I’m living proof that YOU can do it! Keeping yourself safe and acting smart on the road is always a top priority, but my experience has shown me that it’s not a big, bad, scary world out there…that the benefits of experiential travel far outweigh the scary headlines and alarmist travel advisories.
Reach out to me at www.traveljunkiejulia.com<My site is full of tips, advice and experiences from around the world. Feel free to write me with your questions or your very own travel experiences.
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