Meet the Sages

James travel guide photoJames Ullrich

James Ullrich is a freelance travel writer, author and tour guide. His work has been published in several magazines including The New York Examiner, World War II, Aviation History, Renaissance, Global Aviator, Backpacker, This England, Writers Weekly, Travel Post Monthly, Travel Addict, and Military among others.The May/June ’14 issue of Business Jet Traveler for which James contributed an article won the 2014 Folio Award for Best Full Issue of a Travel or Transportation Consumer Magazine.

In his free time he enjoys wandering through Europe with a backpack and a journal. He  hangs his rucksack in Seattle. Info on his writing and tour guiding can be found on his website, www.jamesullrichbooks.com

Aami Gutman

Born and raised in Orange County, California, Aami Gutman's second passion in life (her first being spending time cuddling with her husband and 70-pound Portuguese Pointer) is to travel. She spends most of her days working as a financial auditor, so, needless to say, traveling is her way of fulfilling her cravings for adventure and excitement. She and her husband take every possible opportunity to travel, and have spent time in approximately 20 different countries. While she loves to travel around the world, being a TravelSage has allowed her to share her experiences and further appreciate the uniqueness of Los Angeles!

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Latest Post: Tobogganing in Switzerland

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Alina Jersey

Originally from the UK, Alina is a travel enthusiast who loves to share her travel stories on different blogs. Presently she working on behalf of ESTA Visa which provides a visa assistance to visit USA.

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Latest Post: Best Museums to Visit in Chicago

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Anna Pieper

Born in the Windy City, Anna moved to the Bay Area when she was eight and was forever charmed by cable cars, neon painted ladies (of the architectural variety), and the San Francisco Giants. She lived and traveled extensively throughout Europe before graduating from UC Berkeley with a degree in Legal Studies, which confuses people because Anna never plans to go to law school. Instead, Anna loves art, the outdoors, and documenting her adventures and the many interesting people she meets along the way. She also loves backpacking. In whatever moments she can spare, you’ll find Anna roughing it from Mexico to Canada along the Pacific Crest Trail—her goal is to see all 2,650 beautiful miles before she’s 30. Without dying in the desert.

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Latest Post: Hiking Arizona’s Iconic Wave: The Winter Survival Guide

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Barrie Cohen

Barrie Cohen was born and raised in small town Colts Neck, New Jersey but over the years has set her sights on greater adventures. After receiving Bachelor degrees in Creative Writing and Spanish from the University of North Carolina in Wilmington, she moved to Madrid, Spain to teach English. From an early age, Barrie has always had an incredible thirst and passion for travel. Her overwhelming desire to see the world has lead her to many destinations such as Costa Rica, Italy, France, Spain, and Israel. It is the opportunity to sample exotic foods, see famous historical cities, and embrace new cultures that fuels Barrie’s desire to travel the world. She has been published in the Greater Wilmington Business Journal and Wrightsville Beach Magazine.

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Latest Post: Rhythm of the Night

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Dave Dunn

Dave grew up on Nantucket Island, lived in the deserts of Arizona, and currently lives in New York City. So far, he’s traveled coast-to-coast across the United States six times, and has loved every second of it. In his free time, he rides motorcycles all over the country, exploring and learning about the communities he finds himself in. In addition to writing for TravelSages, he works on his personal travel blog and dabbles in screenwriting.

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Latest Post: Chasing Nostalgia at the Brooklyn Bike Park

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Dorine Chiossi

Dorine was born in Los Angeles, but being half European, spent part of her childhood in Italy, her other homeland. She earned a degree in Politics and Government from the University of Puget Sound. Dissatisfied after experimenting with the American Dream for nearly 10 years in Seattle, Dorine pulled up her roots and has been on wings ever since. Her travels have taken her from the Hollywood Hills to the Greek Isles, down the slopes of the Apennines and inside German bunkers. A self-proclaimed relocation expert, Dorine most recently makes her home in the UK after spending several years in Germany.

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Latest Post: Dine Out by Dining In: Authentic Italian Home Food in Monte Sacro

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Dustin Hayes

Dustin Cole Hayes left his home in Southern California in pursuit of new adventures in Portland and beyond. Graduating from Portland State University with Sociology and English degrees, he is now committed full time to his music, writing and art. He has traveled abroad to Europe and Mexico, and has driven several laps around the US as a touring musician. He continues to document his journeys through his blog.

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Latest Post: The Four People You Meet In Portland

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Elizabeth Kotar

Elizabeth (more casually known as Liza) is a home-body/traveler. She travels the West Coast constantly, and has been to many places in the U.S., Europe and the Middle East. She is currently "sage-ing" in Seattle, San Francisco and San Diego. An avid runner, writer, foodie and traveler, Liza loves to learn about the world around her and be taken by surprise. She also loves spending endless time with her eccentric and lovable Russian family. In her spare time, she busies herself with event planning and admiring other writers' work with a strong cup of coffee. Working towards a Bachelor's in Journalism, Liza is eager to show the world what she can do!

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Latest Post: Something New, Something Borrowed and Something that Smells Old

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Emily Thomas

Emily is a dreamer and a pursuer of those dreams, which is why she is excited to be working with TravelSages. It has always been one (among many other) of her dreams to wander, gallivant, explore, discover – and then write about it. Born and raised in the tranquil town of Fujairah, UAE, Emily has since encountered culture shock in her native homeland of India, spent years attempting to avoid frostbites in Michigan, frolicked on an exhilarating semester abroad in the UK, and hurtled through the beautiful insanity that is New York City unscathed. She recently graduated with an MA in Media Studies from The New School University and, after 10 years away, has found herself back home in UAE. Except, this time around, she is ready to delve into the big city life of Dubai and tell you about it.

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Latest Post: Living in Dubai: Around and About the BurJuman Neighbourhood

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Eric Nyberg

Born and raised in Chicago, Eric grew up bilingual because his mother only spoke Slovenian when he was young. He has traveled abroad numerous times for family and educational visits – thus far, through 23 states and 9 countries. He is a Sage for the cities and towns of Chicago, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., St. Augustine, London, Rome, Salzburg, Ljubljana, Kranj, Bled, Bohinj, and others. Eric graduated from the University of Illinois with a Journalism degree, and honed his writing skills further during law school. He now runs a blog about strange words and their origins. Eric’s great passion is music; he is a singer, pianist, guitarist, and amateur songwriter who feels happiest onstage.

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Latest Post: Climbing Insull’s Throne: Chicago’s Civic Opera House

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Sarah-Alexandra Teodorescu

Sarah-Alexandra was born in Romania, raised in New York, and after living in California for six years, probably still considers it home. Currently living in Norway, she thrives off of new experiences, exploring, meeting and connecting with people, continuously learning, and hopes to leave a positive imprint in her wake. She is an avid traveler, writer, photographer and yoga instructor. She lives for love, building and maintaining relationships, dilly-dallying in nature and art in all of its forms. She devours books, can spend hours caught in conversations, loves to photograph, especially abandoned places (and sneaking into them), and is a fiend for fashion and excellent food. She knows that every single one of us has something to teach and a story to tell.

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Latest Post: New Year’s Eve Northern Lights In Norway

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Hannah Hartsig

Hannah Hartsig is a Midwest girl through and through, nursing passions for barbecue, tailgating and Kansas State University. However, after spending a combined two years studying and teaching Art History in Italy, her heart had no choice but to make room for vespa rides, gelato and cobblestone streets. She was lucky enough to call Florence her home, indulge her obsession with Rome on a monthly basis, and explore the country with her partner-in-crime and fellow Sage, Meg Dillon. Meg and Hannah now co-write the blog Florence for Free, revealing secrets to experiencing la vita bella on an empty wallet.

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Latest Post: Learning Leather: The Scuola del Cuoio in Florence

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Jackie Koester

Adventura is Jackie’s second middle name. Originally a farm girl from the great state of Kansas, after traveling throughout Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama, and Ecuador, one could say she’s caught the Spanish influenza. Currently residing in Madrid working as an English Professor and taking clown classes at night, Jackie’s expertise in intellect remains to be heard, but her experience in travel is extremely diverse. Watch out Europe and Africa. Jackie plans to reverse colonize you. Jackie graduated with a BA in Theatre Peformance and a BA in Spanish from the University of Kansas. She's road tripped across half of the United States by herself to live in Washington D.C. and Chicago, where she worked for several theatres and casting agencies. In her spare time, Jackie's favorite thing to do is eat jamón (ham). #jamon

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Latest Post: 17 Ways to Entertain Yourself on a 17 Hour Bus Ride

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Jacob Lie

Jacob was born in Ridgewood, New Jersey, and moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts after turning a year old. He has spent ample time in Cambridge and Boston, as well as Burlington, Vermont, where he recently received his Bachelor of Arts in English and minor in jazz guitar performance. He started playing clarinet in order to proceed to soprano saxophone, and then picked up the guitar at age 12, which is where his heart has been ever since. He first left the country as a sophomore in high school, when a school program sent him to France and Italy. Since, he's visited ten different European countries, as well as China. He currently lives in Cambridge, where he continues to write, play music on his own and exercise whenever he can.

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Latest Post: Finding Beauty and Nostalgia in the Nation’s Oldest Park

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Jai Phoenix

A Southern belle with an edge, Jai often daydreams of where her next adventure will occur. From her hometown of Dallas, Texas, she has lived in California, Pittsburgh, Montreal and currently Washington, D.C. Although she’s been to numerous countries in Europe, she doesn’t restrict herself to a certain travel experience. With her background in International Affairs and foreign languages, moving forward in Marketing & Communications seemed the natural path to take. While traveling, her best advice is to “keep it simple and enjoy the journey!”

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Latest Post: Looking to Melt That Holiday Blubber? Try These Hot Spots.

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James Ullrich

James Ullrich is a freelance travel writer, author and tour guide. His work has been published in several magazines including The New York Examiner, World War II, Aviation History, Renaissance, Global Aviator, Backpacker, This England, Writers Weekly, Travel Post Monthly, Travel Addict, and Military among others. The May/June ’14 issue of Business Jet Traveler for which James contributed an article won the 2014 Folio Award for Best Full Issue of a Travel or Transportation Consumer Magazine. In his free time he enjoys wandering through Europe with a backpack and a journal. He has an MA in Psychology and hangs his rucksack in Seattle. Info on his articles, novels and tour guiding can be found on his website at www.jamesullrichbooks.com

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Latest Post: Dancing with Dubrovnik

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Jenise Silva

Jenise (writer/photog for the hunt guide book series) was born and bred in Swan, Indiana but has had the great fortune to visit every state and many foreign lands in the course of her work and play. You can usually find her aggressively pursuing her passions (food, travel, the arts + philanthropy) sometimes all at once in the beautiful PacNW or abroad.

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Latest Post: Dig for Clams, Drinks and Joy in Long Beach, Washington

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Jess Christenson

After 13 years of travel to over 30 countries, Jess admits it: She’s a Europhile. She’s settled in London after living in Chicago, Vienna, and Sydney. She’s thrilled to share more about the buzzing Shoreditch area of London, her new hometown. She’s also excited to revisit her faves in Europe and discover even more fabulous food, views, and people!

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Latest Post: How to Survive Cancelations of Olympic Proportions: #Sochi2014

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Julia Argentati-Johnston

Julia lived in the lilac village of Lombard, Illinois until she left for college. She moved to Chicago while attending DePaul University, and has stayed in the city since. She studied abroad in 2011 in Leuven, Belgium (the home of Stella Artois), worked in Brussels and traveled around Europe for the semester. She is always in the process of planning her next trip, but Chicago (and Portillo’s) will always hold a special place in her heart. Julia takes writing courses at Chicago’s iO Theater, tries to keep up with her Thrifty Scout blog, and freelances for College News, Paow Magazine, and Sensa Nostra.

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Latest Post: Rising Stars and Big Star in the Second City

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Katie Broyles

A New Orleans native, Katie Broyles is always happy to return home to the City that Care Forgot in between her many travels. She has visited over 25 countries (but feels that this isn’t nearly enough), has greatly improved her French at international volunteer camps, and is currently fanatical about Reykjavík, Iceland, and Vilnius, Lithuania. Her travel writing has previously appeared in Transitions Abroad Magazine.

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Latest Post: Have New Orleanians Discovered the Secret to Life?

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Keri Ann O'Riordan

Even though she was born and raised in the Boston area, Keri developed wanderlust on her first trip to Ireland at age two. She works as a public relations professional in the travel industry and she’s always dreaming of her next adventure. In her spare time she likes to run, take hot yoga classes, drink coffee, get lost in a great book, and support Boston sports teams, of course.

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Latest Post: Silvertone Bar & Grill: Perfecting the Art of Mac & Cheese

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Lara Christenson

Growing up in the cornfields of northwest Indiana, Lara’s family vacations never ventured outside of the Midwest. However, as an adult, she’s gotten to see the best of Europe with her mom, dad, brother, and mostly with her sister – London Sage, Jessica Christenson. Although she remains tethered to home as a resident of the heartland, living in Chicago and Indianapolis over the years, she is always planning the next European adventure in her head! As a sales superstar in the food industry, what she loves learning about when she travels is how food (or lack of it) helps define people, cultures, and nations.

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Latest Post: Stockholm Syndrome: #Sochi2014 Moments

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Lauren Fellure

Lauren has come a long way from her childhood in a farming village in Ohio – well, technically she only moved 6 hours away to Chicago. In the meantime, though, Lauren has pursued two graduate degrees, studied abroad at Oxford, worked for a summer in Hong Kong and traveled to various countries in between. The idea for TravelSages came to her as she and her mother were traveling throughout Greece in the summer of 2013. Since then, she and her Co-Founders have grown and improved the idea and put together a phenomenal team of writers, designers and developers. Her day job is in software, and she has a mildly unhealthy love of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. She even named her house-trained pet rabbit “Nightman” in honor of the show.

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Latest Post: 36 Hours Backcountry Camping in Death Valley

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Leah Miller

Leah Miller has been to four continents, 32 countries, 23 U.S. states, and is not going to count the cities. That would just be bragging. She is originally from Montgomery County, Maryland, just outside her nation’s capitol of Washington D.C. When Leah was living in Switzerland and later Colombia, she would convince people to visit Philadelphia, where she lived for five years and claims is the greatest city in America. Now Leah resides in Brooklyn, NY, where she is a Technical Public Health Writer by day and Travel Writer by night. The daughter of a stewardess, Leah was a born jetsetter. Since then, she has moved on from the fancy family vacations and prefers roughing it through unknown territory.

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Latest Post: Delectable Plates Served With a Wink and a Smile at Skytown

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Lilly Prince

Lilly Prince is a Santa Fe-based freelance writer and blogger, and former Bostonian. She is also a contributing editor to Club Business International magazine. Her hobbies include drinking entirely too much coffee, exploring new places, petting dogs and relishing New Mexico sunsets.

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Latest Post: Behind the Boston Hard Gaze: Are There Kind Eyes?

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Lona Sharma-Laughhunn

Lona Sharma-Laughhunn was born on the other side of the world in Assam, India, prior to her relocation to Ohio. Although she grew up as a Buckeye amongst cows and corn, she now resides in the foggy shadows of the Golden Gate Bridge, and has seen much of the country in between. During the week, she spends her 9-5 as the PEAK Program Manager for UCSF Health in the heart of San Francisco. During nights and weekends, she leaves the working world behind to paint, practice yoga, hike and travel. Visit her art website and blog at www.lonalaughhunnart.com

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Latest Post: How I Nearly Died in St. Croix

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Lynn Thibault

Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Lynn has been hooked on traveling and eating weird things ever since her first trip to Vietnam at the age of 16. She loves to discover new places, people and things to eat, both around the world and in Brooklyn, New York. Recently embarking on a year-long journey through South America, Europe and the Far East, she has been documenting her travels for friends and family, and looks forward to sharing her experiences as a Travel Sage! When she’s not traveling, she lives and works in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and three orchid plants.

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Latest Post: The New Yorker Paradox: What We’re Really Like

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Marissa DaSilva

Marissa DaSilva is a mixed media artist and photographer from Ozone Park, New York. She has a degree in Culinary Arts from the Institute of Culinary Education in New York City. When she’s not drenched in paint or whipping up magic in the kitchen, Marissa is hiking through the boroughs, photographing architectural beauties and pigeons, looking for stellar Mexican cuisine, and cracking inappropriate jokes. She lives and plays in Kew Gardens, Queens.

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Latest Post: A Hidden Little Lounge of Crafty Cocktails, Live Music and Entertainment

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Matt Anderson

As an employee for a world-class airline, Matt is able to travel the world via free standby flights. Originally from Wisconsin, Matt now lives in the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago and loves the Green Bay Packers. He's TravelSages' expert on how to navigate the top experiences a city has to offer in a limited time, on a limited budget.

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Latest Post: 48 Hours in Cayman Islands | Top 5 Recommendations

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Maya Shany

Maya grew up in Orange County, CA, and completed her MA in Hotel and Tourism Management at Ben Gurion University in Israel. She has traveled throughout her entire life, and loved meeting other kids at British Airways' lounges for unaccompanied minors traveling alone. The world has become her playground, and she likes to focus on food and customer service in the tourism industry. She has always wanted to be a secret shopper, and is looking forward to sharing her experiences of Europe and Israel.

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Latest Post: A Saturday Stroll Through Neve Tzedek Includes a Love Story

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Meg Dillon

Meg Dillon is a copywriter and travel junkie. While marketing and advertising pay the bills, she prefers her adventures living abroad in Tuscany to any office cubicle. That's why she founded the blog "Florence for Free" with fellow Sage Hannah Hartsig. Together they provide fellow travelers with free walks and workarounds for rich Italian adventures. Meg has a B.A. in History from Boston College and an M.A. in Art History from Syracuse University. She's happy to have this gig so she can answer the question, "What are you going to do with those degrees?"

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Latest Post: Exploring an Open-Air Museum: Getting Around Florence

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Michelle Kwan

Michelle Kwan has been a restaurant and hotel writer for Gayot, an internationally- recognized restaurant, wine, travel and lifestyle publication, since 2007. She also contributes regularly to the Gayot blog, which features cultural, fashion, wine and dining industry events. She is based in New York City.

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Latest Post: Connecticut’s Claim to Culinary Fame: A Taste of New England at The Saybrook Point Inn and Spa

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Mira Krivoshey

Mira is a recent Chicago transplant originally from Columbus, Ohio. She's traveled extensively around the United States, Caribbean and Europe, with dips in Israel and Istanbul. She loves to immerse herself in different cultures and experience new adventures. Mira chronicles her home crafting and renovating adventures at ZahavaMira.com, and her cultural explorations at TravelSages.com.

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Latest Post: How to Look Chic and Be Cheap: Consignment Shopping in Chicagoland

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Monica Kozaczka

Monica Kozaczka is a human resources professional with a strong sense of wanderlust that has led her to travel as often as possible. She loves to find unique delights off the beaten path, and her favorite part of traveling is experiencing the culture - especially the cuisine - and learning the language. Her love of writing and photography has led her to share her experiences with others in the hope of inspiring them to do the same.

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Latest Post: Warsaw Wonderland: An Extraordinary Hostel in Poland’s Capital

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Nicholas C. Herron

Originally from Southern California, Nicholas C. Herron is a writer on the go who has traveled and worked widely throughout the world and spent time in Europe, South America, and the Middle East.

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Latest Post: Discover the Beauty of Your Inner Hipster At Little Skips

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Nicole Priest

Nicole Priest is a Los Angeles-based lifestyle and fine arts photographer from Orange County, California. She has an undergraduate degree in Technical and Professional Writing from the University of South Florida. When she’s not writing about herself in third person, Nicole is jet-setting the world taking photos in random countries, running marathons, listening to live music (one of the main reasons for living in Los Angeles) and making homemade ravioli. She lives in West Hollywood with her two fat cats.

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Latest Post: Trendy Fashion For a Fraction of the Price

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Paige Anderson

Paige has been traveling around for a few years now, though she's been sticking primarily to the Iberian Peninsula and the West Coast of the States. She grew up outside of Seattle and went to school in the city, so for now, that’s home.

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Latest Post: Mind the Medina: Tips and Tricks for the Labyrinth of Fes

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Paris Kim

Paris is a native to the San Francisco Bay Area, having grown up in the East Bay suburb of Concord. A graduate from the University of San Francisco, she enjoys the time she spends working in and exploring a city that Norman Mailer once proclaimed "is a lady." With a degree in creative writing, she writes short stories and nonfiction inspired by San Francisco. Paris has contributed to The Believer, the SF Foghorn, and writes from her own blog Paris Kim is a Writer.

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Latest Post: Armistead Maupin and His Tales: San Francisco’s Original Travel Sage

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Rachel Alexander

Born in Boston and raised in Chicago, Rachel Alexander is a freelance writer, linguist and ceramicist. A graduate from Loyola University and two-time recipient of the State Department’s Critical Language Scholarship, she loves to travel as much as she loves to enjoy the spoils of the city that nurtured her. Before returning home to Chicago, Rachel scoured India and the Far East in search of rare and precious experiences. What she discovered was a passion for languages and a mysterious ability to speak Hindi. Along with writing for TravelSages, Rachel writes articles on religion and culture for Demand Media Studios.

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Latest Post: If You See Something, Say Something: Booze Cruisin’ on the Metra

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Rachel Tesler

Rachel Tesler graduated from Boston University with a B.S. in Film & Television and a B.A. in International Relations. She has lived in London, Jerusalem and Boston, and has traveled to many other countries. When traveling anywhere for the first time, Rachel loves to chat with locals about their recommendations and then chart out trips on a map. “My favorite part of visiting anywhere new is the people. They become part of the landscape and you can tell a lot about a city by the people that live in it,” she says. In her spare time, she enjoys doing community service, playing her banjo and painting. While she admits to having serious wanderlust, she currently lives in Boston and works as a freelance writer and teacher.

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Latest Post: Tube Travels: An Exploration of London Transportation

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Rachelle Toarmino

Rachelle is a writer from Buffalo, NY. After receiving her B.A. in English Literature from the University at Buffalo in 2012, she spent a couple years living in Spain, first in Madrid for two years and then in Granada for a third. While abroad, she visited more than a dozen countries, from France to Finland to Morocco to Turkey. Besides her work for Travel Sages, her writing has appeared in small poetry presses and local publications in her hometown. She currently lives in Buffalo and works at the neighborhood bookshop, Talking Leaves...Books.

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Rebekah Mahru

Rebekah Mahru was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. While she still resides in her home town, she has also lived for extended periods of time in Madrid, Braunschweig, Germany and Santa Fe, Argentina. When not traveling, she is studying to become a sommelier. Rebekah is a lover of all things food and wine and the ever-encompassing culture that is associated with it. She is extremely humbled and excited to be a part of TravelSages and cannot wait to share her stories with all of you!

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Latest Post: Top Ten Global New Year’s Traditions

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Rick Wolchuk

Born in Park Ridge, Illinois. Rick has lived in the Chicago area for much of his life. In his early twenties, determined to see the world, he set out to backpack clockwise around the Mediterranean Sea. By working several part-time jobs including construction, he saved his money and started off on a journey that would begin in Greece and, months later, end in Morocco. This journey left him with an insatiable travel bug that sent him to far flung countries of the world. Whether it is a home stay with a family in Russia, teaching English in Japan or visiting friends in Ecuador, Rick has come to see travel as a learning experience. Today, as the father of two small children, Rick does not travel as much but aspires to post some of his travel musings on Travelsages.com with the hopes of sharing some travel wisdom that he has experienced. He works as a web and mobile app designer in the north suburbs of Chicago.

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Latest Post: The Smallest and Oldest Pubs in England

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Savannah Hamilton

Hi, I’m Savannah - an Ohio native, who not long ago left my tiny farming village in rural Ohio to the sunny sandy beaches of Southern California. Recent transplant back to the Midwest, but that hasn’t stopped me from exploring the world. I’ve traveled to 18 countries in the past 5 years and knocked some major adventures off my bucket list. Many of times with my four-legged side-kick/travel companion Bentley. You’re never too old, you’ll always be too busy, and the timing will never be just right. My hopes are to inspire people to never be afraid to follow their passion, never settle for anything less than extraordinary, and live the life you love and have always dreamed about.

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Latest Post: What to Do in Athens, Greece in Three Days

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Stephanie Andrews

Originally from the quaint beach town of Fenwick Island, Delaware, Stephanie Andrews has called Chicago home for over six years. When she’s not writing, Stephanie is also a stuntwoman and circus performer. From flying trapeze to video game stunts, she is thankful that Chicago offers her the ability to live such an exciting life. However, she also enjoys the cozy coffee shops, exotic foods, and rousing nightlife that makes Chicago that toddlin’ town. Stephanie has been a professional writer for over six years, producing everything from neurological research articles to features for two trade magazines. You can find her published works in Modern Metals, FFJournal, and Realcity Online. Stephanie is looking forward to sharing her favorite Chicago haunts with both adventurous locals and curious travelers.

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Latest Post: The Cold Hands and Warm Hearts of Chicago

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Tom Koines

Tom has worked in the corporate travel industry for nearly three years. His current position is 100% travel. He goes from city to city coordinating business meetings and incentive trips for Fortune 500 companies. He’s spent over a month in Buenos Aires, Bora Bora, Queenstown, Grand Cayman and Marrakech. He was born and raised in St. Louis, MO, but recently accepted a job offer that will relocate him to Southern California. Travel has taught him a lot about other people, but even more about himself. Mark Twain said it best: “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.”

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