About Julia Dimon
Julia Dimon is a hard-core adventuress, a travel journalist, and TV travel personality who has traveled around the world across all seven continents, to over 80 countries.
She is the co-host of Word Travels, a 40-episode TV series about the real lives of travel writers, broadcast worldwide on National Geographic Adventure, Travel Channel UK in over 100 countries and 21 languages. Julia co-developed, co-wrote, and co-produced this show that was nominated for a Best Documentary Series Gemini Award. After a three-year stint with Word Travels, Julia hosted the popular online 18-part travel series, Destination Getaway, for MSNBC. Then she spent four years as a co-host for the active lifestyle morning show “Outside Today,” broadcast on Outside Television network.
Julia has been featured as a travel expert by CNN, ABC Nightline, New York Times, Conde Nast Traveller, Travel & Leisure, Forbes Traveler, MSNBC, E! News, Outside Magazine, Chicago Tribune, Budget Travel among others as well as other major media outlets. She is the 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). 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.
An active member of the travel community, Julia has a strong online following, from social media (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram) to a popular blog www.traveljunkiejulia.com that shares expert travel advice, stories from exotic destinations and budget travel tips.
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.
Julia has traveled to over 80 countries, in conflict zones across six continents. 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, 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, 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, snacked on local delicacies such as silk worm, goat brain, six-inch scorpions, snake blood and severed human toe.
Julia is the author of a new book called “Travel Junkie: A Badass Guide to Solo Female Travel,” featuring 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 Julia’s 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.
This fearless female traveler 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. For more on Julia Dimon visit: www.traveljunkiejulia.com
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