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Marielene Smith, Founder Epic7Travel.com
Melissa: Welcome to another episode of Travel Chicks, where we help you find your flow and say YES let’s go!
Today’s guest, I am so excited to have — I found her on Instagram … big surprise! Before we begin, I have to say, all of the photos that I’ve been following from you, Marielena, all the photos on your Instagram are absolutely incredible. I don’t know what kind of camera you use, or who is taking these photos, but I give you huge props.
So, let’s get started. How about you introduce who the heck you are and what you’re up to in the world.
Marielena: Yes, I am Marielena Smith. I am the founder of Epic 7 Travel, and I do adventure travel photography on all seven continents along with underwater, aerial, landscape and wildlife, along with my husband, he does a lot of our underwater and aerial as well.
Melissa: Wow, OK so that makes sense … why you have these incredible photos. So every single one of these photos has been taken on your trips?
Marielena: Yes. None of the photos on Instagram are stock. Those are all from trips that we have taken.
Melissa: Oh my goodness … so I’ve got to ask you, what inspires you to travel? You probably have a story … when was that first trip that you took and what inspires you to travel?
Marielena: It’s kind of a multi-factorial for me. I grew up with two parents who worked for the airlines. So I had a passport at six months old and became very comfortable on planes. I can now sleep in any moving vehicle — whether that be car, train, plane — very easily.
So that’s what first inspired my love of travel. And then in college I studied abroad in Sydney, Australia, and down there I met people for the first time who introduced me to the idea of kind of gap years.
I’d never heard of that, it’s not something I was familiar with in the US. And so I met people who were doing round-the-world trips for a year as part of their gap year, and I…