Who are you?
I’m Ali, the gal behind Amsterdam and Beyond. I travel, write, eat, and have a real passion for marketing. I regularly contribute to several travel publications around the web, and recently wrote the Amsterdam volume of The Hunt Guide. While I’m an encyclopedia of fun things to do an see in Amsterdam, I regularly jet-set around Europe, and so Amsterdam and Beyond is a compilation personal travel-tales and great Amsterdam attractions.
How can I reach you?
If you’d like to get in touch with a partnership inquiry, you can write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’m also an avid user of Pinterest, Instagram, and Twitter if you’d like to follow along or ask a question there.
Do you disclose freebies?
Sometimes I get invited to a launch, or gifted a product. If this is the case, I will always tell you so in the blog post. Most of the time, I decline to work with brands. It’s hard to find just the right fit, and I want to keep the content here authentic. However, I have worked with a few brands in the past, such as KLM and Raddison Blu, that have a similar creative vision and allow me to share content I think you (my readers) will truly find of interest. I will always disclose a freebie, and I will always make sure it’s the best fit before sharing it here on the blog.
Where are you from?
I grew up just outside of Boston. When I was twelve, my parents moved to a seaside town in Maine, and (luckily!) decided to take me with them :) I loved meeting new people and discovering the contrast between city life and country living. When I graduated from high school, I went to college four hours away from home in Vermont, and when I graduated from college, I moved even further abroad to get my Master’s in England. After a two year stint in England, I moved to Amsterdam where I have been for more than seven years now. Ik spreek Nederlands en kocht een huis in het centrum.! The ‘where are you from’ question is hard, as I’ve left so many pieces of my heart in so many places around the world. Right now, the answer is Amsterdam, but five years from now, I hope the answer is very different but equally exciting!
Is blogging your job?
No, blogging is not my job. I work at an online travel agency called Booking.com, where I manage marketing and creative. I also regularly contribute to online travel publications, in addition to sometimes taking on a bigger writing or photography project here or there. I’m one of those people who rarely sleeps, and I thrive on throwing myself into my work, which also just so happens to be my passion. Blogging is the one creative outlet I have that I can control, and for that reason I love it. While I don’t update Amsterdam and Beyond as frequently as I would like, it gives me a space to be 100% authentically me, which is welcome after dedicating so much time and creative effort into the vision of others. And, Amsterdam and Beyond is a diary that I hope to look back on and truly cherish someday.
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