Who are you?
I’m Ali, an American who has been living in Amsterdam for the past 10 years (it still feels insane to say that!) I travel, write, eat, and have a real passion for digital marketing. I regularly contribute to several travel publications around the web, and recently wrote the Amsterdam volume of The Hunt Guide. Amsterdam & Beyond is a travel diary and my own personal creative outlet. While I’m an encyclopedia of fun things to do and see in Amsterdam, also I regularly jet-set around Europe and am always looking to fuel my curiosity for new cultures and experiences. I hope to inspire others who are looking to discover something new, whether it’s in their own back yard or on a different continent.How can I reach you?
If you’d like to get in touch with a friendly hello or a partnership inquiry, you can write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’m also an avid user of Pinterest and Instagram if you’d like to follow along or ask a question there!Do you disclose freebies?
Sometimes I get invited on a press trip, to an event, or a gifted 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, Raddison Blu, and Come to Hamburg, as these travel brands 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 in the USA. 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. It was a huge eye opener to how life, even at a measly 200 miles apart, can differ greatly. I loved the opportunity to meet new people, find a new routine, and understand a different kind of living. Although I was young at the time, this move definitely fueled my passion for adventure and the new. 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 degree in England. After a two year stint in the UK, I moved to Amsterdam where I have been for more than ten years now. Ik spreek een beetje nederlands en heb onlangs een appartement gekocht in de historische grachten van de stad! (Englaish: I speak a little bit of Dutch, and recently bought an apartment in the city’s historic canals!). 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 is completely my own, and for that reason I love it. While I don’t update Amsterdam & 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 & Beyond is a diary that I hope to look back on and truly cherish someday.
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