Hi, I’m Stephanie Be.  A California girl and UCLA Alumna, I traded corporate America for a gap year and never stopped! 42 countries later…

the world is my office

TravelBreak serves two objectives:

  • To inspire you to step out of your comfort zone… literally and figuratively. As Mark Twain said “travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness.”  Travel is not just about the places we visit, but the people we meet and the person we become.
  • To make dreams into goals. Find tips on taking the adventure you’ve always desired or take the leap as an entrepreneur.
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  • Los Angeles and San Diego native; studied abroad in Rio + Barcelona.
  • Bought a one-way ticket to expat life in Sydney.
  • Took a gap year to work remote + travel (not as a blogger).
  • Spent 11 months fully nomadic, living out of a carry-on … up to 7 flights per week!
  • Traveled solo through South America, Asia, Middle East, America and more.
  • Lived in Manhattan, New York and now based back in Los Angeles 🙂
  • First-Generation American. Read: Why I Waited to Discuss a Part of My Identity Online

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  • Launched BUENA: the only app you need to start your weekend
  • Builds websites (like this one)
  • UCLA | B.A. Sociology, Global Studies
  • 7 Years Marketing; 4 Years Free-Lance
  • Contributing Writer: Huffington Post, Elite Daily, Thought Catalog
  • Community of 250k subscribers in 18 months of blogging
  • Speaker on Digital Marketing: NYU, UCLA, Social Media Week Miami, Women in Travel Summit, & World Tourism Forum
  • Winner of the 2015 International Blogger Competition #ShareIstria
  • Advisor: Visit California (State of California) Board of Tourism on Digital Marketing


  • Jet Plane Laser Tag, Las Vegas  •  Shark-Diving, Sydney
  • Living with Zebras,  Royal Livingstone & Microlighting over Victoria Falls, Zambia
  • Wildebeest Migration, Four Seasons Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
  • Hang-Gliding, Rio •  Running with the Bulls, Pamplona
  • Rock-Climbing, Dolomites •  Holding an Anaconda, Amazon
  • Staying in a 7 Star Hotel, Abu Dhabi •  Skydiving, California
  • Crater-Rapelling, Israel •  Helicopter Ride, Guatemala
  • Bungee Jumping, New Zealand •  Playing with Elephants, Thailand
  • Zip-lining Upside-Down, Dominican Republic
  • Sunrise Over Angkor Wat, Cambodia •  Road-Tripping Ireland
  • Scuba Diving, The Great Barrier Reef  •  Camping the Grand Canyon
  • The Wave, Arizona •  Junkanoo Carnival, The Bahamas • Hot Air Ballon Turkey
  • Road Tripping LA to Vancouver (Entire USA West Coast)
  • My Top 25 World Travel Experiences at 25 (photos)
  • My Top 25 USA + Mexico Travel Experiences at 25 (photos)


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  • Alberta (Calgary and Banff)
  • B.C. (Vancouver, Whistler)
  • Quebec (Montreal)
  • Nova Scotia (Halifax, Cape Breton)
  • Belgium (Konkke)
  • Croatia (Dubrovnik, Hvar, Korcula, Krka National Park, Makaska, Natural Bay, Plitvice Lakes, Pula, Red Island, Rovinj, Split, Umag, Vis)
  • Cyprus (Limassol, Pissouri Bay)
  • Czech Republic (Prague)
  • Denmark (Aarhus, Copenhagen, Christiana)
  • France (Cassis, Marseilles, Paris)
  • Germany (Berlin, Cologne, Munich)
  • Hungary (Budapest, Visegard)
  • Ireland ( Blarney’s Castle, Cliffs of Moher, Dublin, Giant’s Causeway)
  • Italy (Amalfi Coast, Bologna, Cortona, Florence, Pisa, Portofino,  Santa Margarita,  South Tyrol – Dolomites, Venice, Rapallo, Rome, Tuscany, Pompei, Naples, )
  • Romania (Bucharest)
  • Serbia (Belgrade)
  • Slovenia (Lake Bled, Ljubana)
  • Spain (Barcelona, Costa Brava, Ibiza, Madrid, Pamplona, San Sebastian, Segovia, Sevilla)
  • United Kingdom (London)
  • Vatican City

Australia (12 Apostles, Airlie Beach, Byron Bay, Cairns, Canberra, Fraser Island, Great Ocean Road, Melbourne, Nimblin, Sydney, Surfer’s Paradise, Whitsunday Islands)

New Zealand (Queenstown, Christchurch)

Botswana (Chobe National Park)


Tanzania (Serengeti National Park, Zanzibar)

Zambia (Livingstone, Victoria Falls)

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  1. vivian(male) February 27, 2016 at 12:53 pm - Reply

    this website transforming me a lot is doing more than mentor to me. thank you be and your team

    • Stephanie Be March 21, 2016 at 5:15 pm - Reply

      Thanks for reading!

      • prasanna September 1, 2017 at 12:08 am - Reply

        can we travel with u we love travelling and photography

  2. Mohammad Reza May 9, 2016 at 10:33 am - Reply

    I really admire you and you method of thinking. Lt’s humanitarian and worthy. Tnx 4 Ur info’s and sharing us in your unique experiences

  3. Sam October 4, 2016 at 3:52 pm - Reply

    You have opened so many ideas for me on finding delight in travel without need for anyone. Thank you Sephanie.

  4. Ian Robinson November 20, 2016 at 8:10 pm - Reply

    Stephanie, you would make a great guest on the Love Affair Travel podcast. If you’re interested in sharing your story with our audience, I’d love to set up an hour with you to do a skype call. 😀 No pressure if you don’t feel like it’s a good fit, but the invitation is always open.

  5. Charles McCool December 27, 2016 at 4:23 pm - Reply

    Vivid images, compelling content, clean layout. I have been following your various social media channels for some time but this is my first website visit (I think). Awesome work, Stephanie. May 2017 present you with countless enjoyable and memorable experiences.

  6. scott April 4, 2018 at 5:47 pm - Reply

    i’m embarrassed to leave you a message. maybe you are trying to get attention. with that said, you are definitely a beautiful woman.
    I would love to hang out with sharks.
    I would love to hang out with
    i have definite experience diving with sharks and i don’t think you have that and maybe you do.
    i think in today’s world that you are considered an attractive woman and that’s all that cares
    maybe you would be better off in a normal world. I’m thinking of going off in the ocean.

    leaving my name and email address is like making fun of me in my world. I have looked up to this woman my whole life. The fact that maybe she is having a mid life crisis mode makes me sad.

  7. scott April 4, 2018 at 5:55 pm - Reply

    you are greatly attractive. plus, the things you do and accomplice are incredible. i love the fact that you do things that make me cringe and adore. plus, you do things that make people feel alive.

  8. scott April 4, 2018 at 6:03 pm - Reply

    Stephanie, blah blah blah…………..Take care of yourself!!!!! lol!!!! People are counting on you to be there!!! I have done the same of hanging out with sharks, but people rely and count on you!!! I guess I won’t be talking or anything around you, but you are definitely are positive an inspiration. I’m just sorry I’m not there to be there for it. I would love to take you out and do this crazy great things, but I am probably a dime a dozen. I wish you the best.

  9. Oliver Sanders August 19, 2018 at 9:17 am - Reply

    I am an aspiring travel writer who is starting off in the planning and information gathering phase. I have some journalism and extensive travel experience here in the USA. I am interested in your expertise on how to get started and how to do it. Currently reading a lot of books on how to start and operate my own travel writing business, but nothing replaces the wisdom of an experienced mentor as yourself. Please respond back to me with your guidance.

    • Stephanie Be August 26, 2018 at 12:40 pm - Reply

      Hi Oliver,
      I think you need to scope our your goals; travel writing as a standalone skill does not provide much financial stability. You could check out being a journalist for a magazine that would include some travel writing, or run a small multi-media business like I did with TravelBreak — however that’s much more to do than just travel writing. I have a blog post about work & travel, check it out and it may help!

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