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Dominican Abroad is a digital media platform and provider of immersive travel services.
On the digital side, that’s blog posts/articles, videos, and photography, related to travel, culture, and lifestyle. Our content includes how-to travel guides, sustainable/wellness lifestyle tips, and cultural insights through the lens of a multicultural and trilingual Dominican-American from NYC.
The travel services provided include trips to Cuba and the Dominican Republic, including a special Heritage Tour to the Dominican Republic that was featured in the New York Times and Oprah Magazine. We are specifically interested in leading tourism business sustainably and into the hands of local small business owners!
Interested in working with Dominican Abroad? Email: email@example.com
Gerry Isabelle is award winning Bronx Dominican-American travel writer & photographer with degrees in: Global Political Economics and International Business. She is passionate and curious about all things: travel, culture, sustainability & wellness lifestyle.
In 2017, Gerry independently reconnected with her ancestral roots in the Dominican Republic. After seeing a dissonance in local tourism, she decided to merge her passion of travel writing, cultural anthropology and history education by offering tours and travel services in collaboration with local businesses. Gerry also provides tours/travel services in Cuba in collaboration with local Cuban entrepreneurs after having studied at the University of Havana.
Gerry Isabelle’s work has been featured in the New York Times, Oprah Magazine, Entrepreneur Magazine, Forbes Magazine, Havana Times, Bustle, Hip Latina, Huffington Post and much more.
On hot summer days, my neighbors would break open the fire hydrant on my street to unleash torrents of ice cold water into the air. Families and friends often gathered around in picnic chairs, while chicken sizzled on grills and bachata echoed throughout our block. My brother and I, with our noses stuck against the window of our fifth-floor apartment, would watch as we listened to the muffled rain of laughter from the children playing by the water. Small droplets would often splash against our window as if to tease us. “Why can’t we go downstairs and play with our friends?” we would demand of our mother, a woman who never budged from her strict Dominican household rules. “Hanging outside on the streets is for drug dealers and hoodlums!” she would fire back in Spanish.
Perhaps it was the very adversity of my limitations that drove me to want to uninhibitedly explore the world. Or maybe it was because I grew up in a unique neighborhood within a special city that made me appreciate the differences between other places. Although I was born and raised in the U.S., I didn’t learn English until elementary school. I grew up in a Dominican diaspora community located in The Bronx, New York. These types of communities and cultural hybrids are not as uncommon as you may think. What is uncommon is being able to achieve prosperity and mobility from within them. But nevertheless, these sorts of environments almost always cultivate a special hunger and appreciation to discover the rest of the world.
While studying in Spain at 19 years old, I noticed how different my travel experiences, as a multi-cultural/ethic American Latina, was to those of my non-immigrant less diverse friends. Multicultural travelers, I realized, often have a multi-layered way of processing cross-cultural interactions and adapting to different cultural environments. Realizing this unique contrast, in 2015, decided to share my multicultural perspective on unique places and experiences.
Since then, I’ve traveled to over 45 different countries and studied abroad in four countries (Argentina, Cuba, Spain and France). Today I work remotely around the world with a base in Brooklyn, New York.