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Dominican Abroad is a digital media platform and provider of cultural heritage trips and wellness retreats abroad.
On the digital side, that’s blog posts/articles, videos, and photography, related to travel, culture, and lifestyle. The articles include how-to travel guides, cultural insights, and sustainable/wellness lifestyle tips through the lens of a multicultural New Yorker.
Our trips and experiences take place in New York City, Cuba, and the Dominican Republic, including the popular Heritage Tour to the Dominican Republic which has been featured in the New York Times and Oprah Magazine.
Gerry Isabelle is an award winning Bronx Dominican-American travel writer and photographer with degrees in: Global Political Economics, International Trade, and International Business. After working in corporate law, she went on to pursue her passion for world travel, culture & natural lifestyle by creating this digital platform and founding a global nonprofit project for the arts, travel, and culture.
In 2017, Gerry solo traveled and independently reconnected with her ancestral roots in the Dominican Republic. There, she decided to merge her love of travel writing, cultural anthropology and history education by organizing educational and culturally immersive trips in collaboration with local small businesses. Gerry also curates educational trips to Cuba (in support of the Cuban people) after having studied at the University of Havana.
Gerry Isabelle’s work has been published/featured in the New York Times, Oprah Magazine, Entrepreneur Magazine, Forbes Magazine, Havana Times, Bustle, Hip Latina, Huffington Post and much more.
Past business partnerships/brand collaborations include: Expedia, Walgreens, HP, Visit Philly, Health Ade, Florida Paradise Coast, Incredible India, Visit Nepal, and much more!
We are specifically interested in (1) inspiring culturally immersive travel, (2) supporting cultural heritage preservation, (3) reconnecting to nature and the outdoors, (4) promoting natural and wellness lifestyle, and (5) sustainable travel in collaboration with local small business!
Perhaps it was growing up in the Bronx that drove me to want to uninhibitedly explore the world. Or maybe it was because I was born and raised in a unique neighborhood, a Dominican diaspora community, within an especially diverse American city that cultivated a special appreciation for global culture and world travel.
While studying in Spain at 19 years old, I realized how different my travel experiences, as a Bronx-Dominican-American, were to those of my travel companions from more homogenous upbringings. Multicultural travelers, I realized, often tend to have a more multi-layered and nuanced way of processing cross-cultural interactions and adapting to diverse environments. Further realizing this unique contrast as I studied in France, Cuba, and Argentina, I decided to share my multicultural perspective on unique places and experiences around the world while highlighting my beloved Dominican heritage as an American traveler through my writing and photography.
Today, I’ve traveled to over 45 different countries and work remotely around the world with a base in Brooklyn, New York.