La Carmina

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La Carmina 


  • La Carmina is an “OG” travel and fashion blogger. She founded her La Carmina Blog in 2007, which led to multiple book deals and TV shows.
  • La Carmina has appeared on the cover of travel and fashion magazines, and has been profiled by publications including BBC and The New Yorker. 
  • She writes about travel, culture, and fashion for CNN, Business Insider, Sunday Times, Huffington Post, Fodor's, and in-flight magazines (Aeromexico, Hong Kong Airlines). La Carmina is a 2020 SATW Travel Journalism Award winner, and managed dozens of freelancers and wrote over 600 travel articles for Google’s Touring Bird site.


 La Carmina is an award-winning author, leading travel blogger, and international TV host. She founded her popular alternative travel and lifestyle blog in 2007, and won "Best Blog of the Year" from Auxiliary Magazine. La Carmina is a TEDx Vancouver speaker, and published three books with Random House and Penguin. She hosts travel TV shows worldwide; perhaps you’ve seen her on Bizarre Foods, No Reservations, Taboo, Oddities, The Today Show, or The Doctors. La Carmina has visited over 70 countries, and spoken at worldwide conferences. In addition to Brides and Tripsavvy, she contributes to CNN, Fodor's, Business Insider, Yahoo, Sunday Times, Airbnb, Huffington Post, Buzzfeed, BBC, Roadtrippers, Home in Canada, Hong Kong Airlines Magazine, Google’s Touring Bird, and other publications.


La Carmina earned a law degree from Yale Law School, where she won a Grammy Entertainment Law writing award. She completed her undergraduate studies at Columbia University in New York, where she was named a Global Scholar, and graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa.

Awards and Publications

  • La Carmina’s travel TV hosting credits include "Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern," "Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations," and "Better Late than Never" with William Shatner.

  • She’s the founder of La Carmina Blog, which was named “Best Blog of the Year” by Auxiliary Magazine.

  • La Carmina is a TEDx speaker. She delivered the first TED talk on Goth culture. 

  • She is the author of three books, published by Penguin Random House.

  • La Carmina’s speeches and appearances include World Tourism Forum Turkey, Experience Romania, Luisaviaroma Italy, NY Fashion Week, Hong Kong Social Media Week.

  • La Carmina was awarded the Bronze prize for "Best Personal Comment" in the 2020 SATW Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Competition.

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