About Deena


What’s up travel fiends! I’m Deena — Born and raised in San Diego, SDSU graduate, snowboarding enthusiast, scuba diver, dancer, and adventurer. Most would ask why I need a passport? I live in the best place iGreat Wall - Jumpn the world! Trust me, San Diego is amazing, but I never truly understood that until I left, pushed outside of my comfort zone. Traveling is in my blood. It’s something I believe everyone needs to experience to become the person they’re destined to be. Dealing with struggles, missed flights, unknown itineraries, and playing charades in foreign countries. I’ve always been a sucker for an adventure.
After I graduated from San Diego State in 2008, I moved to Mammoth Mountain Ski Area to be the Snow Reporter. Life was good. Then I met Michael. Life was exciting, a roller coaster, and definitely an adventure. We moved to Australia, traveled to Israel, Egypt, and Jordan, then on to Hong Kong, Vietnam, and Thailand. Traveling is our thing. After 6 years, we’ve found the timing is (finally) perfect for an Around the World adventure.
We moved to LA in 2013, I finished my masters from USC and landed a killer job at Octagon, an experiential marketing agency. With BMW as my client, I planned events for the Western Region and recently decided it’s time for a life change. Throwing caution to the wind, I’m ready to quit, pack up, say goodbye to family and friends, and set sail on a new chapter, a new adventure, a new journey that will challenge me and shape me into the person I can only hope to become.
Michael and I differ in a lot of ways. First of all, you’ll find our writing styles are drastically opposite. He excels at writing from a philosophical level. I find my passion by writing from the heart, with a great deal of emotion, writing how I think and not withholding any feelings, in the hopes that I might help someone else connect to my story and find their love of travel, and most importantly, their lust for life.
Here is my story, my struggles, my triumphs, in a raw and unedited documentary.
“You don’t regret the things you do, you regret the things you don’t do.”