En Route Traveler is an online resource that inspires wanderlust. Our mission is to create a forum where independent travelers can:
- explore a place’s culture and environment in an authentic and responsible way
- prepare for the journey with helpful tips and guides
- discover affordable, mid-range travel ideas
We like to travel smart. We are a group of former hostelers and backpackers who seek memorable experiences and deep connections with the world around us. We don’t mind roughing it occasionally, but we’ve graduated to a stage in our lives where we also appreciate the comfort in unique, mid-range options. If you’re interested in submitting a story idea, please use the contact form at the bottom of this page to get in touch.
Lara Dalinsky | founding editor + creative director
Lara was loves the sense of discovery that comes with travel and has visited over 30 countries. It’s no surprise that Lara was instilled with the travel bug at an early age; her mother’s job as a flight attendant enabled a childhood of exploring the globe. Eight years of attending the French International School outside of Washington, DC taught her a second language and introduced her to friends who came from a wide diversity of cultures and backgrounds. She recently relocated to Seoul, South Korea, for her husband’s job where she hopes to explore much of Asia for the next couple of years. In addition to being the founding editor of En Route Traveler, Lara also works as a freelance graphic designer and photographer to fund her adventures. In her spare time, she contributes as a Local Expert to AFAR Media, is an ambassador for FIG Clothing, enjoys vegetarian cuisine, instructs Zumba, practices yoga, and of course, travels as much as possible.
Kathleen Fleming | wellness editor
Kathleen has traveled extensively through the United Kingdom, mainland Europe, Central America, South Africa, and Australia. She was fortunate that her parents loved traveling and encouraged exploration. From a young age, she and her sister were taken on many adventures all over the world. Kathleen has lived in South Africa, London, and Paris. After five years of being a stressed corporate lawyer, she gave it all up to move to Nicaragua where she trained as a yoga teacher and learned to surf. She and her boyfriend worked at the eco-lodge, Buena Vista Surf Club, on a hill above a beautiful beach where they witnessed many beautiful sunsets and met some awesome people (including Lara). Kathleen loves fitness, vegetarian cooking, contributing to the wellness blog, Hip and Healthy, and managing her own sites Yum Yoga and Super Fit and Super Food.
Gia Coelho | food editor
Gia was born in India and holds a BBA in Accounting and an MBA in Marketing. She also studied Interior Design in Toronto, where she spent time visiting various neighborhoods and sampling world cuisine. She is fluent in Hindi and Marathi and has traveled extensively in India and Europe, spending time learning German in Bavaria. She now lives outside Washington DC. Her passions include wildlife conservation, writing, culinary adventures and painting acrylics on canvas. She also creates colorful, Zentangle art that she sells on her Etsy site: www.etsy.com/shop/giacoelho
Jeanette Lee | contributing editor
Jeanette enjoys exploring the United States and faraway places like India, Belize, and Korea. She works in the Washington, DC metropolitan area as an attorney and Registered Yoga Teacher. Jeanette creates yoga practices that connect our modern city-dwelling selves back to the natural cycles of life; learn more on her website: soulfireyoga.com.
If you have any ideas, feedback, or opportunities that you’d like to share with En Route Traveler, please contact us using the form below. We are always on the lookout for guest contributors, like-minded sponsors, and products or services to review. We look forward to connecting with you!
En Route Traveler is open to submissions in the following areas of independent travel: essays, tips, photo of the week, photo essays, guides, and reviews. En Route Traveler does not offer paid editorial coverage.