Meet the Locals

The best travel expert is someone who calls a destination “home,” and that’s why the global Dreams Abroad community is such a rich resource. We’re introducing you to members who are passionate about where they’re from—and are excited to share their local expertise with you.

Meet the Locals

Meet Jesse Albertini of Sfoglina Pasta in Denver, Colorado

Meet Jesse Albertini of Sfoglina Pasta in Denver, Colorado
March 25, 2024

Meet Jesse Albertini of Sfoglina Pasta in Denver, Colorado

Jesse Albertini always wanted to run her own company. “I was getting my hair done for prom, and the owners made an impression on me. [It was a] team of girls who had just started their company, [and] I was their last appointment of the day. They poured champagne to celebrate. It was a moment […]

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Meet the Locals: Marc Samuels, New York City

Meet the Locals: Marc Samuels, New York City
February 26, 2024

Meet the Locals: Marc Samuels, New York City

“Every place is about relationships,” says Marc Samuels, the owner of PhotoTrek Tours, a company that shows guests New York City through combined private tours and photoshoots. Visitors to New York City can hire a photographer and also book a separate walking tour, but Samuels offers both together. Samuels treats every visitor as an honored […]

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Meet the Locals: Eric Mathern, New York City 

Meet the Locals: Eric Mathern, New York City 
December 4, 2023

Meet the Locals: Eric Mathern, New York City 

“A quiet oasis in the middle of New York City” is how Eric Mathern, a tour guide with ExperienceFirst, describes Bryant Park, an 1847 public park in Midtown. It’s one of two “can’t miss” stops in New York City, according to Mathern. The other is nearby New York Public Library, the flagship building in the […]

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Meet the Locals: Morfar Empanadas in Split, Croatia

Meet the Locals: Morfar Empanadas in Split, Croatia
November 27, 2023

Meet the Locals: Morfar Empanadas in Split, Croatia

Santiago Nieto, David Folis, and Valeria Garcés own Morfar, an empanada shop in Split, Croatia. “We met in Split by coincidence, we had friends in common,” says Santiago. “The Argentinian community isn’t massive so it’s quite normal to know people.” David and Valeria sold empanadas through social media, and Santiago was a customer. Later, the […]

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