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 Julien Fournié Haute Couture Designer

Meet Julien Fournié Haute Couture Designer
June 10, 2024

Meet Julien Fournié Haute Couture Designer

Haute couture designer Julien Fournié founded Maison Julien Fournié in 2009. It stands out as one of 16 houses in the world to have been awarded the prestigious haute couture label. His house specializes in crafting custom-made haute couture garments and dresses for its customers, alongside offering an exquisite range of luxury bags and accessories.  […]

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Meet Ryne Gallien of The Chelsea Tampa in Florida

Meet Ryne Gallien of The Chelsea Tampa in Florida
April 28, 2024

Meet Ryne Gallien of The Chelsea Tampa in Florida

If there’s one lesson from the career of Ryne Gallien, co-owner of Hair salon The Chelsea Tampa and Tampa Magazine’s 2022 Top 10 Under 40 recipient, it’s to advocate for yourself. Starting off his career as an assistant in hair salons, he says, “I always worked harder and asked for new opportunities.” Those opportunities taught […]

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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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