We are all travelers in the wilderness of this world, and the best we can find in our travels is an honest friend.
— Robert Louis Stevenson


I'm Brooklyn-based photographer and blogger with a passion for destination exploration.

During my career in the travel industry, I helped plan everything from volunteer expeditions to luxury tours on all seven continents (yes, even small ship cruises to the Antarctic!) I witnessed clients age 18 through 80 transform their lives with travel. I now use my professional and personal travel experience to help like-minded travelers and influencers. Fathom named me as one of their "13 Locals in the Travel Mindset".

After living and working abroad in South Africa for three years, I moved back home, to Brooklyn, New York. I currently work at PhotoShelter and help travel brands (among others) centralize, organize and leverage their visual media.

Don't forget to take a peek at my latest adventures on Twitter and Instagram!


One Carry-On is a travel blog One Carry-On, a travel blog focused on connecting readers to authentic adventures, foreign cultures, and wild environments.

One Carry-On is written by Marie Frei, a Brooklyn-based photographer and blogger who specializes in creating dynamic digital content for boutique brands. Her photography has been featured in AFAR and Huffington Post. As a sub-Saharan Africa travel expert, she's created travel guides for AFAR, Chase Ultimate Rewards, and Westin Hotels. She's also worked on assignments for the African Wildlife Foundation, Mongabay, MasterCard, and more.

For more information on working together, please see this page.


I've camped next to hippos and elephants in Namibia, explored Mayan ruins in Mexico, hiked to the top of a snowy mountain in Norway, peeked over the edge of Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, golfed around zebras in South Africa, put shoes on children's feet in Zambia, bonded with family over raclette in Switzerland, traveled by Amtrak train across the United States, hiked through the jungles along the Caribbean coast of Colombia, snorkeled with tropical fish in Mozambique & Zanzibar, tracked Colobus monkeys in Kenya, and ate fresh Montreal bagels at 2:00am.


For questions regarding the opportunity to work together (or if you just want to say hello), please see the Contact page.

Thanks for reading!

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