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 travel expert and photographer with a passion for destination exploration.

During my career in the travel industry, I helped plan everything from volunteer expeditions to luxury private tours on all seven continents (yes, even small ship cruises to the Antarctic!) It was so exciting to witness clients of all ages transform their lives through travel. I moved to Cape Town, South Africa, and that's when I started sharing my travel experiences on this blog.

After living and working abroad in South Africa for three years, I moved back home, to New York City. Here, Fathom named me as one of their "13 Locals in the Travel Mindset". My industry knowledge and personal travel experience (five continents and counting) are what make me an excellent resource for travelers interested in capturing the best angles of the destinations they visit.

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


One Carry-On is for those travelers with a passion for exploring off the beaten path locations. The blog covers honest and personal stories about living and traveling as an American abroad, shares a global appreciation for culture and design, and promotes traveling to far-flung destinations with a carry-on as fun, affordable, and easy.

One Carry-On is written by Marie Frei, a Brooklyn-based photographer and blogger who creates dynamic digital content for the travel industry and non-profits. Her photography has been featured in AFAR and Huffington Post, among other publications.

As a sub-Saharan Africa travel expert, she's created destination guides for AFAR, Chase Ultimate Rewards, and Westin Hotels. She's also worked on freelance assignments for Skyscanner, 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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