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 group and solo tours on all seven continents and have helped clients from age 18 to 80 transform their lives through travel. I hope my website inspires you to pack your own carry-on and explore a new destination with confidence

I started this blog in 2009. With only two weeks vacation to take each year, I made the most out of every minute outside of the office and got my carry-on packing down to a science. I knew my industry knowledge and personal travel experience positioned me as a great resource for travelers interested in immersing themselves in the destinations they visit. My time living abroad in South Africa ignited my passion for conservation and photography, two subjects you'll see covered often on my site.

I've lived in Boston, Cape Town, and Washington D.C., and I now call New York City home. I'm currently a digital media expert at PhotoShelter, where I 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 and photography blog written by Marie Frei, a Brooklyn-based photographer and blogger who specializes in creating dynamic digital content for boutique brands. Her photography and writing has been featured on AFARHuffington Post, Fathom,  the African Wildlife Foundation, 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 hi, please see the Contact page.

Thanks for reading!

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