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 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 then moved to Cape Town, 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 Brooklyn, New York. Here, Fathom named me as one of their "13 Locals in the Travel Mindset". I currently work at PhotoShelter helping photographers and marketers centralize, organize and leverage their visual media. My industry knowledge and personal travel experience 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 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 travel brands 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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