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Erin Levi

An intrepid American wandering the world in search of special people, places, experiences and stories, I enjoy the process of getting to know a new destination slowly as opposed to racking up passport stamps. I've lived Asia, Europe and North America, and speak French, Italian, Spanish, Uzbek and Vietnamese (all to varying degrees of fluency).

More specifically, I'm thrilled to have been chosen as kimkim's first Global Travel Specialist. Starting December 1st, I'll be spending the year in Nepal, Iceland, Peru and Italy (you can follow me on Instagram @gldncrl). I'm also a freelance writer whose byline has appeared in The New York Times and AFAR.com, and is penning a guidebook to Bhutan.

How did you get involved in travel?

"When I turned four on a family trip to Italy, I came down with a terrible case of the travel bug that I never seemed to shake, which was fortunate for my soul, but not my wallet! It was only after graduate school in Scotland that I officially began working in the travel industry. For seven years, I was a publicist at a boutique travel PR agency in New York City, handling media relations for destinations like New Zealand and Quebec, as well as tour operators specializing in Africa, India, Italy, France and Central Asia. In late 2013, I quit to research and write a travel guidebook to Bhutan and explore my passion for travel via freelance writing. The risk paid off because now I have the ultimate dream job! "

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"Horse trekking in central Bhutan through forested mountains, hemp fields and overgrown trails, the latter which we had to clear with a machete."

Featured trips & expertise

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Deluxe Room with Best View (Photo by Big Pillow Inn)

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Living Room of the Imperial Duplex (Image ©Airbnb)

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