With more than 1 million subscribers on YouTube, travel influencers Damon Dominique and Joanna (Jo) Franco have taken the world by storm— both figuratively and literally. And in a time when we are reminded of the importance of living in the here and now and the fragility of everyday life, their motto “it’s time to shut up and go” seems to hit home.
The self proclaimed “international badasses” practice what they preach, having set out to create a travel space that’s tailored to young travelers. This idea came to them after noticing that a lot of their friends wanted to travel but really just didn’t know how—or were too busy or too scared.
“We started making videos mainly because we found it was fun,” they admitted in an interview with CelebMix. “Nobody really watched them at first besides our friends and family (who we would force to watch), but we enjoyed watching everything we squeezed into our trips—cool, cheap, or free places to go that we thought people should know about. We didn’t see anything like it on television or on YouTube, and that’s when the journey began.”
Through a let of trial and error and some hard work, they slowly build up their audience to where it is today, cultivating a community of nearly 2M+ in total social media subscribers. They might just inspire you to shut up and go.