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Lola Mendez
Member for 7 Years
Joined July 2016
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Puerto Vallarta, MX
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About me

Exploring the world’s diverse cultures is Lola's passion and addiction. She is an American-Uruguayan freelance journalist and has been traveling and working remotely for nine years. Growing up in an international family exposed Lola to global cultures as she has had a passport since birth. After calling New York City home for seven years, Lola became a full-time globe trotter in 2015. During her travels, she has visited all seven continents and 86 countries. Lola is queer, dedicated to sustainability, a certified 200h Hatha yoga teacher, practices mindfulness, lives with minimal waste, and has been plant-based for 17 years.

Lola’s work has been published in many print and digital publications across the world including CNN, USA Today, Washington Post, Independent, The Times, i newspaper, NatGeo, Vogue, InStyle, ELLE, SELF Magazine, Oprah Daily, Food+Wine, Wine Enthusiast, Smithsonian Magazine, Sports Illustrated, Reader’s Digest, Architectural Digest, Refinery29, Thrillist, Time Out, and more.

Her work can be seen at and she also writes the responsible travel blog

Why did you join the community?

I'm passionate about sustainable travel

Where do you dream of traveling to?

Madagascar, Mongolia, Bhutan, The Philippines, Georgia, Armenia, Tunisia, Bolivia, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Honduras, Cyprus, Lithuania, Scotland, Pakistan, China, Iran, Lebanon, The Maldives, Oman, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Cuba, Curaçao, Puerto Rico, Saint Barths, Saint Lucia, and more!

What was your first travel job?

English Tour Guide for Smart Travelers in Madrid, Spain in 2015

Three words that describe why we should travel?

knowledge, acceptance, curiosity