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Yulia Denisyuk

Yulia Denisyuk
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Yulia is a freelance travel photographer and writer. She was born in Kazakhstan, grew up in Estonia, and now lives in the United States. Yulia has traveled the world extensively and turned to a travel journalism career after spending more than 10 years in large organizations — first as a Navy Sailor, then as a brand manager at Fortune 500 companies. Yulia's work appears in Lonely Planet's Travel Anthology, AFAR, Turkish Airlines Skylife and more. Yulia is a founder of NOMⴷD + JULES, a small group travel company to destinations that often get a bad rep in the media. See more on her website and Instagram.

Dancing to the Rhythm of Love in the Dominican Republic

It starts with a quote. The night before I leave for the Dominican Republic, I listen to an excerpt from a speech called A Counsel of Resistance and Delight in the Face of Fear...

Searching for Wonder in Chiang Mai

With its loose chain and weathered tires, my bicycle doesn’t look that reliable. And the impatient beeps on the street are becoming louder by the minute. Despite my hesitation, I decide to go on...

A Layover with Yulia Denisyuk

Traveling immerses us in the world, but sometimes in the less eventful moments in between destinations, we just need to escape. “The Layover” is a weekly roundup of books, music, podcasts, and other forms...

The Wonders of Jordan, Part Two: Stars and Everything is Illuminated

Southern Wonders Though my fascination with Jordan develops in leafy Orjaan during the unhurried seances of tea, it is time to head south. I start upon the King’s Way, an ancient trade route connecting Africa...

The Wonders of Jordan, Part One: Tea and Trails

“Hello, where are you from?” “America.” “Oh, welcome, welcome to Jordan!” “Thank you.” “Would you like to have some tea?” I cannot pinpoint exactly the first time I dreamt about Jordan. Perhaps it was triggered by an image I...

How to Photograph Ordinary Moments While Traveling

Travel has the power to transport us, challenge us, and expand our ways of thinking by exposing us to different ways of life. There are epic trips that fundamentally change us — when we...

A Wall Runs Through It: Impressions of Bethlehem, Palestine

The old bus comes to an abrupt halt near some semblance of a road that retreats into a faraway hill. I climb outside onto a crumbling sidewalk and start moving toward the large grey...

The Long Way Home: Part Two

Tallinn welcomes me with subzero temperatures and the kind of dense darkness that only comes with long subarctic nights. After the colorful art nouveau architecture of Riga, the brown-stone medieval streets of the Estonian...

The Long Way Home: Part One

Going back is not the same as never leaving. Nearly two decades ago, at 16 years of age, I left the Baltic region for the United States. I landed on America’s shores a newly-minted immigrant...

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