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About Marina ‘Travel Experta’

Hi, I’m Marina

So happy you are here.

I partner with lifestyle, travel and athletic brands as an ambassador, influencer and writer.

Working with all these incredible destinations and brands allows me to inspire YOU to travel more, spend more time with YOUR kids and loved ones and invest in the most important thing of all – experiences and adventures.

I have never had a conventional job, nor will I ever and hope you don’t either. 

I have helped and inspired thousands to travel more, work less, move abroad, spend more time with their kids and invest in the most important thing of all – experiences and adventures.


But first, I want to share something with you that might surprise you!

I am a Soviet Union Refugee arriving to the US on my 6th birthday. I guess you can say it was one of the worse times yet one of the most impactful times of my life.

I speak 3 languages fluently (Russian, English and Spanish – read below to find out why Spanish)

The number one thing that brought my family together when I was young was travel. This was when we truly bonded and connected and had a chance to escape the adjustment of living in the States and all the complexities of being immigrants during the cold war.

After graduating high school I went to 4 different universities (still graduated on time) because my heart needed travel and diversity.

My second year of University I did a study abroad program in London, UK and that solidified my need to travel and experience the world. It became my #1 passion in life.

After my study abroad stint I backpacked most of Western Europe and one thing everyone I met in the hostels, that were not US citizens, was saying to me how beautiful the United States was. At 19 years old I only saw the East Coast so I was determined to learn more of this immense nation.

After graduating university at 22 years old me and my boyfriend (ex) took off and lived in Colorado and California for two years while exploring this amazing country.

I never used my university diploma but instead became a successful aerobics instructor. I was actually one of the first SPIN and PILATES instructors in NYC.

Before the age of 26 I had visited over 40 states including Alaska and Puerto Rico (a commonwealth of the US).

Who is Marina ‘Travel Experta’

I am an experience collector, memory maker, expat mama and wife, day trader and educator.

My goal is to inspire others to the fullest and #MakingEverydayaAnAdventure. 

I believe in Investing in Life experiences, that's how to truly become a rich person.

Fun Facts About Marina ‘Travel Experta’

  • I am a Soviet Union Refugee arriving to the US on my 6th birthday. I guess you can say it was one of the worse times yet one of the most impactful times of my life.
  • I speak 3 languages fluently (Russian, English and Spanish – read below to find out why Spanish)
  • The number one thing that brought my family together when I was young was travel. This was when we truly bonded and connected and had a chance to escape the adjustment of living in the States and all the complexities of being immigrants during the cold war.
  • After graduating high school I went to 4 different universities (still graduated on time) because my heart needed travel and diversity.
  • My second year of University I did a study abroad program in London, UK and that solidified my need to travel and experience the world. It became my #1 passion in life.
  • After my study abroad stint I backpacked most of Western Europe and one thing everyone I met in the hostels, that were not US citizens, was saying to me how beautiful the United States was. At 19 years old I only saw the East Coast so I was determined to learn more of this immense nation.
  • After graduating university at 22 years old me and my boyfriend (ex) took off and lived in Colorado and California for two years while exploring this amazing country.
  • I never used my university diploma but instead became a successful aerobics instructor. I was actually one of the first SPIN and PILATES instructors in NYC.
  • Before the age of 26 I had visited over 40 states including Alaska and Puerto Rico (a commonwealth of the US).

At 28 years old after living in NYC for several years, on October 20, 2000, I took off with a backpack. I was on an open-ended SOLO trip, with no interest to ever return.

March 5, 2001 as I crossed over from Belize to Guatemala to visit the Tikal Mayan Ruins. While camping (something I don’t ever do) I met my husband. He was also the first Guatemalan person I had ever met.

January 12, 2003 we got married and shortly after that moved to Costa Rica where we lived for almost 7 years and where our first son was born.

On June 25, 2009 (same day as Michael Jackson died) we moved to Antigua, Guatemala to start a new life and where our second son was born.

  • During my life as an expat we have traveled to over ten countries with our two boys and have seen and experienced most of Central America inside and out.
  • On February 4, 2023 my family and I moved to Barcelona, Spain in hopes to make this our permanent home.
  • Today, I’m also a proud mama and wife of ROCK CLIMBERS. My husband is an addict and introduced our sons to it. They are now competing worldwide.
  • What does this mean for me? Instead of my planning our trips around what I want to do, I now have to make sure wherever we travel to has a good place to rock climb and a good climbing gym.
  • Not a bad substitution, considering most rock climbing sites are absolutely stunning. And most climbing gyms are unique and different, offering my wanderlust to enjoy every new adventure with my men.

I’m a world traveler, creator, innovator, entrepreneur, podcaster, author, global speaker, day trader, educator, experience collector, mama and wife.

The beauty of life is to create what works for you and to earn money while spending as much time doing what you love to do. 

I have traveled to over 40 countries. Lived in 8 countries, and 15 states (in the US). I speak 3 languages fluently and am raising my sons to be multicultural, trilingual global citizens. 

I’m a Soviet Union Refugee, raised in the United States, married to a Guatemalan who I met while backpacking around the world at a Mayan Ruin (read more of our story here). 

Today my family and I live in Barcelona, Spain after living over 20 years in Central America (6 years in Costa Rica and 14 years in Guatemala). 

And I love questions! So please contact me. 

Let’s Make Every Day an Adventure!

Marina ‘Travel Experta’

Travel Experta is part of MKB5 Enterprises LLC

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