The definition of the word Dame in the dictionary is:
“The title of a woman who has been awarded of high ranking or of an empire.”
I chose the name #dametraveler because we wanted to exemplify strength, fearlessness and courage. When a female travels solo, she throws caution to the wind and she trusts the universe to protect her while she uses her instincts to make smart decisions. And so, this is where you come in! We cant wait to see what you have in store for us to share with the world.
Meet Nastasia Yakoub, a former nurse turned full-time traveler, entrepreneur and photographer with an ambition to inspire and empower women.
Born into a strict Chaldean-Middle Eastern household and community where females are expected to embrace a life of marrying young and neglecting any personal ambitions, Nastasia’s mission to represent and empower women stems from a desire to break the mold.
At the age of 20, Nastasia took a leap of faith and moved to Chicago to pursue a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing at Loyola University, supporting herself entirely as she began her new life full of opportunities and challenges. Soon after, Nastasia embarked on her first solo trip to South Africa to volunteer at an orphanage in Cape Town. Her experiences there sparked her love for the world.
Defying cultural norms, Nastasia went from being totally isolated from the world, simply because of her gender, to traveling to over 50+ countries, many of which were solo adventures.
Nastasia started the @dametraveler community in 2014 after noticing a need for a strong female travel community and people strongly resonated with her message. Today, Dame Traveler stands as the first and most well known and respected female travel community on Instagram and has been featured in the Washington Post, Travel Channel, AFAR, Travel & Leisure, VOGUE, Forbes Travel and more.
She has gained loyal readers who admire her passion and creativity through her incredible following online. Today, @dametraveler has reached over 405,000 followers on Instagram and over 95,000 on her personal account, @nastasiaspassport. Needless to say, she’s inspired thousands of women to step outside their comfort zone and see more of the world. Her next endeavor is to expand the Dame Traveler brand outside of web and social.
However, the birth of Dame Traveler was far from glamorous. Her life quickly and drastically changed as she recovered from a back injury, and was unable to pursue her career in Nursing. Stricken to bed rest, dreaming of adventure, Dame Traveler was born, blossoming to a community of shared love.
She’s passionate about a global community that connects, informs, and inspires women because of her own experiences. She believe in pursuits from the heart.
Experiencing life is a lot different than just living it. An experience tells a story which will be carried on over generations.
Her mission is to make this world a more connected, peaceful, compassionate and loving place. What better way to do that than to travel it?
Thank you for visiting, and don’t be afraid to say hello!
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