Have you met our media intern, Briana De Marco Pearl? She joined the team in the beginning of this year and has been working with us on multiple exciting projects! She has a keen eye for detail, is a fantastic writer, and is willing to help out wherever help is needed. We are excited to have her as part of the team and wanted to officially introduce her to our community. #elcaminotravel community meet Briana! 


Who are you and what’s your story?

I’m Briana, born, raised, and currently based in Los Angeles. I started traveling as a kid after begging my parents to let me explore, and I haven’t stopped since then. After finishing school, I spent several years having adventures in Southeast Asia, New Zealand, East Africa, plus several road trips around the US in a trusty $900 Volvo wagon. I came back to my hometown to run a videography studio in 2012. This year has spelled a lot of new changes for me, though—-in addition to adding a new baby to the family just after New Year’s, I started interning for El Camino and have shifted my own work towards writing and editing.      

What do you do as an #elcaminotravel intern?

I’m the media intern, so I’m involved in all things content: video editing, social media strategies, helping write blog posts, hashing out the interviews for our shiny new travel podcast. We’re a small startup team, though, so I also have a lot of opportunities to be involved in so many aspects of the company. 

Why were you interested in interning at El Camino?

I’ve been following El Camino’s story since before the first trip was officially launched. I’d emailed Katalina in 2014 to gush about how awesome she is, but I got in touch again last fall asking if she’d be interested in a west coast, writer/videographer/traveler of an intern. Katalina is a powerhouse of making amazing, bold things happen, and I’m so glad to be learning from her! 

What has been the best and the worst thing that you have experienced in this internship so far? 

The best is getting to collaborate with Katalina and Jolyn. We video chat once a week, and I always leave those calls inspired and excited about work/life after seeing their faces. It’s such a change from my work in the past, where I was often working alone. The worst is that we’re on opposite coasts! I wish our collabs could be a daily, in-person situation.

How do you juggle being a wife + mom of 2, running your own business, and being an #elcaminotravel intern?

My new motto: the juggle is real. I have a lot on my plate these days, so I’ve learned to cut anything unnecessary. (See you again one day, Netflix…) Having a supportive partner who splits childcare and work responsibilities with me is also key. A lot of the time it means I work weird hours, like when baby is up at 3am or on Saturdays.

What is one thing you have learned about working in a start-up environment?

Communication is so important! This is maybe a good general life lesson, too. 

What’s your favorite travel moment?

I took my son with me to Thailand and Burma just before his first birthday. The entire trip was filled with amazing moments of everyone wanting to interact with him.  Our servers played with him while I ate dinner. Other moms stopped us to chat about sleeping, eating, and other trials of parenthood. He was blessed several times by monks! Even though I had to deal with the usual inconveniences of baby care, having him with me  during my travels provided such unique experiences to interact with locals in both countries that I wouldn’t have had on my own.

What do you do to get inspired?

Surround myself with others who are excited about the world. Spend an evening at the beach. Get outside--I love the desert.

How do you take your coffee? 

I’m a tea drinker! My first cup of coffee happened during a coffee ceremony in Ethiopia. Four cups later, I didn’t sleep that night. #caffeinefail

Favorite words to live by.

“Better keep yourself clean and bright; you are the window through which you must see the world.”




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