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Hey guys! Di here.

I’ve been running Slight North for a year now and have been feeling for awhile that the website is just a little… impersonal.

I try to keep my articles helpful, relevant and to-the-point, but sometimes that means a little personality gets lost in the shuffle. So, I decided to write this as a perfect in-between.

Anyone who just wants to get the info and get out can have what they want in my no-frills write-ups, but if you want to learn a little more about me and Dan and how we do what we do, you’ve come to the right place!

 

So, who are Dan and Di?

Meet Di… the writer, trip planner, and social media presence behind Slight North

Dianne Minardi, co-founder of Slight North

 

For me, life is just what happens between giant bowls of popcorn. I’m an avid reader, and by reading I mean the subtitles on every obscure Netflix show that I binge watched in Latin America last year.

I’m a travel enthusiast, recently converted hiker, and major beer lover.

Craft beers, national beers, ciders, stouts, porters, IPAs… I wanna try it all. My favorite Sunday pasttime is deciphering the drunken notes I took on my iPhone to write my next brewery blog post.

To be honest, my dream is to be a fashionable travel blogger with flowing dresses and stylish hats in every photo, but I’m way too lazy… Slight North is the Walmart version of that with my half-assed attempt to make it happen.

Enjoy!

 

Meet Dan, the web designer and finance mastermind behind Slight North.

Daniel Constable co-founder of Slight North

 

Hey, y’all. My name is Daniel, but most people prefer to call me Dan. I self-identify as an average bald man.

I’m currently working with Lurn, Inc. as the Associate Content Manager, which is just a way of saying that I do a little bit of everything related to the entrepreneurial content that we create.

I enjoy long walks through crowded city streets and I think I might die a few years early from breathing in smog. My writing is exclusive, so you won’t find it on major publications or anywhere else online.

Follow me on Instagram!

 

Our Story

Daniel and I met at a college party late in 2010 and have pretty much been together ever since.

We suffered through three hard years of long distance while he went to Miami University in Ohio and I went to Boston College.

In 2014, we both graduated (me with a political science degree and Dan with one in English Education) and were ready to finally start our life together. So, we did what any normal couple does, and moved around the world to teach in Abu Dhabi

 

Dan and Di, travel bloggers and founders of Slight North

 

The experience was crazy, fun, stressful, exciting, and everything in between. We were able to pay off our collective $58k of student loans, and even save some on the side.

We also got to visit eight new countries together and knew from then on that teaching is hell but traveling is dope, and the less work we could do to make that happen, the better.

We got engaged in August 2015 at the beautiful Devou Park in Kentucky overlooking the Cincinnati skyline, and then we got married!

November 5, 2016, was seriously such a magical, romantic, fun, absolutely perfect day. Throwing a badass party for everyone you know and love while also spending thousands of dollars just to look hot is amazing and I recommend it to everyone. It really was the best day ever.

 

Dan and Di, travel bloggers and founders of Slight North

 

After our wedding in Ohio, we stayed at home to hang out with our families for Thanksgiving and Christmas as well. This gave us an awesome risk-free window to venture into freelancing.

Dan started as a writer, and I began with social media management. Our income fluctuated a lot, and so we set off for greener (aka cheaper) pastures in Colombia.

We stayed in Medellin for six months, then spent four more traveling through Peru before returning home for the holidays in 2017.

We both stuck with our original jobs for most of the first year, until I couldn’t bear the marketing anymore and switched to freelance writing in July 2017. Dan landed a full-time remote work job as a content manager for Lurn in December 2017.

 

What’s Next for Slight North?

In 2017 Dan and I traveled slowly in Colombia and Peru, but 2018 won’t be the same.

We started with two months in Mexico and in April we’re setting off on an Eastern European trip. You can find us this year in Romania, Bulgaria, Albania, Macedonia, Serbia, Croatia and Hungary before we return to the states for a wedding in November.

In 2019, we’ll start the year with five months of traveling through Turkey and Ukraine.

 

Dan and Di, travel bloggers and founders of Slight North

 

Bonus: Dogs We Love & You Should Too

If you kinda like us, you’ll definitely love Chester and Birdie aka the cutest dogs ever.

They are both 13 (can you believe it?) but still the perfect, best pals.

Whenever we travel we always begin to miss them first, and slowly 10% then 20% then 100% of our convos start to be about how much we want to see them and that’s when we know it’s time to book a flight home!

 

two dogs, Chester and Birdie

 

Wait, Don’t Go!

If you wanna see more of our beautiful faces (who wouldn’t) just click below to explore the photo diaries from our engagement shoot in the Abu Dhabi desert by the super talented Ille Erasmus and the album from our sunny fall wedding in Dayton, Ohio.

I hope you guys stick around, read some of our stuff, and of course comment below or shoot us an email to connect. I’d love to chat, swap travel tips, or even meet up sometime if our paths cross!

 

This article is part of the Get to Know Us Series. Read the rest below:

Lost Creek Memory Barn Wedding Album

13 Desert Engagement Photos from Abu Dhabi, UAE

Turning 27: My Year in Review

Looking Back at 2018: Where We’ve Been and Where We’re Going

 

I’ve been traveling full-time for three years, these are the resources that make it happen:

➤ I exclusively use Airbnb for savings and security on long-term stays in furnished apartments.

➤ I use Booking.com for short-term stays in hostels and hotels on weekend trips.

Skyscanner and the Scott's Cheap Flights newsletter help me find and book cheap flights and mistake fares.

Upwork allowed me to take the leap to travel full-time because they make it so easy to find freelance clients in any field. 

➤ The Superstar Blogging Travel Writing Course launched my travel writing career and helped me become a contributor at sites like Cincinnati Refined and International Living, and even get published in the Boston Globe.

➤ Finally, I love hosting my travel blog on SiteGround because they have helpful and responsive customer service and I love MediaVine and CJ for helping me make a living doing what I love!

4 Comments

  1. You guys are amazing, the way you are making this work. Di your writing is fresh and light, and the photos..Dan? Are so professional. You two have got a great thing going. Now…. how to travel with dogs…..

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    • Haha whoever figures out how to live this lifestyle with dogs deserves a Nobel prize. That would be the dream!

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      • Flying is dangerous for doggos these days. You could travel the USA in a chevrolet with your dogs.

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        • That’s the dream

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