MARINEL M. DE JESUS, esq.

mountain nomad. public speaker. entrepreneur. author

"I help people overcome boundaries."

Learn more about Marinel here.

KEYNOTE:

LIFE HAPPENS ON THE MOVE

Marinel's signature speech, Life Happens on the Move, touches upon the importance of going after our dreams and being true to ourselves. When we travel the world or trek mountains, we discover the authentic aspects of our inner being that are devoid of the external world's influences.  As we realize that time is of the essence, we learn that there is no reason to hold off on that lifetime goal or dream.  There is only now to look forward to.  Hence, we best serve our own interests by forging ahead towards our innate desires and higher purpose.

testimonials

Wow! Life Happens on the Move! So inspirational!
Very inspiring speech! Very powerful and authentic!
Your speech was captivating but touching too...enjoyed it very much!
Great personal story!

publications

Tales of a Brown Gal Trekker is a collection of travel essays and poetry as a reflection on Marinel's journey as a mountain trekker over the past 15 years.  

This is a prelude to her upcoming Life Happens on the Move book series which tackles the role of fear in our lives and how in her world she made a conscious decision to overcome each and every fear that holds her back.  As a practicing attorney, quitting her stable legal career to become a nomad has been the most challenging decision for her to make.  How does one overcome the fear of taking that leap of faith?  What inspires someone to make such a radical shift in her life?  This introduction to her book series gives readers a glimpse of Brown Gal's psyche and unconventional approach to life.  The book further showcases photos in full color of places and mountains that inspired Brown Gal Trekker along the way.  Tales of a Brown Gal Trekker is available in Kindle and paperback versions.  Get your copy now.

speaking topics

How to Overcome Fear of Change

What (Solo) Traveling Teaches You About Life

No Boundaries: How to be Fearless

How Hiking (the Outdoors) Makes You Successful In Life

Lessons Learned from Traveling the World (80 Countries & Growing)

Women Focused Topics:

How Outdoors Shape Women Leaders

Gaining Independence: Solo Traveling & Trekking

Wilderness Backpacking 101 Workshop

The Art of Solo Travel

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We define the meaning of freedom in our lives. Nature does its wonders to get us there.

WORKSHOPS

WILDERNESS BACKPACKING 101 SERIES
The Wilderness Backpacking 101 Series includes the following subtopics.  Each subtopic can be a workshop on its own.
1. Intro to Backpacking
2. International Wilderness Backpacking
3. A Guide to Preparing for High Altitude Trekking

THE ART OF SOLO TRAVEL
The Art of Solo Travel Workshop addresses the following:
1. The research and planning aspect of it.
2. Safety concerns: myths v. reality of solo traveling.
3. Other considerations: being culturally sensitive, mental approach to traveling solo, surviving language barriers, diet/nutrition, fitness, insurance, how to make friends, other scenarios you would need to prep for.
4. Must have gear & recommendations.
5. Travel resources and solo travel communities.

Both workshops can be facilitated to co-ed or women only audience.  

upcoming events

GUEST SPEAKING EVENTS

Marinel will be speaking at Northern Virginia Community College on the topic of "Beauty and Vulgarity: How Beauty is Perceived in the Outdoors" in Annandale, Virginia, November 6, 2017.

INTRO TO BACKPACKING & SOLO TRAVEL WORKSHOPS
November 4, 2017 at 9 am: Intro to Wilderness Backpacking for Women  (D.C.)
November 6, 2017 at 6:30 pm: The Art of Solo Travel (co-ed) (D.C.)

prior events

GUEST SPEAKING EVENTS

Marinel spoke as part of the panel for the What's Your Travel Niche? Innovative Business Models session of the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA) Global Conference 2017 in San Diego, California, August 27-29.  

INTRO TO BACKPACKING & SOLO TRAVEL WORKSHOPS

August 5 at 10 am: Intro to Wilderness Backpacking for Women  (D.C.)
August 6 at 11 am: The Art of Solo Travel for Women (D.C.)
August 12 at 10 am: Intro to Wilderness Backpacking (co-ed, D.C.)
August 16 at  6:30 pm: The Art of Solo Travel & Smartphone Photography (co-ed, D.C.)
August 19 at 10 am: Intro to Wilderness Backpacking (Baltimore)
August 20 at 10 am: Intro Wilderness  Backpacking (Philadelphia)
August 20 at 4 pm: The Art of Solo Travel for Women (Philadelphia)

TESTIMONIALS

Great class! I learned a lot!
— Michelle, Annandale, VA.
Awesome, inspiring crash course! Can’t wait to see you all again and adventure together!
— Lexi, Alexandria, VA.
Thanks BGTrekker. Looking forward to our backpacking trip in West Virginia!
— Anisa, Silver Spring, MD.
Very experienced backpacker, structured and interactive class. Full of tips and ideas!
— Laurence, Washington, DC.

AUTHOR
HUFFINGTON POST
MATADOR NETWORK
DAVE’S TRAVEL CORNER
HIKE LIKE A WOMAN
CAMPING FOR WOMEN
MEDIUM
OUTBOUND COLLECTIVE

FEATURES

How Small Can a Travel Niche Be?

Wild Woman Summit

MOGUL: Thank You Heartbreak, Spotlighting Creatives

Altitude-Seven: Choose Adventure

Travel Pulse: D.C. Prosecutor Leaves Job to Trek

The Clueless Wanderer

Nomad Guru

Fat Girls Hiking Inspirational Hiker

The Trusted Traveller: What Inspires Marinel from Brown Gal Trekker

GUEST POSTS
HLAW: A Friendship in an Unlikely Place: On a Holy Trek in Yading Nature Reserve of China
HLAW: She Becomes a Judge. I Become a Mountain Nomad
WHOA MAG: Don’t Date a Girl Who Treks
Women Who Explore: Don’t Date a Girl Who Treks
BEST HIKE.COM: Don’t Date a Girl Who Treks
Smarter Travel: The Republic of Georgia Brings You Mountains & Unparalleled Hospitality
Cheers to Traveling: A Friendship Discovered in a Remote Region of China
Curious Bee: Kilimanjaro Kills! Here are 13 Ways to Survive

CONTRIBUTOR
She Explores Podcast: Diversity, Beyond the Buzzword
I Have Been to Croatia and I Loved It!, 7 Travel Bloggers Said
Travel Inspiration Series
Travellers Share Their Best Tips for Sustainable Travel
Travel Photo Tuesday: Yading Nature Reserve
On My Travels, I’ve Learned…
Best Travel Moments from Travelers Around the World
10 Travelers on How Travel Broadened Their Perspective of the World
Travel Bloggers Favourite Destinations of 2016
The One Thing I Always Regret Packing
Snap to Recap: Rinjani
RH Negative Nepal

AWARDS
Liebster
Versatile Blogger
Inspiration in a Nutshell: 2016’s Favorite Blogs
FEEDSPOT: Top 100 Hiking Blogs
Independent Traveler: Trip Review of the Month (Republic of Georgia)
Top Outdoor Blogs You Can Read for Inspiration in 2017