We are Shut Up And Go

Let’s work backwards. You’re 82, rocking back and forth on a rocking chair. What do you want to remember?

How about that time you took a midnight express train through the snowy Swiss Alps? Or that time you were rejected from an elite Berlin club? What about the time you knocked on a stranger’s door and became the new addition to an Italian host family? You might even laugh at the memory of having fallen in love with a French Prince Charming off one right swipe.

How do we know these stories are 100% possible? Because these are the stories you’ll find on this site. We’ve lived all of them, and you can too. Shut up and go.

  • Our philosophy

    The world is more global than ever, so why shouldn’t your content be? We’re your go-to platform for real, funny, moving, and inspirational stories told by diverse voices from around the world, because we all have a story to tell.

  • Our spirit

    Like everything else we love, our spirit is completely free. We encourage people to live the lives they’ve always wanted because in the end, the only person holding you back is yourself.

The Founders

Damon & Jo

Damon Dominique and Joanna (Jo) Franco are international badasses who have traveled the world, both together and separately, for the last decade while maintaining a popular YouTube channel, blog, and now global media platform, Shut Up and Go.

The duo spearheads the movement of living an alternative and international lifestyle and has cultivated a community of nearly 2M+ social media subscribers who know there’s more to experience in life than just living out the status quo.

  • What made you want to start traveling?

    The only escape from Indiana was through the TV, so I'm not even joking when I say it was The Real World being in a new city every season that made me want to travel.

    I grew up between cultures, so instead of trying to pick one, why not try them all?

  • Your biggest travel pet peeve?

    A close-tie between unhelpful airport employees and a pain in my right ear every time the airplane starts the descent.

    Military time throwing me off and people responding in English after I perfectly worded something in their language.

  • Something you do on every trip?

    Act like I don't know where I am going, just to start a conversation with a stranger.

    Give everyone more eye contact than usual, not purposely, but because I’m usually lost. It always results in a good conversation with a stranger.

  • Where can we find you abroad:

    The corner booth of a Parisian café, slight tension between me and the French server, with a French poetry book I pretend to understand.

    Sipping a glass of wine in an Italian bistro, reading a book in Italian, while contemplating getting a tiramisu.

  • Your go-to pick up line abroad?

    "What do you tend to spend your time in ____? Oh, you'll have to take me there."

    "If we can't understand each other, maybe we should just use body language."

The Staff


Meet our witty and well-worded global contributors coming all the way from P. Sherman 42 Wallaby Way, Sydney to Paris, France, and everything in between. The point is we’re an international, multi-lingual, and sexy bunch. Get to know us.

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Our mantra:

When you’re 80 years old, what will matter most is not the latest iPhone you bought, how much you’d stacked your résumé, or how many followers you had on social media. What will matter most is the $100 you spent on a trip to Montréal and became best friends with the twerking performer on the train.

It’s time to shut up and go.

Damon & Jo
  • SHINE BRIGHT LIKE A DIAMOND ✨ 💎 • 📸: @freyaisabel
  • RAISE YOUR HAND IF YOU’VE EVER BEEN PERSONALLY VICTIMIZED BY THE UNIVERSE. 😅😅😅 Well, if you’re a traveler with curly/natural hair, we have a present for you. @rvphchang put together a list of her favorite places to get natural hair products in Europe. Check the link in our bio for the deetz. Happy travels!
  • The link to “Every Resource I’m Using to Learn German in 2018” is in our bio. Read it to step yo’ language game up. 🇩🇪 🇦🇹 🇨🇭
  • When it comes to outlandish questions, it seems like Australians have been asked them all. 🇦🇺 @alyssaperrott just uploaded “What It’s Like To Be an Aussie Abroad.” Check the link in our bio to give it a read!
  • What if we could touch the sky? ✈️ 📸: @bassam_mukadam
  • Have you seen our new series KNOW YOUR $H!T? 🇳🇴 Every week, @ginger_harri drops some gems on everything you need to know about cool destinations... basically, know your $h!t before you go. 🇳🇴 Check the link in our bio for our recent article on Oslo! #shutupandgo
  • When you realize that your winter is Australia’s summer!😓 *books a flight to Australia* 🇦🇺 🇦🇺 📸: @eevee_r
  • For travel or for love. Those are the only two options...ever. JUST KIDDING, DO YOU! 🇪🇸 @jordput spent a year being a language assistant in Spain, and he just so happened to meet the love of his life. 🇪🇸 Click the link in our bio for everything you need to know about teaching English in Spain. If not, at least read it for a cute love story! #shutupandgo
  • We have some 🔥 weekend reads for you! ✈️✈️ 🔥: “The Time I Got Tested for STIs in Paris” by @jo_franco 🔥: “A Sexual Awakening Waiting to Happen” by @marleyscheld 🔥: “A Last Minute Rendezvous with Paris” by @juliafiorino ✈️✈️ Check the link in our bio for some articles you didn’t realize you needed! #shutupandgo
  • Dating in a new country can be hard. Getting STOOD UP by your date in a new country is even harder. 🇨🇿 Click the link our bio to read how @damondominique may or may have not gotten his groove back.
  • STOP SLEEPING ON QUÉBEC! 🛑 💤 🇨🇦 But actually though...this region is stunning! It’s a dope mix of Francophone culture and good ol’ North American hospitality - you’ve gotta love it. 🇨🇦 We just published our article about the bad a$$ Québecois roadtrip we did with @hicanadahostels... let’s just say spending hours upon hours in a decked-out mini van was soooo worth it, because Québec gave us eeeeveerything we needed! Please add it to your travel list for next year (spring break even? you know we love our cheap destinations!) 🇨🇦 CLICK THE LINK IN OUR BIO TO READ THE POST. MERCI! ✨ 🇨🇦 1st Photo 📍: Québec City 2nd + 3rd 📍: Montréal 🇨🇦 #shutupandgo #himontreal #travelconcious
  • Ooooo. You already know we LIVE for our dating abroad stories. ❤️ @media_minx contributed a fabulous article on her experiences killin’ the @tinder game while in Europe. Like Fergie said, “boys just come and go like seasons.” There’s a bit of self depreciating humor, cultural reflection, and looooove in it; it’s great! ❤️ Check the link in our bio to give it a read. #shutupandgo ❤️