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.
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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.
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."
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.Damon & Jo
It’s time to shut up and go.