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."

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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
  • MONDAY MORNING REALITY CHECK! 🌟 Good news: for the most part, no one really gives a damn! Most of the pressure that we feel to accomplish certain things comes from within (fueled by societal pressures of course). But at the end of the day, whether you go to this college OR get that job in New York OR drop out and move to Australia, DO WHAT’S BEST FOR YOU. 🌟 Forget about everybody else, ‘cuz they’re most likely not even thinking about you! And if they are thinking about you that hard, maybe they’re the ones who need to go reevaluate! 👏👏👏👏 #shutupandgo
  • Getchu a ride or die travel buddy! If you already have one, tag ‘em below!👌📸: @ybt.cetera #shutupandgo
  • MESSY. MESSY. MESSY. But you’ve gotta do what you’ve gotta do sometimes. #shutupandgo
  • Take a dip to refresh your body and your soul! 💧 📸: @curlyhairadventuresblog #shutupandgo
  • YES 👏THE 👏HECK 👏WE 👏DO! 👏 Respect historic sites, respect locals, respect cultural customs - the list goes on and on! But at the end of day, it’s all about respect. 💭: @noranmorsi
  • If only streets could vocalize the things they’ve seen! 📸: @mamanbertrand #shutupandgo
  • Just a lil’ Monday reminder to never take life too seriously! 🌟 📸: @astridoxford #shutupandgo
  • Yes, we’re all about Shut(ting) Up and Go(ing) for cheap, but what’s more important is making sure that you’re always safe! It can be a weird world out there, so make sure not to put a few $$$ before your security and health! #shutupandgo
  • HAPPY PRIDE MONTH! 🌈 Please remember that the first pride in the USA wasn’t a parade - it was a riot against the unjust treatment and police brutality of LGBTQ+ persons. Thanks to activists and heroes like Ms. Marsha P. Johnson, many of us have the opportunity to live and to love freely. Yet this isn’t the case for all of the LGBTQ+ community around the world. This pride season, we encourage everyone to learn and to reflect on the history, while continuing to push forward until everyone in the LGBTQ+ community can live freely! #shutupandgo
  • 🌟 MONTRÉAL EVENTS IN JULY 🌟 We decided to start throwing our own events, because we were tired of going to others that were boring AF or didn’t have like-minded people. This simple thought inspired us to host a French Slang workshop in Paris back in March. This event completely sold out, and we were like, “Wow. There’s definitely a need for chill, safe spaces for like-minded travelers.” This is how our second and third events for NYC Pride were born (which also sold out in 48 hours). Firstly, we want to thank all of you for being a part of this community, and we’re going to continue to host bad a$$ events and parties for the Shut Up and Go family! 🇨🇦 That said, we’re hosting TWO EVENTS in Montréal on July 5th: Speed Friending and a Mixer at @himontreal! Mhm, and yes we’re gonna shake some booty at the mixer. The links are in our bio if you’re trying to have a fire start to your summer! Also, @apple, can we can a Québecois flag emoji up in heeereee? #shutupandgoevents (filmed by @jonastotheworld)
  • Regardless of the places we’ll go, our hearts will always lead us back to México. 🇲🇽 📸: @alistandoequipaje ✨#shutupandgo
  • There’s something about those picturesque towns and cities that invokes a sense of nostalgia. BUT, there’s also something about them that makes you wonder, “where the hell can I find the grunge scene?” And once you experience both sides of the city, you realize how cool it truly is! 📸: @camilleevans24 #shutupandgo