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
  • Who would’ve thought that from a tweet to @damonandjo last year we would’ve met a huge piece of the puzzle to making #shutupandgo bigger and better than we could’ve imagined. Thank you for all you do, for your makeup tips, and for the personality you show in all your videos and articles which keeps us entertained 24/7. Here’s to many more years of dominating the world together (but really for). - Your SUAG family
  • 💙💛💙💛💙 📸: @thisisunlost
  • Say it with us: IF YOU NEVER GO, THEN YOU’LL NEVER KNOW! 👏👏👏
  • ✨SOME GOOD NEWS✨ 🖊 We have some cool people we’d like you to meet. Yep, that’s right - 7 new frequent contributors who are ready to shake up the community a bit more with their talent and PERSONALITIES (in addition to our already bad a$$ contributors)! Check the link in our bio to meet all of them via some funny interview questions! #shutupandgo 📸: @rookieexperiences
  • Do it for love, baby. Those are the stories we’ll remember when we’re 82 and sippin’ our English breakfast tea with our biscuits and lookin’ back on the adventurous lives we’ve lived. 💕💕💕
  • THE ULTIMATE POWER COUPLE! 💕🐫 | A huge shoutout to everyone who posted pics with their baes yesterday! | #shutupandgo #shutupandgolove
  • HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!!!! | #ShutUpandGoLove 🥰 Love comes in all shapes and sizes. Humans, pets, and items! 🥰 @alyssaperrott says, “Who needs a man when you’ve got your carry-on?” She won a Pulitzer Prize with these words... iconic 👏 🥰 Today, post a picture with your bae (whoever or whatever it may be) and use #ShutUpandGoLove! We’ll be reposting your pictures all day long. 🎈🥰🎈
  • It’s February, so we’ve gotta ask: who has actually been working on their New Year’s resolution? If so, what is it? #shutupandgo 📸: @woshpereira
  • Well, ain’t that the truth! 🚎 NEW ARTICLE: ✨ 3 WAYS TO HAVE AN ADVENTURE WITHOUT GETTING ON A PLANE✨ 🚌 Here’s a snippet: “In most of the Northern Hemisphere, it’s that time of year again – yep, that time year when it’s so damn cold that you sort of just want to drop everything that you’re doing and go feel your booty on some warm sand. For university students, spring break ain’t for another 7 weeks, so that’s probably not going to happen. And for the “working professional,” your boss might look at you like you’ve been streaming too many damn Parts Unknown episodes. Well, I can’t really propose much to get rid of the cold… maybe buy some extra blankets and space heaters? BUT, I can give you the lowdown on easy ways to travel without getting on a plane.” Read the rest with the link in our bio! 🚎 Written by @nasirfleming #shutupandgo
  • 🥳GIVEAWAY ALERT:🥳 This year and every year should be about making memories, which is why I'm still trying to remember all the details of the perfect Saturday at a wine festival the other day 😂. We've teamed up with @goldstarevents_ for a giveaway where a winner will receive $50 credit towards any event on goldstar.com cause why not make your life interesting? 🥳 ✨TO ENTER✨ •follow @shutupandgo •follow @goldstarevents_ •and tag three people you want to make more memories with! #shutupandgo.