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
  • After a few weeks, they all just jumble together. 😂😂😂 #shutupandgo
  • STOP RIGHT NOW! 😂 Show some respect to “œuf” & “œil” & and all our other œ friends! 😂 #shutupandgo
  • GOTTA BLAST!!!! 😭 #shutupandgo
  • WAIT - how do we apply for Genovian citizenship? Also, PLEASE tell us y’all have seen The Princess Diaries! 😂#shutupandgo
  • 😂😂 Real talk though, how do you think the international travel space and travel tourism will look in 9 months? Do you feel like it’ll go back to what we know as “normal” or do you think there will be some major changes? Just curious! 💭 #shutupandgo
  • LMAO! Just kidding though. We’re fans of some language schools. Although the 🔑 is to practice what you’ve learned in the classroom out in the world! 🌎 #shutupandgo
  • WE’RE ABOUT TO HAVE THE RIDE OF OUR LIVES, BABY!!!! Until then, stay inside and wash YOUR hands! #shutupandgo.
  • Quarantine has got us getting affection from lamps and talking to plants! We’ll get through this! 👏👏
  • DATA VS. DATA! How do you say “data?” #shutupandgo
  • Relaxing and staying safe while in quarantine is actually a fun time, but we’re all excited to get back out on the road in a few months! Until then, we’ll just reminisce and get inspired for future adventures! #stayhome 📸: @joxmera
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  • Life just keeps surprising us! 😭 #shutupandgo