Carla McKirdy

Carla McKirdy is a Texan writer gone nomad. A UN consultant, she’s lived in over a dozen countries spread throughout three different continents — taking the concept of slow travel to a whole new level. Carla’s work on global issues has been featured in The Guardian, Vice, Bust Magazine and other publications with international reach. She is also the founder & CEO of Lingua Boutique and loves to help people communicate across borders. For fun, she collects cats (two) and postgraduate degrees (also two: development economics, Romance languages). Get in touch with her at

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Lydia Sweatt is the web producer for She recently earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Texas at Arlington and is a Dallas native. She enjoys painting, a hefty taco and discovering new music.

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