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Joanna Kalafatis

Founder & Travel Writer at LosetheMap.com
I work as a travel writer and photographer and spend 7-8 months a year on the road, with 33 countries under my belt so far.


Solo travel

I travel solo about 85% of the times I travel, whether it's 3 day road trips or 6 week international adventures. I have traveled solo since I was 17, so I have a lot of experience in solo travel and safety, as well as how to integrate into a destination and meet people while traveling solo.


I have worked as a travel photographer for two years, and have sold my work privately as well as to publications and companies.

Language learning

I speak three languages fluently (English, Greek, Italian), am in the process of learning two more (Japanese and Spanish), and research and practice language learning almost daily.

Female travel

I have been a female solo traveler since I was 17 and have written plenty of articles on the subject. I have plenty of experience in female solo travel and safety.


I lived in Greece for 8 years and still spend 3 months a year back in my home country. I have explored plenty of islands and mainland Greece, and since I was raised in the country and have local friends, I can give great advice on how to navigate Greece like a local. I also know plenty of Greek destinations that are relatively unknown to tourists.

United States

I lived in New York for ten years and now live in Los Angeles, California as of five years ago. I have explored most of the Western and Southwestern US through frequent road trips, and have also explored many major US cities including Miami, Boston, New Orleans, Las Vegas, and Phoenix.


Interview on Affordable Travel by Brass Magazine