Hello my love!
I’m so happy you’re here, and it’s no coincidence you are. I’m Danielle, and here’s my story:
The first question I usually get is where I’m from:
I was born in Beijing, China, but grew up in New York. My parents immigrated when I was 2 years old. (Yes, I speak Mandarin!)
I am a Myers-Briggs personality ENFP (The Idealist), although when I was working in finance I was an ESTJ (The Director) – interesting right?!, Gemini-Cancer cusp, and Generator by Human Design. My favorite foods are Sichuan, Italian, Thai, and Japanese. SO YUM!
Growing up, I checked off alllll the boxes that I thought would make me happy: graduate from an Ivy League university, live in New York City, get a prestigious job in finance for a big bank.
For most of my life actually, I thought I wanted corporate stability. At Cornell, I was a Teacher Assistant for Entrepreneurship Speaker Series, and I remember thinking all the successful entrepreneurial alumni had more experience, more money, more connections than me. That I couldn’t get started or be a successful entrepreneur myself. Can you say limiting beliefs?!
But looking back, entrepreneurship came naturally to me. In high school, I started a tutoring business teaching elementary school students piano and viola. In college, I majored in Economics and Marketing while side hustling on Craigslist and eBay. I learned while studying abroad at business schools in Milan and Hong Kong, I could work part-time online jobs that allowed me to work remotely and fund my travels.
I graduated early, volunteered in Cusco, Peru, and backpacked by myself through 12 countries, documenting my travels on my new Instagram and blog The Wanderlover.
Unsurprisingly, when I went back to Corporate America, I quickly learned a 9-5 job was not for me. I felt like a cog in the wheel, trapped with 15 vacation days, creativity stifled, arriving to the office before sunrise and leaving after sunset.
I would scroll through Instagram during the day, seeing influencers travel full-time, stay in 5-star resorts, create content, run online businesses, daydreaming about the day I’d be able to do the same. I then looked around the office at my managers and executives, and asked myself, “Is that where I want to be in a few years?” because that’s exactly where I would end up if I stayed on this path.
So I decided to take massive, inspired action.
During my lunch breaks and after work, I was on a mission to learn as much as I could and build an online business. I started to try any and all business ventures: directly contacting suppliers in China, dropshipping through Alibaba, Amazon FBA, selling bitcoin wallets, monetizing an online shop on my blog, content creation, selling shoutouts on The Wanderlover.
This was when I learned that not all online businesses are created equal. Once I figured out what strategies worked and had a solid understanding of the online ecosystem, sales started rolling in and I realized I no longer had to rely on a corporate salary. I realized I could build my online business and travel the world once again… but this time, permanently.
All it took was a carefully written letter of resignation & a bold step into full-time entrepreneurship that completely changed my life.
In 2017, I landed my first brand collaboration with a 5-star hotel in Paris while establishing myself as a travel influencer.
In 2018, I started traveling full-time and launched the 1st edition of The Travel Influencer Handbook
In 2019, The Wanderlover saw its first 5-figure month and landed a feature in Forbes.
In 2020, The Wanderlover Podcast was born, and the community scaled to over 100K+ travelers, creatives, side hustlers, and entrepreneurs.
In 2021, we opened doors to Wanderlover Business Academy 2.0 and saw our first 5-figure week.
All while working from the beaches of Hawai’i, Bali, Costa Rica, Brazil, and remote islands many people have never heard of.
If I can do it, you can too.
We are taught in society to pursue a safe, traditional, path in life. I’m here to encourage you to step outside your comfort zone, create your own freedom through entrepreneurship, and design a life you’re obsessed with.
If you feel drawn to my message, please look around! You’ll find lots of helpful resources around mindset, online business, social media, and travel. Also, my DMs on Instagram are always open!
Your journey to freedom starts here. Are you ready?!