My name is Madison and welcome to my travel blog, Madison’s Footsteps! I’m a social media influencer and blogger passionate about travel, fashion and sustainable living. I enjoy creating quality travel content for my Instagram page and sharing tips for visiting my favorite destinations on my travel blog.
I fell in love with travel when I was 19 years-old and took my first solo-flight from Chicago O’Hare to Roma Fiumicino to start my study abroad semester. After the best semester of my life, I spent a summer interning in New York City, then flew home to Madison, WI to finish up my degree and figure out what I wanted to do with it.
After graduation, I ended up taking a job in Florence, Italy for a student travel company, Bus2alps. I spent the next 18 months living in a centuries-old apartment in the Santa Croce neighborhood and planning epic weekend trips for study abroad students to multiple European destinations (and one in Northern Africa). I learned so much about myself during that year and a half traveling and guiding others through the best semester of their lives.
After leaving Florence in late 2019, I was faced with the difficult task of finding a travel job during a global pandemic, needless to say, that was impossible. With all my newly found free time, I purchased Christina Galbato’s Influencer Bootcamp (as well as Christina Galbato’s Blogger Bootcamp) and spent my days redesigning my blog, growing my Instagram following and collaborating with brands. Sadly, one paying gig and a lot of free products over 5 months doesn’t pay the bills, so I turned to Kathryn Kiefer’s VA Vault and landed my first client as a Virtual Assistant.
Months later, I’m LOVING my new life as a part-time Virtual Assistant, part-time social media influencer/blogger. I’m taking new courses and learning new things every day about travel, content creation and becoming a successful entrepreneur (that’s right y’all, I officially filed for my LLC!).
My true calling lies with my travel blog and I aim to share my passions for travel and sustainability with the world as well as inspire young women to live out their wildest dreams of wandering the globe. A little about me on the personal side, my favorite things include handwritten menus, rooftop bars and both starting and ending the day with a strong, Italian espresso (I’m an Italian girl at heart). I have a slight addiction to both Family Guy and crime TV (a weird combo, I know), spend my days snuggling my sweet and whiny chocolate lab named Vinny and am counting down the days (and the numbers in my bank account) until I can pack up and move out West for my next adventure.
If you’ve landed on my website in the hopes of a brand collaboration, I’m always interested in collaborating with brands that fit my niche and would interest my audience. To discuss a collaboration, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, get in touch via my collab page or send me a direct message on Instagram.
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ciao for now, madison
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