Back at the end of 2013 we started NOMADasaurus as a simple travel blog to document our adventures around the world.
As time has passed this website has grown and developed into something a whole lot more. It’s not just us, Alesha and Jarryd, keeping things rolling anymore.
We’ve expanded to have a wonderful team behind us, creating content, exploring new destinations and bringing the best in adventure travel to the world!
Meet the NOMADasaurus Team!
Alesha Bradford, Co-Founder / Creative Director / Chief Animal Lover
With an insatiable appetite for adventure, happiness, prosperity and hilarity, Alesha is someone who has never accepted the unremarkable to be a part of her life.
Raised on a farm in a small outback town in Western Australia (when we say small, imagine 200 people and her closest neighbour being 10km away), Alesha quickly grew wanderlust for the bigger world and left home at the age of 20 to explore her own country and its neighbour, New Zealand.
When farther-flung places called her name, she leapt over the ocean to North America, where she worked and partied her way across the continent (until she met Jarryd of course). With nearly 100 countries now under her belt, she stares out into the distance and constantly dreams about what is on the other side of the horizon. She doesn’t let dreams stop her though, and she’s always jetting off to do things like go trekking in the mountains of Tajikistan or go kayaking in Antarctica.
Bringing a dose of sensibility to the company, Alesha adds direction and purpose to the adventure and is the humble photographer and creative director behind the majority of the wonderful images seen on NOMADasaurus. She is also the harmonica player, despite not knowing how to play the harmonica.
Jarryd Salem, Co-Founder / CEO / Adventure Junkie
Explorer and anthropologist. Writer and teacher. Musician and artist. Philosopher and travel guide.
These are all professions that Jarryd has very little skills and attributes in, but that doesn’t stop him from trying.
Born in Sydney, Australia, Jarryd was bitten hard by the travel bug early on in his life and at the age of 20 left his home to be a ski bum in Canada. 12 years later, he still wants to be a ski bum, but has instead substituted that life for one of discovering new, exciting places all over the world.
With an all-encompassing passion for snow, mountain and water sports, and a love of travel and adventure, he endeavours to bring his enthusiasm for life to the far corners of the globe and inspire others to do the same.
Jarryd runs the business side of things at NOMADasaurus and is the CEO of the digital marketing agency, Peak Evolution Media. He is also the chief editor for the site, and the author behind many of the stories you’ll find here. His writing skills peaked at the ripe old age of 12, when he was awarded the coveted “Letter of the Month” in an Australian surfing magazine, and as a result won a custom-made surfboard. He has continued to write to this day, still hoping that someone will give him another surfboard for his ramblings. So far this has been unsuccessful.
Chris Harvey, Head of Content and Strategy
Chris has a passion for both travel and writing now for nearly 20 years. As a young adult he set out on his first solo-backpacking trip through Europe. A second journey throughout South America shortly thereafter solidified his passion to travel.
Chris has taught secondary school and has experienced success as a documentary filmmaker and businessman. He and his wife, Lindsay, also fostered 24 children while preparing for their greatest journey yet. Currently, Chris, Lindsay and their cattle dog Everest live out of their truck camper as they drive from Alaska to Argentina. You can follow his journey on their website, Called To Wander, as they share inspiration and information for transforming lives through travel.
Chris officially joined the NOMADasaurus team in 2019 as our Head of Content and Strategy. He manages our community of writers, and is in charge of the direction of the site’s travel content.
Natalia Djajic, Jedi Assistant
Natalia was born in a country that no longer exists (Yugoslavia) but grew up in Belgrade, Serbia. Since a young age, she enjoyed travelling and exploring new cultures, which lead her all across Europe and eventually to the US, where she spent her summers during her university years.
She is currently Paris, where she will stay for two years to obtain her Masters in Management. She loves storytelling and enjoys working in the travel industry. Her passions are street photography, music festivals and surprisingly, boxing too.
She currently works for NOMADasaurus as our head assistant, keeping things running smoothly behind the scenes.
Gabby Boucher, Team Writer
Gabby is from a small town in Massachusetts, USA. After getting a degree in International Relations and studying in London, she started doing work exchanges all over the world to experience new cultures and learn new skills. She has bartended in Peru and learned permaculture in South Africa. She has worked as a tour guide in Italy, an apple picker in rural Australia, and a housekeeper in Portugal. She manages to find a dog best friend in every country she visits. Her blog, Budget Travel with Gabby is where she documents her adventures and shares her tips for travelling cheaply.
Richard Barnes, Team Writer
Richard is originally from the UK, and fell in love with travelling at an early age. A 6-month trip through South East Asia and the Pacific lead to 7 years living in Beijing running a school and working as a musician. After getting married in 2018 Richard and his wife Miranda packed up their bags and headed off on a year long trip across Oceania, the Caucasus, Central Asia, China and Japan. He is passionate about all things Chinese and is a fluent Mandarin speaker. He spends his time playing music and exploring his current home of London. Check out Richard and his wife Miranda over at their site, www.abearandapig.com
Sasha Savinov, Team Writer
One of our official NOMADasaurus team writers, Sasha, along with his lovely wife Rachel, are the Grateful Gypsies – a world travelling, English-teaching, jamband-following couple passionate about travel, culture, and music. They kindly hosted Alesha and Jarryd on their couch in Kunming, China back in 2015, and have been friends ever since. From working in Beijing to studying in Bali to traversing the USA on Phish tour, you can follow them on their long, strange tour at Grateful Gypsies.
Amanda Tran, Team Writer
Born and raised in Australia, Amanda has always loved international travel and adventure. After quitting her law career in 2016, she and her husband, Daniel, set off to backpack around the world and pursue their dreams of writing and photography. Together, they’ve travelled through the Americas, South East Asia, Europe and the Middle East. She is passionate about sustainable and adventure travel and spends her time freediving and snowboarding. She loves encouraging people to explore outside of their comfort zones and likes writing articles to help people travel better and cheaper. You can check out more of their work on their site Explore Wider and follow them on Instagram.
Lindsay Harvey, Team Writer
Lindsay is the better half of Called to Wander. A passionate photographer, Lindsay has been travelling across North America with her husband and her Australian Cattle Dog in their truck camper documenting their experience. She is attempting to travel from Alaska to Argentina while overcoming Crohn’s Disease in order to inspire others to pursue their travel dreams.
Laura Oxley, Team Writer
Laura is a Canadian based content creator who has had the opportunity to call the Canadian Rocky Mountains, Australia, New Zealand and most recently England home. Her travel experiences have taken her to the volcanoes of Central America, the waterfalls of Hawaii, the castles of England, and much more. She thrives in visiting new places and exploring off the beaten track destinations on a budget. She began blogging before she even knew what it was and a passion for photography fueled her to create She Who Wanders where she shares all her travel guides and photos.
Interested in joining the team? Read more about it here and get in touch with your ideas!