Meet the face
behind the posts

I am Yndiana Montes-Fogelquist, a Venezuelan-American journalist, living now in Boone, North Carolina. I've been a travel writer for more than 30 years. Venezuela was so close to the Dutch-speaking Caribbean that I started covering tourism for these Islands first, and then in the Anglo-speaking Caribbean. From Aruba to Trinidad and Tobago, and Jamaica, these Caribbean island destinations were like home to me.

I founded the company SoloCaribe Inc., in 1990 to organize a number of activities, including my participation in trade shows, conferences, press trips, and diving trips; also, creating news letters, websites, developing content, translating and disseminating press materials . . .  all to promote the Caribbean in Latin America, (including Brazil). I specialize in sustainable tourism: natural wonders, cultural traditions, best practices, and conservation initiatives.

Throughout the years, I have received many awards and acknowledgments from organizations such as the Jerry Award of the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) and the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association (CHTA), and most recently the OMPT 2021 Award (Organización Mundial de Periodismo Turístico,) and the "Excellence in Communicating Sustainable Development," an award specially created by the faculty of the Sustainable Development Department of Appalachian State University for the work I did when I was an undergraduate student with them. My concentration was Environmental Studies.

Currently, I'm enjoying new challenges: Managing a local social media platform for North Carolina (besides my International one), and working on  a Master's degree in Appalachian Studies at Appalachian State University.

On this, my personal website, I share a wide range of materials: reports, papers, news, pictures, videos, podcasts, new tourism projects, and everything I love about being able to live in Boone, North Carolina. I embrace sustainable living, sustainable development, sustainable tourism, and I engage with environmental causes, food security campaigns, climate change activists, and proponents of a healthy life style.

As a Hispanic writer and communication specialist, I care about all things Latinx. The recently created App Latinx platform is intended to support the initiatives that take us into consideration. My husband, a professor of Spanish at Appalachian State University, now partners with me on several of these social media platforms, bringing his eclectic knowledge of the Spanish-speaking world and language skills to the table.

Thanks for joining me in my daily life and adventures!

Yndiana Montes-Fogelquist

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