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Hello, We Are My Rooftop Stories

  My Rooftop Stories is a travel and lifestyle blog dedicated to telling stories.

 

We love traveling and the many life experiences it has given us. On My Rooftop Stories, we share interesting travel encounters, tips, and anecdotes about the destinations we visit. We are performing artists, television, and music aficionados.

 

Our goal is to share what we love and let our passion for travel provide inspiration for your next destination. Find out more about us.  

 

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Meet Our Founder & Editor

Gina Duncan
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Sitting on her rooftop as a child in New York City watching the airplanes take off from LaGuardia Airport, Gina would dream and write about all the journeys she wanted to go on. 

 

She started traveling in college. Since then, she has been sharing her passion for travel by planning and leading teen trips through Europe and the United States.

 

Two years ago she created My Rooftop Stories, a community of writers dedicated to telling their travel stories. Gina has been featured by various media outlets, including Global Girl Life and Voyage Atlanta.

 

Still wanting to inspire young people, she invites teen writers to share their perspective on travel and other lifestyle content.

 

This year My Rooftop Stories is launching writing training opportunities for

ages 13-19. 

What We Do

My Rooftop Stories is a community of travel and lifestyle writers.

 

We share our travel stories and our passions here online and on Instagram @myrooftopstories

 

 

        Travel Advice: We provide travel advice and tips on destinations around the world.

 

 

        Student Writers: We mentor high school and college-age students giving them support and feedback on the story writing process. Visit our Young Writers page to discover how to join us.

 

 

        Promotional Brands: We introduce our followers to our favorite brands. We are authentic in our desire to share brands that have value for our readers.

Meet TheTeam

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Friendships
Gina Duncan

Founder and Editor

A Trip Nickname I Received:  GP 

 

First Travel Memory: Trip to Jamaica

 

Favorite Destinations: Barcelona, Tokyo, and anywhere in Ireland

 

Worst Travel Experience: Falling in a bog and breaking two fingers on my first day of a week-long solo backpacking excursion and in the middle of a two-month trip.

 

Favorite Television Shows: Grey's Anatomy and This Is Us

 

Other Passions: yoga, flamenco, tap, ballet, journaling, video editing, and watching television

 

Bucket List Destinations: Rome, the Isle of Skye, Mumbai, Cantabria, Bali, Lourdes, and Reykjavik

Stokes
Stokes OShields

Senior Contributor

Stokes is a graduate of Agnes Scott College in Atlanta. She is the gallery director at The Loft, an art gallery on the Historic Marietta Square.

First Travel Memory: Going to the beach with my family and being terrified of the water. I was so scared that I spent one vacation in the car while everyone else enjoyed the sun and surf. Once I was brave enough to get into the water, I have loved it ever since. 

 

Favorite Destinations: the Cliffs of Moher in Ireland

 

Worst Travel Experience: Getting sick while traveling to London for my study abroad. I took melatonin and woke up to turbulence that made me very nauseous. Thankfully the entire rest of the trip was amazing! 

 

Favorite Television Shows: The Crown, The Mandalorian, The Great British Baking Show

 

Other Passions: art, photography, and macrame

 

Bucket List Destinations: Scotland, New Orleans, the Grand Tetons, Japan, the Grand Canyon

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Elon Graves

Senior Contributor

Elon is a journalist with dreams of making an impact. She is a recent graduate of Arizona State University where she majored in Journalism with a focus in Public Relations. She enjoys writing about the injustices of society, influences on music, and how culture shapes people.

 

A Fun Fact: Elon is a hip-hop dancer 

 

 

 

 

Katy
Katy Matello

Senior Contributor

Katy teaches high school students Social Studies, Holocaust, and Genocide Studies. Her training has taken her to Poland as one of ten Auschwitz Jewish Center Fellows. 

 

News: Katy and her husband Ryan welcomed a baby girl this year.

 

Favorite Destinations: Montepulciano, Italy, St. George Island (Florida), and Alaska

 

Favorite Television Show: Grey's Anatomy

 

Other Passions: reading, gardening, and playing with her fur babies

Martha
Martha Sanderson

Senior Contributor

Martha is a high school Science teacher. She has lived in Maine and studied as a Marine Biologist. Martha loves being outdoors, hiking, kayaking, and exploring. She loves to travel with her significant other.

 

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Abbi Stickels

Student Contributor

Abbi is a junior at the University of Wisconsin where she is a dance major. She loves traveling to experience different cultures, new cuisines, and meet interesting people. 

 

A Fun Fact: Abbi is an avid activist, she champions the underdog and is not afraid of speaking up on her social media.

 

Favorite Destinations: Yellow Stone, and Arches National Park, Mount St. Helens, and the Grand Canyon

 

Other Passions: hiking national parks

 

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Julia Duncan

Senior Contributor

Morgan
Morgan Moore

Student Contributor

Julia is a recent graduate of the University of Georgia where she was a double major in sports management and advertising. She’s already been to three continents, North America, Europe, and Africa.

A.K.A.: JuJu

 

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Favorite Destinations: Uganda, London, and Alaska

 

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Other Passions: photography

 

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Morgan is a sophomore at Rhodes College.

 

Favorite Destinations: Philadelphia because of its vibrant street art

Other Passions: photography, fashion, and exercise

 

Bucket List Destinations: Italy

 

Student Guest Writer
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Michael Duncan

Michael moved from home to finish his senior year as a trainee for Cincinnati Ballet in Ohio. He will return there for the 2021-22 season.

 

He is a Renaissance man, not only does he dance, he has performed in several plays, been an extra in the “Hunger Games” movies, and won awards in culinary competitions. Michael is also an avid runner and sports aficiando. 

 

 

Traveling to Alaska was the highlight of his 9th grade summer. He hopes to hike all the national parks and to visit all 50 U.S, states but first on his list are California, Seattle, the Grand Canyon, Denver, and Niagara Falls.