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Traveling By Influence

Author Angie Banicki (L), Erica Cornwall and Josh Gold at the launch party for ’30 Before 30: Traveling Under The Influence’ at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotels Spare Room.Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images

“30 Before 30: Traveling Under the Influence,”  is a celebrity inspired travel memoir by Angie Banicki. Influencers like Rob Pattinson, Moby, Donovan Leitch, Topher Grace, Geoff Stults, Camille Gauty, Josh Meyers, Dylan Penn, Michael B Jordan, Alexander Dipersia, Chris Huvane and Movember Founder Adam Garone, all shared their must do items for other travel enthusiasts to experience.

Angie Banicki & Donovan Leitch

Banicki, a writer, connector, brander, tarot card reader and former publicist at Harrison Shriftman, resigned from her PR job after a decade to dedicate her life to tarot, travel and writing full-time. Over the course of her career she worked with hundreds of celebrities and influencers, winning them over as friends with her charming midwestern personality (she’s a Chicago Native) and bubbly positive outlook. Her training as a college Mascot at Northerwestern University in Chicago probably helped too, she still is always a great motivator and loves cheering others on.  Over time her enthusiasm for travel overcame her and she began collecting stories from those well traveled new friends on where to go, why and when. After encouragement from many, including her clients like Budweiser and Nintento, she realized her dreams and took action. Less than 5 years later, 30 by 30 was born after much editing, traveling, hard work and tears, her story of her goal of thirty places to travel before thirty turned into something bigger and with that her book was born, sharing her and her friends inspiration with you. You’ll get to enjoy suggested travel from Amaury Nolasco, Ben Silverman, Collin & Sam Hanks, Donald Sutherland, Garrett Headlund, Harley Pasternak, Ellen Pompeo, Eva Longoria, Jessica Simpson, Minnie Driver, Ne-Yo, Will Kopleman, and many more.
Chapters are broken down by “influencers,” who shared with her their favorite places, things to do or experiences in various cities throughout the world with sketches of each them at the start of each section, some of her experiences she did with them while others solo as she followed their suggestions on where, what or who to talk to.  They all begin with a copy of the email exchange between her and the influencer. Adventures are from all over the globe!  One of the most extreme is her getting a tattoo in Amsterdam (yes a REAL one) at the suggestion of David Arquette, with fun quotes and facts at the start and end of each story, and her “Tripping Point.” The quote that begins this chapter is: “Show me a man with a tattoo and I’ll show you a man with an interesting past,” Jack London.

David Arquette

If you need a momentary escape, or actually want suggestions on what to do and where, 30 Before 30 is a fun filled factual journey of the travels by one of the most enlightening and clever girls I’ve ever known. Angie is not only a friend you always miss, but someone who inspires, entertains and influences even the greatest of influencers. Her thanks and dedications to those of us lucky enough to call her a friend are so meaningful and full of heart I almost cry as I write this to you.
To purchase 30 Before 30 click here: Angie’s 30Before30


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Posted on: November 8, 2013