My name is Noelle Khalila, the founder and chief visionary officer for The Domestic Tourist. I am a creative soul living a life of passion and purpose; a wild adventurer whose island-hopping, globe-trotting journeys have taken me to African mountain tops, Malaysian rivers, and most importantly, over 23 islands and major cays in the Islands of The Bahamas. I embody the spirit of the Domestic Tourist, as the number one champion of travel to the Out Islands and the preeminent purveyor of authentic local experiences.
My inspiration for The Domestic Tourist came out of a tragic event that changed the course of my life completely. My business partner, best friend, and future husband was diagnosed with stage three stomach cancer. He died three months after. And as I navigated my way back to life, I took a week-long healing journey to Long Island, The Bahamas. With a backpack, a bicycle, a tent and about $200, I traveled over 40 miles from the North to the South of Long Island, discovering, exploring and teaching myself to live again. In reconnecting with my island soul, I found healing and inspiration to share my passion for island-hopping with the world.
What's next? Transforming The Domestic Tourist from a blog into a full-blown experiential travel company that take guests into the homes and lives of everyday island people to share and connect for the love of adventure. There is an alchemy that occurs when real people connect over shared passions and curiosities. It is the joy in this transformative process I want to share with the world.