Marlee Newman

Marlee Newman

Marlee is a self-proclaimed “lifeaholic.” She loves being outside, meeting new people and anything covered in cheese. During a service trip to Kenya in 2013, she caught the incurable travel bug and has been jumping around the world (literally and figuratively) ever since. Before Backroads, Marlee graduated from Virginia Tech then spent her post-college time in Switzerland and East Africa guiding for study abroad programs. She loves to lead Backroads trips because she’s able to encourage others to jump outside of their comfort zone and try new things—whether it’s hiking to the top of a mountain, learning a new language or giving that mysterious local street food a try.

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Italian chef sprinkling herbs onto pasta

Lasagna, pizza, bolognese, tortellini, Chianti... the list goes on. It's safe to say the Italians have cracked some kind of food and wine code. Wi...

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