Mariepier is passionate about traveling and creating beautiful content along the way. She now lives full-time with her boyfriend in a modified Promaster Campervan (named Vanessa!) that they converted themselves - well, with their dads' help. She works on the road as a freelancer for various companies, including brands in the paddle boarding, tourism and van life industry. She is the perfect fit to be on the June team!
JS : What’s your all time favorite June Swimwear style and why?
MPB : The Charlie one-piece, the Yvonne bikini bottom and the Pépé top. They are simply perfect !
JS : Why did you choose to put your ‘’ normal life ‘’ on pause to discover the world?
MPB : Too many years of studies... When you think about it, I've been in school since I was 6 years old. Although I love what I do - study, research and content creation - I wanted to change my routine a little and live my daily life differently. How I like to explain it is: I’m not pausing anything to go to discover the world, I’m living abroad to work on the road and learn new things.
JS : You’ve traveled to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Tell us which one is your favorite and why?
MPB : Ah, that's a darn good question! Although it is very cold, I would say Unstad, a beach located in the Lofoten archipelago in northern Norway. When you have a beach to yourself, far away from home and you see killer whales playing in the water right in front of you, it just gives you the chills.
JS : We know you love travelling. What’s the next destination on the bucket list?
MPB : In January, my boyfriend, Vanessa and I are hitting the roads of North America for a 9 months period. From Mexico to Alaska, through the arduous roads of Colorado, the California coast and the Canadian plains, my goal is to finish my PhD and to work on the road creating content inspired by the people we will meet. That has been on my bucket list for a long time.
JS : What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned while travelling?
MPB : To trust people. Without being naive and taking decisions that can put me at risk, the most precious encounters I had came from conversations or moments when I have shown openness and absolute trust in others. Some interactions have forged the strongest friendships, others have changed my career or made me live the best experiences. Going wild boar hunting in New Zealand with a knife (and killing it yourself) is one to be remembered.
JS : Three things you cannot live without…ready, go!
MPB : Oh jeez!
- My dry shampoo (vanlife obligations)
- My lip balm (my lips are as dry as the Sahara desert)
- My laptop (adult life obligations)
JS : What are you listening to now?
MPB : Ziggy Alberts. My boyfriend just can’t take it anymore (and I really don’t care).
JS : Any advice for girls who would like to travel the world but are too scared to leave their comfort zone?
MPB : To have trust in life. It's horribly cheesy, but it's true! My mom always, always repeats that to me and it does help in various situations that are more uncertain or anxiety-provoking. I'm about to get it tattooed on my forehead. But let’s not tell my mother that, okay?!