Meet Julie Hochheiser Ilkovich, Career Expert and Belize Enthusiast


This week’s guest is Julie Hochheiser Ilkovich, a career expert and content specialist who spent 6 weeks in Belize as a digital nomad. Julie’s career advice chas been featured in many media outlets, including USA Today, Cosmopolitan, Woman’s DayHuffPost Live, Crain’s New York,, and Good Day New York. She is also the Co-Founder, Managing Partner, and President of Editorial Operations at Masthead Media Company and the Vice President of Young Professional Programming for New York Women in Communications. Julie was previously the editorial director of Digital at Alloy Entertainment/Warner Bros. (creators of Gossip Girl, Pretty Little Liars, and The Vampire Diaries), site director for the Hearst Teen Network (which includes, and an editor and on-air personality at AOL RED, AOL’s teen channel. In 2014, Julie and her husband decided to leave their busy New York life behind for a 6-week stay in Caye Caulker, Belize.

Let’s learn more about Julie!

What was your first trip?

I have so many important firsts! First trip I remember: Disney World. First International Trip: Canada. First Trip(s) That Sparked My Love of Travel: Traveling around Europe while studying abroad.

Who’s been your best travel companion?

It definitely depends on the trip! My husband and I are perfect travel companions, which is a huge win! I also love to travel with my two sisters. I have a group of friends from college who I go away with every year and we have a blast! And then a lot of girlfriends who I love having a girls weekend with! (But I have definitely learned that just because you like/love someone does not mean you will be good travel buddies!)

What are three things you always take with you when you travel?

1) iPhone (I use it for so much more than communication. It’s also a map, book, TV, etc. My headphones are a must!) 2) DevaCurl Hair Gel: I have specific curly-haired needs so I need my gel if I want to look my best on the trip. 3) SPF: I wear it on my face and hands every single day and never leave home without it!

What’s your favorite souvenir you’ve acquired?

A whale keychain from Hawaii. I was absolutely obsessed with watching the whales when I traveled to Maui and seeing the keychain is a wonderful reminder of my time in that gorgeous place!

Give us one reason why you travel.

The food!



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