Maya Northen

Philadelphia, PA

I am a wanderer, dreamer, adventurer and extrovert by nature. I own a travel planning company, Chimera Travel, and love to help others explore and experience the world as fully as possible. Creatively, I express myself through my writing - sharing my travels, advice, stories and lessons learned around the world - via Chimera's blog, TraveLuxe e-magazine and my personal blog. I'm active in social media, overseeing accounts for my business and several industry organizations, and am branching out into social media and blog marketing for stand-alone luxury accommodations.

I'm incredibly passionate about the travel and hospitality industries, and am involved in several industry organizations. I currently serve as the Vice President of Membership for the Philadelphia Area Chapter of Meeting Professionals International (PAMPI) and am the President of the Delaware Valley Chapter of American Society of Travel Agents (DV ASTA).

In addition to my work in travel I'm a budding advocate for mood disorder and mental health awareness, education, and support. I write a blog with these topics as a frequent focus, and I oversee a Facebook group for support for those with mood disorders, anxiety disorders, and other mental health conditions.

When I'm not working, traveling, or participating in industry events, I'm often spending time with those close to me, reading, working out or learning/exploring something new.