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Our Community

Join our vibrant community of storytellers who share their enriching experiences of

connecting with locals around the world! 

Are you passionate about immersing yourself in diverse cultures, forging meaningful connections, and capturing the essence of your adventures through words? If so, you're in the right place!

We're a collective of adventurers, writers, and cultural enthusiasts who believe in the transformative power of human connection. Whether you've explored hidden gems with locals, participated in ancient rituals, or simply shared heartfelt conversations over a cup of tea, your stories are invaluable.

If you're itching to be part of our community and share your unique perspective

with the world, we'd love to welcome you aboard!

Drop us a line to learn more about how you can contribute your tales of connection and discovery.

Let's weave a tapestry of cultural understanding together, one story at a time


Rodrigo Baena

Introducing Rodrigo Baena, the dynamic founder behind Long Life Locals. Hailing from Brazil, Rodrigo is more than just a happiness researcher—he's a passionate advocate for authentic experiences, meaningful connections and community.


With a passion for exploration, he ventures off the tourist trail to uncover hidden gems and immerse himself in the pulse of local communities.

As an author and speaker, Rodrigo shares his insights on finding happiness through cultural immersion and genuine connections.


Whether he's sampling street food, participating in traditional rituals, or engaging in heartfelt conversations with locals, Rodrigo's journey embodies the spirit of curiosity and discovery.

Through Long Life Locals, Rodrigo invites others to join him on a journey of exploration, where every encounter becomes an opportunity to learn, grow, and celebrate the diverse tapestry of our world.

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Dunya Zina

Meet Dunya, a vibrant speech pathologist with a passion for dance, singing, and celebrating cultural diversity.

Born from the fusion of American and Tunisian roots, Dunya embodies the rich tapestry of cross-cultural experiences. Her love for exploration extends beyond borders as she delves into the nuances that unite us through language and expression.

When she's not immersed in the world of speech pathology and accent modification, Dunya can be found twirling on the dance floor or serenading with her melodious voice. Her deep-seeded curiosity drives her to uncover the intricacies of different cultures, finding beauty in the differences that enrich our global community.

With a palate attuned to the flavors of the world, Dunya's heart belongs to Middle Eastern cuisine, where every bite is a journey in itself. Through her passions for dance, singing, and culinary exploration, Dunya invites others to join her in celebrating the mosaic of human experience that binds us all together.


Rejane Esmanhoto 

Allow me to introduce Rejane, a spirited soul hailing from the vibrant city of Curitiba, Brazil. With a background in furniture design, Rejane's creative spark knows no bounds. But beyond her artistic pursuits, she possesses an insatiable thirst for connection and cultural immersion.

Rejane's wanderlust led her on an unforgettable journey to Asia, where she embarked on a quest of self-discovery. Amidst the bustling streets and tranquil landscapes, she found fragments of herself reflected in the faces of locals and the rhythms of daily life.

Passionate about forging genuine connections, Rejane thrives on delving into the heart and soul of each destination she visits. Whether she's exchanging stories over a cup of tea or admiring the craftsmanship of local artisans, her travels are imbued with a sense of wonder and appreciation for the world around her.

As she continues to weave her own narrative across continents, Rejane invites others to join her in embracing the beauty of cultural exchange and the transformative power of exploration.

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Patricia Faria

Meet Patricia, a dynamic force of maternal strength and cultural exploration, whose journey spans continents and celebrates the beauty of human connection.

Originally from Brazil, Patricia's early travels within her homeland ignited a passion for exploring her culture and connecting with locals. But her thirst for adventure led her to Italy, where she embraced the richness of Italian life.

Now, in the USA with her husband and two daughters, Patricia has created a vibrant community. Through her warmth and determination, she fosters connections with people from all walks of life, embracing the diversity around her.

Patricia's journey is a testament to the power of courage, resilience, and the unbreakable bonds that unite us. In every encounter, she finds joy in connecting, learning, and celebrating the mosaic of cultures that enrich our world.

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Join Our Global Community of Storytellers! 

Are you a passionate traveler with a knack for weaving captivating tales? Do you find joy in connecting with locals and supporting local businesses on your adventures? If so, we invite you to be part of our vibrant community!

Here at Long Life Locals, we believe in the power of storytelling to foster cultural understanding and celebrate the beauty of human connection. That's why we're extending an invitation for you to share your experiences with us through monthly articles.

Whether you're savoring street food in Bangkok, learning traditional dances in Rio de Janeiro, or supporting artisans in Marrakech, your stories have the power to inspire and enlighten others. By sharing your adventures, you'll not only immortalize your experiences but also contribute to a global dialogue that celebrates diversity and unity.

Join us in spreading the joy of exploration, one article at a time.


Together, let's create stories that honors the richness of our world and the connections that bind us all.

Ready to share your journey with the world?

Get in touch and become a part of our storytelling community today

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