About Us

Here at Geek Travel Guide, we identify with Simon Pegg’s definition of geek:

Being a geek is all about being honest about what you enjoy and not being afraid to demonstrate that affection. It means never having to play it cool about how much you like something. It’s basically a license to proudly emote on a somewhat childish level rather than behave like a supposed adult.

Simon Pegg

That’s why you’ll find information on everything from Disney and Dungeons & Dragons to rockets and roller coasters here at Geek Travel Guide.

An Idea in Astoria

Geek Travel Guide Founder Dawn Allcot realized she needed a travel website while traipsing across Queens on assignment for a mainstream travel blog. As she entered the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, Queens, she happened across displays showcasing Star Trek, The Dark Crystal, and ’80s coin-op video games.

She knew she could write pages on – and spend hours in – any one of these three areas of the museum – but her assignment was limited to a few hundred words on each museum. She realized she needed an outlet to cover the sights, attractions, and media she is passionate about, going into as much depth as needed to help others discover that same passion.

“Fall In Love”

A seasoned content writer and journalist, Dawn’s work has appeared on hundreds of websites and in national print publications. While paying the bills is nice, Dawn feels it’s an amazing luxury and privilege to be able to write about what she loves.

GTG combines Dawn’s passions for travel, Disney, food and drinks, and “geekier” topics like science fiction, fantasy, and technology, all in a fun and informative manner.

It also incorporates the passions of the rest of the team, including COO Rae Redford, Section Editors Sarah Wood and Chandi Gilbert, and Staff Writer T.J. Allcot.

Drawing on the diverse interests of this talented team, GTG brings something for virtually everyone: Gamers, Viewers, Readers, Makers, and Dreamers! And, of course, wayfaring folk and go-Gitters with a passion for travel and entertainment.

As Elon Musk said in a CNBC interview, “So when you work on something, if you fall in love with it, that’s a good sign – and then don’t worry about if others do. If you do, others will.”

Our goal here at GTG is to create content we love writing, expecting that other geeks will find it and love it, too.

Take a moment to meet our team:

Dawn Allcot
Dawn Allcot

Dawn Allcot is the owner and founder of Allcot Media, Inc., a boutique content marketing firm. A content marketing writer and strategist primarily covering technology, real estate, HR, and finance, her work has appeared on sites such as Forbes, Bankrate, and the award-winning Chase website. Dawn comes from a 20+ year editorial background as the editor of technology trade and niche consumer magazines, including Paintball Sports Magazine. (Yes, she plays.) As a lifelong geek, she founded GTG to share her passions for travel and exploration with the world. Learn more at www.allcotmediamarketing.com.

Rae Redford
Rae Redford

Rae is a writer, Dungeon Master, cross-stitch and crochet pattern designer, and a fiber artist. She has been an international dog show planner, a video game developer, a band & choir geek, a musical lover, and a role player. She’s worked for both Disney and LEGO, has raised two amazing and geeky children, and just got engaged to the red yeti of her dreams. She loves learning new things and surrounding herself with artifacts from all of the fandoms she’s passionate about.

Chandi Gilbert
Chandi Gilbert

Chandi is entering her fourth year as a full-time content writer and has written for ContenaWellMe, and Ipnos, among many other notable companies. Her specialties include how-to guides, healthcare topics, and naturism. As a professional introvert, she discovers new ways to avoid phone calls every day. Working from home with her three dogs who pull double duty as her creative directors and heads of security is her favorite part of freelancing. In her other life, as a gamer, she’s saved and destroyed many worlds, died of tuberculosis at least once, and recently found out she’s a clone. You can find out more at ChandiGilbert.com. Say hi!

Sarah Wood
Sarah Wood

Sarah began their career as a full-time freelance content marketing writer in 2019, but they’ve been writing stories since they could spell. Sarah wouldn’t be writing now if it weren’t for anime fanfiction. Now, they write about mental health, pets, Japanese language and culture, and LGBTQ+ topics. Their work has appeared in The Conversationalist, Ikigai Connections, and bluntly. Visit their website at sarahwoodwrites.com.