About Me

Monique Skidmore TripAnthropologist owner

Hi! I'm Monique, a professional cultural anthropologist and travel writer

I created Trip Anthropologist for travelers like you who want to do more that just be tourists. It’s a site to inspire you about the rich cultures and millennia of history that are just waiting for you to explore when you take your next trip.

There are over 100 pages to explore some of the world’s most beautiful, fascinating and diverse peoples, cultures, ancient cities, street art, architecture and more.

Read on to learn a little more about me and why being an anthropologist gives you new eyes to see the world!

I am passionate about the advantages of travel – it can transform your life if you travel with your eyes wide open. How do I help people travel authentically? I break down and decode destinations and teach you how to look at a place ethnographically, publish content, and help plan your next itinerary.

monique in paris cafe
monique in oman

What anthropologists know

Cultural anthropologists go to the parts on the map that says, ‘Here Be Dragons.” We go to the creases on the map. In fact, anthropologists have traveled to the furthest, far-flung parts of the world – from the Arctic to the Amazon, to the African plains. We have looked, learned, listened, and participated. 

Being an Ethnographer

I have always had an insatiable curiosity about the richness and diversity of the world’s cultures and places. I love discovering new things – things that people make, build, cook, fear, and celebrate!

My travels have taken me to the remotest villages of the world as well as to its greatest global cities and ancient sites. 



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As an ethnographer I have lived, worked, studied and written about Burma (Myanmar) since 1994. I have written many books and articles about the country, its people, beauty, and terrible history of authoritarianism. You can check out some of these below.

Authentic Travel

Authentic travel is about having experiences by immersing yourself in the local worlds of the people and places you visit.

It’s about taking home not just selfies or souvenirs, but memories of adventures and experience that transform you (and your relationships) and the way that you see the world and your place in it


Monique from TripAnthropologist at Indonesian restaurant, Jakarta
monique at gembrook

Come Adventuring

By using me as your anthropological guide you’ll know what’s going on, where and why – what to see and why it’s all so fascinating!

Take a look through the many pages of destinations, experiences and itineraries to get you inspired for your next trip!

My books on Myanmar

TV interviews about Myanmar

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