I am a designer who writes & travels. With a deep interest in storytelling, creative entrepreneurship, cross-cultural communication, & user experience research/design, I work with individuals & companies around the world. 

I believe DESIGN – and REdesign – is a powerful tool for communication.

I first was inspired to become a designer after a trip to Paris in high school. I saw decorated windows that caught my eye, and posters in the metro that were not only beautiful, but smart and clever too. (See my growing poster collection on pretavoyager.tumblr.com).

My work has spanned that of graphic designer and art director, and I think about experience design all the time, however, I most often consider myself to be a Communications Designer. While I incorporate design into my daily life and am more likely to teach others basic design skills than to take on design projects myself. However, from time to time I'll work on a day-rate basis depending on the project and the timing.

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Skillshare: InDesign in 30 Min, Basic InDesign, Designing Professional Documents (Résumé Redesign), Presentation DesignMap Making, Travel Posters


American University of Paris (50th anniversary logo)

Cho Benn Holback + Associates [architects]
* Smithsonian (wayfinding)
* Baltimore School for the Arts (signage)

As a WRITER I find stories that allow people to travel vicariously with me.

I founded Prêt à Voyager (translation: ready to travel) in 2007 as a way to explore the intersection of travel and design with the motto: travel is not about where you go but how you see the world. Over the years I've shared over 1500 posts which are best archived as Visit Paris, Life in France, and {Un}Glamorous Paris. I have contributed to numerous publications, and from 2008-2013 I worked as a Contributing Editor for Design*Sponge.

I share short thoughts on Twitter (@pretavoyager). I also share bigger ideas on Medium. and have a TinyLetter newsletter called "Underwater" about swimming pools + French bureaucracy. 🏊



Eurostar Creative Director (FastCoDesign)

Make Like a Parisian (EasyJet Traveller)

Pierre Jancou (Kinfolk)

Passive Progressive (Dwell)

Rachel Khoo Party (Anthology)

Fifi Mandirac (Anthology)

TRAVEL is not about where you go, but how you see the world.

I've been sharing my travels on Prêt à Voyager since 2007, and more recently through Instagram (@pretavoyager). In 2015 I was named a Top Paris Instagram Account to follow by Condé Nast Traveler and one of the most inspirational women travel bloggers to follow by Jetset Times. I offer bespoke Paris experiences and love connecting with people in person through Vayable as the top Paris guide (see mention in the NYTimes!), as well as through my own platform, Navigate Paris.

My MA Thesis was entitled CHANGING LANDSCAPES: Tourism & New Media in Morocco and I have an ongoing interest in place branding.

Places Anne has Traveled:
US (47 of 50 states) / Canada / UK / Bahamas / France / Spain / Czech Republic / Hungary / Italy / Switzerland / Cuba / Brazil / South Africa / Mauritius / India / Singapore / Vietnam / Hong Kong/ China / Japan / Egypt / Cameroon / The Netherlands / Germany / Cyprus / Iceland / Cambodia / Thailand / Panama / Morocco / Denmark / Belgium / Norway


The reason I love TEACHING is that I love learning.

My work as an educator, mentor, coach and facilitator wavers between online and offline worlds, traditional and non-traditional education, large groups and one-on-one consultations. I like being a bridge between different worlds, particularly teaching design to non-designers, or storytelling to those who have never blogged before. I teach in a way that skills can be applied beyond the project at hand, and become life skills. I'm a life-long learner and I also love sharing resources.

Studio/Practice is a side project with Lauren O'Neill which is a curated library of tips + tools for creative biz aka #thingsiwishilearnedinschool.

Anthropology & Art History, BA: University of Virginia '03
Wells College Program for the Arts in Paris, study abroad, fall '01
Semester at Sea, 10-country around the world study abroad program, spring '02
Publications Design, MA: University of Baltimore '06
Graphic Design Continuing Education: MICA, '07/08
Global Communications, MA: American University of Paris '11
Design Thinking Facilitator Training: DesignThinkers Academy '16



OpenClassrooms (UX design curriculum & course development)

Certified Design Thinking Facilitator (Design Thinkers Academy)

Skillshare (online classes)

Parsons Paris (Designer/Entrepreneur semester class, workshops)

American University of Paris (Digital Toolkit for Communication 3-day module)

Simplon (CV workshops)

Guest lecturer: Maryland Institute College of Art, American University of Paris

I see myself more as a CREATIVE COACH than a consultant.

Whether you're a brand or an individual I listen to your needs to help you get where you need to be. I love working with clients who are ready to invest the time to make changes that will have a lasting impact.

I also offer 1/2 day and full day Research Trips and Design Safaris in Paris for businesses, organizations and individuals researching a particular topic or trend. 

Areas of expertise: design thinking, storytelling, blogging, social media (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook), brand/blog collaborations, graphic design, place branding, education, freelancing, small business, entrepreneurship, social innovation, Paris, Paris trends, travel, surviving French bureaucracy.





Louis Vuitton (storytelling workshop + coach)

Havas Worldwide Paris

Airbnb (location scout + production assistant, France)

Adobe Creative Residency Mentor (for Christine Herrin)

IDEO (Paris local expert)

Sign Salad (research trip)

Parsons Paris (Communications Manager)

Leah Rosenberg (artist)

130+ custom Paris experiences

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Anne Stark Ditmeyer is an American design and communications consultant based in Paris, France. She founded Prêt à Voyager (translation: ready to travel) in 2007 to explore the intersection of travel and design with the mantra "travel is not about where you go, but how you see the world." Anne has never been one to take the traditional path, and enjoys collaborating with a range of clients in the realms of travel, design, and education, particularly through workshops and consultations.

Photo by Ashley Ludaescher. (More photos here).

[The above paragraph was written in 3rd person for when someone needs my bio.]

Random facts about me: I've lived in 5 U.S. states, 2 countries, and on a ship around the world, I love maps, I've visited a country for every year I've been alive,  I've visited all the public swimming pools in Paris, I'm featured in Lisa Congdon's book The Joy of Swimming, I was a coxswain on the men's crew team at UVA (I'm a very tall coxswain), I also know how to row (both sides), I enjoy taking hip-hop classes in French, I was able to stay in France because I started my own business, I never imagined the business section would be my favorite area in bookstores, I made a cameo in episode 6 of Rachel Khoo's 'The Little Paris Kitchen' on BBC, and I was an extra in the Pierce Brosnan/Emma Thompson movie 'The Love Punch' but I got cut.

Conferences and workshops I've attended and loved:  Annie Atkins: Graphic Design for Film workshop (Dublin), Robert McKee Storytelling Seminar (London), AdobeMax: Creativity Conference (San Diego)What Design Can Do (Amsterdam), DesignThinkers Academy (Amsterdam), Cultural Tourism Workshop (London), General Assembly (London), An Interesting Day (Oslo), Boisbuchet (France), Nearly Impossible (NYC), Design Thinkers (Toronto), School of Life Paris, 99U (NYC), Paula Scher Masterclass, Design Educators Conference (Baltimore), Edward Tufte one-day course,

Contact: pretavoyager@gmail.com




Vivre Paris (press, en français)

Design*Sponge 'After the Jump' on the importance of global connections

Creating Your Own Path: Anne Ditmeyer (& podcast episodes)

Khoollect interview

Inside Paris with an Urban Explorer (Huffington Post)

My Life in maps




Making It (Blogtacular, London 2014)

The Hive Berlin 2013