Yana has studied in The Netherlands where she graduated with a Bachelors degree in European studies. She spent an Erasmus exchange in Salamanca and later on completed an internship at the Council of the European Union in Brussels. Yana speaks fluent English and Spanish and could get around in Dutch, Russian and French. At present she is doing her Masters degree in International Journalism.

Yana is passionate about travelling, languages and photography. Life in four European countries only strengthened her thirst for discovering new cultures. Interested in people’s around-the-globe adventure stories, she is always up for a walk off the beaten track. Yana's master plan for the near future is to get hold of an old-fashioned camper van and live on the road for a couple of years.