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Whether you are a seasoned traveler or just starting out, this award-winning podcast will inspire and motivate you - while providing helpful travel tips and resources. Join savvy miles & points traveler Jet Set Lisette as she has conversations with diverse women who have found creative ways to travel more. Their stories offer insight and practical advice on how to make dream travel a reality.

About Jet Set Lisette: In 2012, web designer Lisette Austin learned how to “travel hack,” earning millions of airline miles and hotel points and saving (so far) over $100K in travel costs. She now helps others do the same through her online course, Jet Set 101: Becoming a Travel Hacker. She loves to help others find ways to travel more.
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I talk with Liz Warner, an inspiring woman who combined her love of travel with helping others. In early 2019, Liz launched Run to Reach, an 18-month fundraising campaign based on running 30 marathons in 30 countries before turning 30. Her goal was to raise money to support local women-empowerment organizations in each country. We talked only a few days after she successfully completed her project. Liz shares what sparked her love of travel, why she started running, and what inspired her to create Run to Reach. She also shares some challenges, and how this unique experience has changed her. What You'll Learn What sparked Liz’s love of travel What led her to start running marathons How the idea of Run to Reach was born Her experience living in Japan for 5 years Her approach to her international project How she managed to finish all 30 marathons, despite the pandemic How much she raised for organizations About the subculture of marathon travelers How she funded her project and travel costs About her final two races which happened during the COVID-19 pandemic and the anti-racism uprising What Paris has been like during the pandemic How the Run to Reach project transformed her What her future plans are About Liz Warner Born and raised in Atlanta, Liz turned to running almost 7 years ago while living in Tokyo as a way of grappling with her father’s recent passing. Soon after, she decided to combine her new love of running with her passion for travel and deep, deliberate exploration of other cultures. In 2019, Liz launched Run to Reach, an 18-month marathon fundraising campaign with the goal of running 30 marathons in 30 countries before turning 30 in June of 2020. She raised $51,000 to support local, women-empowerment organizations in each country visited. Instrumental to Liz’s mission was her desire to leave a positive social impact on the countries she visited, one equal to their impact on her. Liz’s journey has taken her everywhere from the dense jungles of Sierra Leone, to turquoise waters in Yemen, to the central highlands of Afghanistan – undertaking some of the world’s toughest marathons. Whether it’s transforming education facilities in local towns and villages or providing women with the resources they need to become leaders of change, Liz hopes that Run to Reach will support change around the world. You can find out more about Liz on the Run to Reach website, and say hi to her on Instagram or Facebook. This episode is sponsored by Waypoint Goods, makers of beautiful and functional travel scarves and journals. Globetrotter Lounge podcast listeners get a 15% discount –  enter JETSET at checkout. The episode is also sponsored by Manta Sleep. Their sleep masks and other sleep accessories help you maximize enjoyment of life and unlock your full potential through achieving quality sleep. Use JETSET to get 10% off at checkout. Enjoyed this episode?  If so, please rate, review and subscribe as it really helps more people find the show...I would so appreciate it. If you'd like to know more about me, you can find me via my website or on social media: @jetsetlisette.
I talk with Nour Brahimi, the first female Algerian travel vlogger. In 2019, Africa Youth Awards named her one of the 100 most influential young Africans. Later that year, she was nominated as Algeria's best Instagrammer and YouTuber of 2019. Nour shares how and why she started traveling, the challenges of being a female travel content creator in a male dominated industry, and some of her favorite travel experiences. She also shares a story from a recent trip to Latvia that restores faith in humanity and basic kindness. What You'll Learn What sparked Nour’s desire to travel The business she started that took off unexpectedly What inspired her to start creating travel videos Where she has traveled in the last 3 years Some of her favorite destinations How she ended up being on a TV show in Lebanon More about her YouTube channel and video content A wonderful travel story from her trip to Latvia Some of the challenges she has faced as a female Algerian vlogger About the recognition she is currently getting How she is navigating the pandemic Some of her future travel dreams How travel has changed her Her tips for those wanting to travel more Where to find Nour Brahimi Say hi to Nour on YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and Tik Tok. Resources Mentioned The 100 Most Influential Young Africans for 2019 Nour’s video: Traveling Changed Me This episode is sponsored by Waypoint Goods, makers of beautiful and functional travel scarves and journals. Globetrotter Lounge podcast listeners get a 15% discount –  enter JETSET at checkout. The episode is also sponsored by Manta Sleep. Their sleep masks and other sleep accessories help you maximize enjoyment of life and unlock your full potential through achieving quality sleep. Use JETSET to get 10% off at checkout. Enjoyed this episode?  If so, please rate, review and subscribe as it really helps more people find the show...I would so appreciate it. If you'd like to know more about me, you can find me via my website or on social media: @jetsetlisette.
In this episode I talk with Kylee Nelson, a Neonatal Infant Care Unit travel nurse and solo traveler. She is the creator of the Passports and Preemies blog, which provides travel tips, resources and inspiration for nurses and travelers. She also provides one-on-one mentoring. Kylee shares what sparked her love of travel, how she made the leap from staff to travel nursing, why she loves solo travel and how it helps her prevent burnout. Kylee also shares some great travel stories, including a very expensive mistake she made early on. What You'll Learn What sparked Kylee’s love of travel Why she started travel nursing What nurse burnout looks like How travel has helped her prevent burnout Steps to becoming a travel nurse Why she loves exploring the U.S. (and one of her fave towns in the Pacific Northwest) Where she's worked across the country Where she has traveled between nursing contracts What inspired her blog, Passports and Preemies How solo travel has impacted her life About the mentoring she offers One of the biggest mistakes she made when she started out Her future travel goals How she is navigating the pandemic Tips for getting started with travel nursing About Kylee Nelson Kylee splits her time between being a NICU nurse and solo traveler. She has been caring for premature babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit for five years now. She began Passports and Preemies in 2017 to reach nurses and advocate for the prevention of nurse burnout through traveling. Kylee is the original creator of the “8 Day Vacay” – A vacation geared towards nurses aiming to take advantage of the 8 days off between work weeks with no need to use PTO. You can find out more about Kylee through her blog, Passports and Preemies, and say hi to her on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook. This episode is sponsored by Waypoint Goods, makers of beautiful and functional travel scarves and journals. Globetrotter Lounge podcast listeners get a 15% discount –  enter JETSET at checkout. The episode is also sponsored by Manta Sleep. Their sleep masks and other sleep accessories help you maximize enjoyment of life and unlock your full potential through achieving quality sleep. Use JETSET to get 10% off at checkout. Enjoyed this episode?  If so, please rate, review and subscribe as it really helps more people find the show...I would so appreciate it. If you'd like to know more about me, you can find me via my website or on social media: @jetsetlisette.
In this episode I talk with Lori L. Tharps, a writer, academic and podcaster who explores identity, race and culture. An avid traveler, she is the author of the award-winning memoir, Kinky Gazpacho: Life, Love & Spain. She is also creator of the My American Meltingpot podcast and blog. Lori shares about her early travel experiences (including study abroad), her career and focus on multiculturalism, and her intimate relationship with Spain. She also talks about sabbaticals as a way to travel, and why she wants her kids to experience life overseas. What You'll Learn What sparked Lori’s wanderlust Her early travel experiences - including study abroad What study abroad did for her as a teen, and then as a young adult How she met her Spanish husband. Her multifaceted career (writer, journalist, podcaster) and focus on multiculturalism How she eventually started leading study abroad trips Her relationship with Spain over the years, and specifically her experience as a Black woman Why and how she  applied for a sabbatical The research she is planning to do while in Spain How to get a sabbatical if you don't work in academia Other ways you might be able to travel for work How the pandemic is affecting her plans to live abroad Resources AFS Intercultural Programs USA Books by Lori Tharps My American Meltingpot Podcast Episode 19: Black in Spain Part I Episode 20: What’s it Like Being Black in Spain? Part II Saying No to Spain and the Grief that Follows About Lori Tharps Lori L. Tharps is a content creator whose work lands at the intersection of race and popular culture. A public intellectual, Tharps strives to use her words to broaden the conversation about race in America; to challenge racial stereotypes; to dismantle white supremacy; and to celebrate ethnic and cultural diversity whenever possible. She is the author of the award-winning memoir, Kinky Gazpacho:Life, Love & Spain. She is also the founder and host of the My American Meltingpot podcast and blog. Be sure to check out Lori's blog and podcast on the My American Meltingpot website. You can also follow her on Instagram or Twitter. This episode was generously sponsored by Waypoint Goods, makers of beautifully designed, functional travel scarves (great to use around your home city as well!). They are generously offering Globetrotter Lounge podcast listeners a 15% discount – simply visit waypointgoods.com and enter JETSET at checkout.  Enjoyed this episode?  If so, please rate, review and subscribe as it really helps more people find the show...I would so appreciate it. If you'd like to know more about me, you can find me via my website or on social media: @jetsetlisette.
To kick off Season 3, I talk with Anjali Desai, an avid traveler and  global health professional who has 40 countries under her belt. She is the Director of Strategy at Panorama, an action-tank that works to solve pressing global problems. She leads a team focused on outbreak preparedness and the COVID-19 pandemic. Anjali talks about what sparked her love of travel, where her studies and career have taken her around the world, and her work addressing the current global health crisis. She also thinks about how we can support those who depend on tourism to survive. What You’ll Learn What sparked Anjali's love of travel, including her upbringing in Zambia What her early travel looked like What led her to pursue a Global Health career How she balances work travel with personal travel How she funds her travel What her favorite destinations are About her work at Panorama on outbreak preparedness and addressing the COVID-19 pandemic How her work can help countries that haven’t been hit as hard yet. What she encourages travelers to think about, now that travel is on hold Her future travel dreams About Anjali Desai Anjali's passion and commitment for social impact and justice work stems from her upbringing in Zambia. She is currently Director of Strategy at Panorama, a Seattle-based action-tank focused on solving global problems. Anjali loves to travel - whether a trip with her husband, solo, a study abroad, or for work! She has a goal of experiencing 50 countries before age 50 and is currently at 40. She’s a keen believer in leveraging credit card and airline points for travel and always finding a good deal!  You can say hi to Anjali on Instagram: @oboteroad. This episode was generously sponsored by Waypoint Goods, makers of beautifully designed, functional travel scarves and the ultimate travel journal. They are generously offering Globetrotter Lounge podcast listeners a 15% discount – simply visit waypointgoods.com and enter JETSET at checkout.  Enjoyed this episode?  If so, please rate, review and subscribe as it really helps more people find the show...I would so appreciate it. If you'd like to know more about me, you can find me via my website or on social media: @jetsetlisette.  
For the last episode of Season 2, I talk with Nikki Roda, a friend who quit her corporate career in community informatics to travel the world and dive into the unknown. She is now a certified yoga instructor, and is working on a graphic novel about her travels and what she's learning about the human spirit. Nikki talks about her career journey, her early experiences living abroad, and her decision to embark on a year and a half of uninterrupted and unplanned solo travel. She also shares how travel has shifted the way she approaches life and how we can bring its most transformational elements into our daily lives. What You’ll Learn What sparked Nikki’s love of travel Her first major travel adventures, including study abroad How she ended up living in India for 2 years Her journey into Community Informatics What led her to quit her corporate job to travel the world Her game changing conversation with Rita Golden Gelman Why she isn’t really into the Digital Nomad thing Some of the strategies that helped her take the leap Where her solo travels have taken her Why she was drawn to yoga Her new unfolding career path Spacious travel as a vehicle for finding one’s creative voice and vision Bringing elements of travel into our daily lives at home Advice for those wanting to take a travel leap About Nikki Roda Nikki has just returned to the States after almost a year and a half of uninterrupted - and unanticipated - travel. What started out as a temporary break after quitting her cushy corporate job and starting her own freelance design business, rolled into the adventure of a lifetime. While she’s used her background in data science, usability design, and website development to help navigate her travels, she’s discovered over time that she’s more interested in helping others give birth to their dreams rather than building more attention-seeking apps. She’s now a certified yoga teacher and, while teaching in exotic locations around the world, has been using the skills of mindfulness to offer retreats on connecting to one’s own innate creativity - in order to spark more joy in the everyday. When she’s not teaching, she’s working on writing a graphic novel about her travels and what she’s been learning about the nature of the human spirit. You can find out more about Nikki on her website, and say hi to her on Instagram: @nikki.roda or @pandacandyproductions Resources Mentioned Servas Work Away WWOOF Rukgala Retreat Center Ep 6 | Rita Golden Gelman: Travel Lessons from a Nomadic Life Ep 43 | Lola Akinmade Åkerström: Exploring Culture through Travel Photography & Writing WhatsApp This episode was sponsored by Wanderful. If you love to travel, head over to community.sheswanderful.com where you can connect with travelers from around the world. For only $5/month you’ll get access to travel-related webinars, hear about other resources and upcoming events, and get tips from over 2000 members. And don’t forget the two 2020 Women in Travel Summits in Kansas City and in Gdansk, Poland! Enjoyed this episode?  If so, please rate, review and subscribe as it really helps more people find the show...I would so appreciate it. If you'd like to know more about me, you can find me via my website or on social media: @jetsetlisette.
Meet Lola Akinmade Åkerström, Nigerian-born travel photographer and writer whose award-winning work regularly appears in National Geographic, BBC, Travel + Leisure, Forbes, The Guardian and more. She is the author of the award-winning book Due North and bestselling book LAGOM: Swedish Secret of Living Well. She is editor-in-chief of Slow Travel Stockholm and founder of NordicTB Collective, which brings together the top professional travel bloggers and digital storytellers from Sweden, Finland, Norway, Denmark, and Iceland.  She is also a sought-after and inspiring keynote speaker. Lola shares what ignited her passion for exploring cultures, what brought her from Nigeria to the U.S. and Sweden, and her journey from computer programmer to photographer and writer. She also explains the role of travel in her life, how she balances work and family, and her thoughts on traveling as a Black woman.    What You’ll Learn What sparked her love of exploring other cultures What brought her from Nigeria to the U.S., and then to SwedenHer journey from computer programmer to full-time travel photographer and writer  Her favorite form of photography and why Her various work projects How her relationship with travel has changed What allows her to travel for work while parenting two young children The importance of finding balance in your life Advice for those wanting to find ways to travel more The beauty of traveling your backyard Her passion for connecting with cultures and people Her approach to diversity How travel has impacted her life Her insights on traveling as a Black woman About Lola Akinmade Lola is an award-winning writer, photographer, and author whose work explores culture through food, tradition, and lifestyle for high profile publications such as National Geographic Traveler, BBC, The Guardian, and Lonely Planet, amongst others.  She is the editor in chief of  Slow Travel Stockholm and has collaborated with many well-known brands – from Mercedes Benz and Dove to Intrepid Travel and National Geographic Channel.  Åkerström has received the 2018 Travel Photographer of the Year Bill Muster Award and was honored with a MIPAD 100 (Most Influential People of African Descent) Award within media and culture. Her photography is represented by National Geographic Creative. She is based in Stockholm, Sweden.  You can find out more about lola on her blog lolaakinmade.com, and connect with her on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or LinkedIn. This episode was generously sponsored by Waypoint Goods, which is offering Globetrotter Lounge podcast listeners a 15% discount when purchasing one of their fabulous travel scarves! It's the perfect holiday gift for the travelers in your life. Simply visit  waypointgoods.com  and enter the code JETSET at checkout.  Enjoyed this episode?  If so, please rate, review and subscribe as it really helps more people find the show...I would so appreciate it. If you'd like to know more about me, you can find me via my website or on social media: @jetsetlisette.
Bonus episode! This is part 2 of my interviews with women I met at the Women in Travel Summit in Riga, Latvia earlier this month. I talk with Carly Hulls (Austrian Adaptation, Coffee with Carly), Tayo Jaiyesimi (The Five to Nine Traveller), Stefanie Bielekova (Postcards from Stef), and Michelle Olorunda (Pearls of Bay). They share what brought them to WITS Europe, recent adventures and projects, and how travel has changed their lives. They also share some of their favorite tips and travel tools. If you haven’t heard part 1, listen to episode 41 where I explain about WITS and why I’m passionate about the Wanderful community. What You’ll Learn Where they are currently based What brought them to the Women in Travel Summit How travel has transformed their lives. Tips for women wanting to travel more Their favorite travel tools and resources And more… About Carly Hulls Carly is a blogger, podcast host & startup survivor, who focuses on slow travel & life in Vienna, Austria via her blog, Austrian Adaptation. As former Head of Global Sales at TourRadar and self-confessed brunch addict and coffee snob, she has amassed 10 years experience within the travel industry, winning a Stevie Award for women in business in 2019. Carly contributes regularly to Lonely Planet & Forbes Travel about her adopted hometown and is also host of the Coffee with Carly Podcast, chatting with small business owners and creative entrepreneurs over coffee in Vienna. Say hi to Carly on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter. About Tayo Jaiyesimi Tayo is just a regular gal with a job (as a pharmacist) who exhibits off-the-scale delight when she travels and explores! Tayo loves travelling as it appeals to her inner childhood of being an explorer and finding something new in her surroundings, be it in the city where she lives or a new destination. She hopes to inspire others with full-time jobs to travel through her blog, The Five to Nine Traveller. She also develops customised itinerary plans for busy folks. You can say hi to Tayo on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. About Stefanie Bielekova “Home is where the pajamas is!” That’s Stef’s motto. And these days her pajamas are tucked snugly in Seattle, USA. That’s where Stefanie Bielekova is based as a travel advisor, speaker, and tour guide for Rick Steves’ Europe. In previous life chapters, Stef spent seven years working aboard cruise ships and four studying abroad in Germany. She’s lived in five countries on three continents, traveled to 80+ countries, and has sailed around the world five times. You could say she is travel obsessed, but the underlying motive is a desire to connect across cultures. Find out more on her blog, Postcards from Steph, and say hi on Instagram.  About Michelle Olorunda Michelle Olorunda's UK based travel and lifestyle blog, Pearls of Bay, aims to inspire, inform and share travel tips. Michelle also works as a senior neurological physiotherapist and feels lucky to have a job she loves. Some of her articles touch upon the physical and health aspect of travel as this is important to her. She also has a passion for headwraps, which are not only excellent protective head wear in hot or cold climates, but also add a touch of style to any travel outfit. Say hi to Michelle on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, and view her videos on YouTube. Resources Mentioned Hey Dip Your Toes In Baggalini Enjoyed this episode?  If so, please rate, review and subscribe as it really helps more people find the show...I would so appreciate it. If you'd like to know more about me, you can find me via my website or on social media: @jetsetlisette.
Bonus episode! I recently went to Wanderful’s first Women in Travel Summit Europe in Riga, Latvia where I had the opportunity to capture the diverse experiences and insights (and accents) of multiple travelers. In this episode I talk with Jennifer Fein (You Live to Travel), Lavina DeSousa (Continent Hop), Jamie-Lee Abtar (The Travel Marketer) and Tegan Wylie (The Travel Curve). They share what brought them to WITS Europe, recent adventures and projects, and how travel has changed their lives. They also share some favorite tips and travel tools. Episode 42 features the remaining four interviews so be sure to check that out as well. What You’ll Learn Where they are currently based What brought them to the Women in Travel Summit How travel has transformed their lives. Tips for women wanting to travel more Favorite travel tools or resources And more... About Jennifer Fein After years of building digital products as an engineer and product manager for others, Jennifer Fein is now determined to make software that empowers passionate people to create unique group travel businesses. She met her You Live to Travel co-founder Bron at a shehacks event in Melbourne. Together they are building YouLi, the platform for group leaders that want to change the way travellers see the world. Jennifer is also the co-author of Ready to Launch? Becoming an Entrepreneur in Australia. You can find out more about the You Live to Travel (YouLi) software on their website, and say hi to Jennifer on Facebook or Instagram. About Lavina DeSousa Lavina did not quit her job to travel! She’s an Engineer who works 9-5 and loves travelling, writing, design and photography. A work opportunity came calling, so she packed her belongings and moved to Britain with husband in tow in 2014. Being perpetually fascinated by other cultures, places and people, they have channeled their earnings and holidays into tripping around Europe and wherever else their hearts take them. Over 46 countries later, Lavina show others through her blog Continent Hop that you can be passionate about travel and have all the adventures you wish, even if you work full-time. You can learn more at ContinentHop.com and say to Lavina on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. About Jamie-Lee Abtar One of TTG’s 30 under 30 Travel Leaders for 2016/17, Jamie-Lee Abtar is a travel marketer, brand builder and creative innovator. A regular speaker on topical travel issues, Jamie-Lee has a history of helping travel brands to build strong profitable relationships, conceptualising and executing innovative ideas to drive their business. With a proud Caribbean heritage and as a determined advocate for the Caribbean region, Jamie-Lee has spearheaded research into the Diaspora travel market in partnership with The Voice newspaper, challenging misconceptions about Afro/Caribbean travellers. Through Jamie-Lee's work as the Business Development Manager for the Caribbean Tourism Organisation–UK Chapter, Jamie-Lee strives to develop greater awareness of the Caribbean and maximise marketing and PR opportunities for its members. You can connect with Jamie-Lee on LinkedIn and Instagram. About Tegan Wylie Tegan Aileen Wylie is a Canadian style and travel influencer living in France. She is a vocal advocate for body positivity, on a mission to empower curvy women of all ages to travel the world whilst feeling and looking their best. Tegan founded The Travel Curve in 2016 after finding a disappointing lack of travel + travel fashion advice for full figured women. She is an in-demand stylist for full-figured women, a brand ambassador for fashion designer Diane Kroe and has collaborated with Travel Fashion Girl on various projects. She was recently featured by Matador as one of the top 10 female travellers who don’t let their curves get in the way of adventure. You can find out more about Tegan on her blog, The Travel Curve, and say hi to her on Facebook or Instagram. Resources Mentioned Wanderful Community Rome 2 Rio Google Flights Enjoyed this episode?  If so, please rate, review and subscribe as it really helps more people find the show...I would so appreciate it. If you'd like to know more about me, you can find me via my website or on social media: @jetsetlisette.
Meet Olga Maria, an award-winning solo female traveler whose blog, Dreams in Heels, features adventure and luxury travel, food and wine, and budget tips. She hopes to inspire women to pursue their travel and lifestyle dreams. She is also the creator of Latinas Who Travel, a bilingual travel community that empowers Latinas to travel more. Olga shares about her journey from bullied small town girl in Puerto Rico to full time writer and world traveler, why she travels in heels, and many of her favorite destinations. She also talks about why she started Latinas Who Travel, and what she loves about solo travel. What You’ll Learn What sparked Olga’s travel dreams Why she left Puerto Rico and moved to New York How she started traveling as young adult Her initial career path and how it led to travel writing Why she created Latinas who Travel Her advice for those wanting to travel more Why she thinks solo travel is particularly transformative Where she is currently living and her upcoming projects Her thoughts on traveling as a woman of color Why she usually feels safe as a solo woman traveler What she loves about Ukraine Some of her favorite destinations (and book) Her travel essentials About Olga Maria Dreams in Heels is the story of a small town girl raised in Bayamon, Puerto Rico who is living her dreams in heels around the world. Olga Maria went from working in an office full-time, to working the red carpet at fashion week, and then becoming a full-time travel writer/digital nomad and a citizen of the world. She shares her experiences living in different locations around the world as a solo female traveler, finding style in every culture. Her goal is to motivate you to go and experience the world for yourself. Where to next?! Find out more about Olga on her website, Dreams in Heels, and say hi to her on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. You can also explore the Latinas Who Travel website, and join their Facebook community. Resources Mentioned The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho This episode was generously sponsored by Wanderful. If you love to travel, head over to community.sheswanderful.com where you can connect with travelers from around the world. For only $5/month you’ll get access to travel-related webinars, hear about other resources and upcoming events, and get tips from over 2000 members. And don’t forget the two 2020 Women in Travel Summits in Kansas City and in Gdansk, Poland! Would love to see at one of those. Enjoyed this episode?  If so, please rate, review and subscribe as it really helps more people find the show...I would so appreciate it. If you'd like to know more about me, you can find me via my website or on social media: @jetsetlisette.
Meet location-independent traveler and podcaster Debbie Arcangeles. As the host of The Offbeat Life Podcast, Debbie interviews fearless nomads who have ditched conventional lifestyles to live their best life. From backpacking single mothers to prominent travel bloggers, her guests share their passions, struggles and how they make traveling full-time work. Debbie shares what sparked her love of travel, the twist and turns of her career journey, and how she was able to start podcasting full-time. She also shares how travel has changed her life, and why it’s worth diving into the places that scare you. What You’ll Learn What travel meant to her as a child The experience that sparked her love of travel How she started prioritizing travel at only 16 years old What led her to initial career as a traveling photo journalist Why she switched gears, becoming a therapist Why she eventually felt ready for another career change How she was able to become a full time podcaster What her travel life looks like now Some of the pros and cons of being a nomadic entrepreneur About her podcast mentorship services How travel has impacted her life Her advice for getting started with more travel About Debbie Arcangeles Debbie Arcangeles is a nomadic entrepreneur and the host of The Offbeat Life podcast, where she interviews individuals who are location independent. She aims to encourage others to follow their true calling and take a chance on themselves. Debbie has been featured in Refinery 29, Forbes and many more well-known publications and websites for her expertise in travel. You can say hi to Debbie on Instagram, and find out more about her on the Offbeat Life website. Resources Mentioned Debbie’s Podcast Mentorship Program Enjoyed this episode?  If so, please rate, review and subscribe as it really helps more people find the show...I would so appreciate it. If you'd like to know more about me, you can find me via my website or on social media: @jetsetlisette.
Meet Rachel Rudwall, Emmy-Nominated On-Camera Host, Producer, Camera Operator, Writer and Photographer. Her work has taken her to all seven continents and nearly 70 nations. From TV hosting for the Travel Channel to producing shows like Ice Road Truckers and Ax Men, Rachel is always up for a storytelling adventure. Rachel shares what led to her working in media, what the challenges and rewards have been, and how travel has increased her ability to connect. She also shares her top tips for navigating jet lag, her favorite travel essentials, and one special story that I may turn into a t-shirt. What You’ll Learn What led to Rachel’s love of travel How she was able to travel during college How she found a career that involved storytelling and travel Examples of where her media work has taken her What some of the challenges have been What she loves about her work Why travel has increased her ability to connect How she spends her vacations Her recent European adventure with her 91 year old grandmother Some of her tips for dealing with jet lag Her list of top travel essentials Ways to reduce single use of plastics while traveling About Rachel Rudwall If you want to know what it's like to climb Kilimanjaro, paraglide with a hawk (a.k.a. "parahawk"), ice climb while simultaneously shooting a PBS show, or SCUBA dive cage-free with bull sharks, Rachel's the woman to ask. She likes the stuff that makes palms sweaty and brains explode with inspiration, and manages severe weather, high speeds, squat toilets and creepy-crawly foods. Rachel has had countless global adventures, ranging from TV hosting for Travel Channel's Epic Lists and HLN's Vacation Chasers, to digital hosting for TIME, Inc. and Tastemade, and from brand influencing for BMW and Chase Bank, to producing shows like Ice Road Truckers and Ax Men. Beyond the screen, Rachel writes articles and shoots photography for magazines like AFAR and Forbes, and shares further global inspiration through speaking, keynote addresses, and conference workshops. You can find out more about Rachel on her website, RachelRoams.com, and follow her on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook. Resources Mentioned Robdechi 1080 Elite Black Hybrid Scarf Squeeze Water Filtration System Enjoyed this episode?  If so, please rate, review and subscribe as it really helps more people find the show...I would so appreciate it. If you'd like to know more about me, you can find me via my website or on social media: @jetsetlisette.  
  Meet financially savvy traveler Danielle Desir. She is the force behind the Thought Card, an award winning travel finance blog and podcast. She is also founder of the WOC Podcasters Facebook community, which supports over 2100 women of color from 50+ countries. Danielle shares how she started traveling internationally (26 countries and counting), how she kept travel a financial priority while paying off student loans and buying a house, and her favorite travel resources and budget strategies. She also shares about becoming a podcaster, and most recently, a book author. What You’ll Learn What sparked Danielle’s desire to travel What initially felt like her biggest travel barrier How she made her first solo international trip happen in 2015 How traveled to 25 more countries – while paying off student loans and saving to buy a house Some of her favorite resources for cheap flights The story behind her travel finance blog and podcast Why it’s important to have an established travel fund Her approach to budgeting What led her to start the WOC Podcasters community (and her own podcast) Info about her travel book on Iceland Her suggestions for building a travel mindset and overcoming perceived and/or real obstacles About Danielle Desir Danielle Desir is the editor-in-chief of The Thought Card and host of The Thought Card Podcast, empowering people to make more informed financial decisions - travel more, pay off debt and build wealth. She recently released her first book, Iceland: Nature, Nurture & Adventure which shares how to plan an affordable, adventurous and culturally enriching trip. Danielle is also the founder of ‘WOC Podcasters’ (Women of Color) an inclusive community of over 2,100 women of color from 50 countries dedicated to amplifying diverse voices, sharing resources, learning and collaborating. You can find out more about Danielle on her website, The Thought Card and connect with her on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.  And don't forget to check out her two Facebook communities: Financially Savvy Travelers and WOC Podcasters. Resources Mentioned The Flight Deal Secret Flying: Cheap Flights & Error Fares Thrifty Traveler Dollar Flight Club Fly4free This episode was generously sponsored by Wanderful. If you love to travel, head over to community.sheswanderful.com where you can connect with travelers from around the world. For only $5/month you'll get access to great webinars about travel (including one I recently recorded about travel hacking), hear about other resources and upcoming events, and get tips from over 2000 members. And don't forget the 2020 Women in Travel Summit - would love to see you there! Enjoyed this episode?  If so, please rate, review and subscribe as it really helps more people find the show...I would so appreciate it. If you'd like to know more about me, you can find me via my website or on social media: @jetsetlisette.
Meet Caitlin Blythe, an entrepreneur who turned her passion for travel into a thriving business. In 2017 she launched Waypoint Goods, selling her signature travel scarf, and eventually left her full-time architecture job to create a completely new lifestyle. Caitlin shares her early experiences with international and solo travel, what led her to start her business and how being an entrepreneur has brought more travel into her life. She and her husband have also created a fun way to travel more domestically. What You’ll Learn How travel was a part of her childhood What sparked her love of international travel How she traveled during her architecture studies Why she left her career as an architect What inspired her business idea What it took to launch Waypoint Goods How she designs her scarves How becoming an entrepreneur has impacted her travel life What some of the challenges have been What some of the “highs’” of entrepreneurship have been How her architecture background informs her travel experiences and product design How solo travel has changed her life Why her travel scarf is actually quite useful at home What her next big adventure is How she regularly road trips with her husband Her tips for women wanting to travel more About Caitlin Blythe Caitlin is the founder of Waypoint Goods, which creates unique, fashion-forward travel (and lifestyle) accessories for women that are passionate about discovering the world around them. The Infinity Travel Scarf keeps your phone, passport wallet, keys and other essentials safely concealed in a hidden pocket. She takes inspiration for her scarf designs from her travels, and the result is beautiful, stylish and functional. Caitlin loves the unexpected moments and spontaneous solutions that make life such an adventure. Say hi to Caitlin on Instagram or Facebook. Resources This episode was generously sponsored by Waypoint Goods. Caitlin is offering Globetrotter Lounge podcast listeners a 15% discount when purchasing one of her fabulous travel scarves! Simply visit waypointgoods.com and enter the code JETSET at checkout. Enjoyed this episode?  If so, please rate, review and subscribe as it really helps more people find the show...I would so appreciate it. If you'd like to know more about me, you can find me via my website or on social media: @jetsetlisette.
Meet Sojourner White – world traveler, content creator and international social work graduate student. Her blog, Sojournies, offers resources and tips on on balancing travel with work and/or school, and explores personal topics like traveling while Black. Sojourner shares about the international experience that sparked her passion for travel, how she landed a Fulbright Scholar Assistantship and worked abroad, and her unusual graduate degree track. She also shares why travel has helped her identify more deeply with her name. What You’ll Learn What sparked her love of travel How she was able to study in Spain during college What her first international experience was like Where her travels have taken her over the last four years How she became a Fulbright scholar What it was like to teach English abroad What International Social Work is The importance of cultural humility and community-based approaches Why she started her blog Sojournies What the response to her travel writing has been Her experiences traveling as a Black woman What her greatest travel experience has been How travel has changed her life What her next adventures will be Her tips for getting started with travel About Sojourner White Sojourner is an academic and experience enthusiast whose adventures abroad led her to become an International Social Worker. Born and raised in Milwaukee, WI, her travel journey started in the U.S. with family vacations, however studying Spanish opened her eyes to the world of international travel. Two stints in Spain later, including one as a Fulbright Fellow, Sojourner has traveled from Mexico to Morocco and many European countries in between. Sojourner is living up to her name all while pursuing her Master’s degree and blogging her way through the world, growing both inside and outside the classroom as a student of life. With her blog “Sojournies,” she is offering tips and resources to other students, professionals, or anyone interested in making travel part of their lives too. Say hi to Sojourner on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook, and visit her blog at sojournies.com. Resources Mentioned Using FAFSA (Federal Student Financial Aid) to study internationally Semester at Sea Fulbright Scholar Program AmeriCorps Program - Public Allies Las Morenas De España To Be Black, a Woman, and a Fulbright Scholar “What Part of Africa Are You From?” Experiences Traveling While Black Enjoyed this episode?  If so, please rate, review and subscribe as it really helps more people find the show...I would so appreciate it. If you'd like to know more about me, you can find me via my website or on social media: @jetsetlisette.
Meet Samantha Nelson – mom, wife, traveler and writer. In 2014, she and her husband embarked on a year of spontaneous travel with their two young children, a journey that ultimately changed their lives for the better. They now help other families travel through their blog, Those Crazy Nelsons. Samantha talks about what sparked her love of travel, her experience being stuck in a draining job for almost a decade, and how she finally created a life centered around family and travel. She also shares what some of the challenges were, and why they were completely worth it. What You’ll Learn What sparked her love of travel How she ended up living abroad as a young adult Why she later was unhappy in her career What ultimately pushed her to quit her job Where the idea to travel for a year came from What traveling without a major plan was like What the biggest challenge was along the way Where they went during their year on the road What her favorite travel moment was How her family adventure has positively impacted her life What they are doing now in Nashville Her tips for others wanting to take the leap and travel more About Those Crazy Nelsons Those Crazy Nelsons inspire busy families to travel. They can be found around Nashville, TN, chatting about the benefits of family travel and encouraging families to avoid waiting for retirement before living an engaged life. In 2014, they traded their mortgage for memories, selling their home and reducing their belongings to one carry-on each. With one child in college and the other two being homeschooled, they hit the road for a year, moving every 30 days to a new location. Now, they write travel stories for families, highlighting destinations for their audience and inspiring families to reconnect one road trip at a time. You can find their travel articles at thosecrazynelsons.com and weekendtripsfromnashville.com. You can also say hi to Samantha on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook. Resources Mentioned Tourism Worx This episode was generously sponsored by Wanderful. I think you all already know how much I love all that they do for women travelers. If you want to become part of an INCREDIBLE travel community, be sure to pop over to community.sheswanderful.com. They provide everything from home sharing and organized trips, to events and social gatherings. And there's of course the 2020 Women in Travel Summit - would love to see you there! Enjoyed this episode?  If so, please rate, review and subscribe as it really helps more people find the show...I would so appreciate it. If you'd like to know more about me, you can find me via my website or on social media: @jetsetlisette.
Meet Phoebe Howlett, a solo traveler from the U.K. who at age 21 was diagnosed with two chronic autoimmune disorders, Postural Tachycardia Syndrome and Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (also known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome). She also struggled with significant anxiety and depression. After thinking she could never easily travel or work again, Phoebe managed to find her way back to wellness. She is now on a mission to travel to every country in the world, and is currently at 66 countries and counting. Phoebe shares details about her journey into chronic illness, how travel has become a part of her recovery, and the importance of self care while on the road. What You’ll Learn Where her travel bug came from Her journey into chronic illness Her experience with anxiety and depression How she began to find balance and recovery after initial failed attempts What led to her decision to start traveling Some of the challenges of traveling with chronic illness How travel has improved her health Her thoughts on being a solo traveler How she maintains her self care routines while on the road Tips for introvert travelers What traveling while managing illnesses has brought to her life Her tips for traveling after a diagnosis About Phoebe Howlett Phoebe Howlett is a digital marketing freelancer and solo traveler. She regularly blogs about travel and her journey back to wellness, offering useful tips for others traveling with chronic illness. She has sailed across the Pacific Ocean, traveled 3,000 miles on buses in the Americas, spoken about her journey to children in Samoa, Panama and Ireland, and seen wonders of the world on four continents. She loves speaking to young audiences about personal strength, health and travel. Her mission is to become the first person with chronic illness to travel to every country in the world, while looking after her health to make sure she reaches her goal. Say hi to Phoebe on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter or visit her website at thechanceofchoice.com.  Freebie 7 Steps to Free Travel  Enjoyed this episode?  If so, please rate, review and subscribe as it really helps more people find the show...I would so appreciate it. If you'd like to know more about me, you can find me via my website or on social media: @jetsetlisette.
In this episode I talk with Cris Soady, a linguist who was born in El Salvador but grew up in the United States. In 2014, she and her husband left the US to start a life in Latin America, driving across 13 borders before finally settling in Argentina. They opened a successful restaurant in Buenos Aires, and Cris has found a creative way to bring in additional income. She shares why her family came to the US, why she and her husband decided to live abroad, how they made their travel dreams a reality, and many more inspiring adventures and insights.             What You'll Learn Why Cris' family migrated to the US from El Salvador When she fell in love with travel and why How she met her husband David and why they made the decision to make living abroad a priority Cris’s approach to travel and desire to learn from locals  How David’s decision to attend culinary school inspired them to open a restaurant abroad Cris and David’s road trip from DC to El Salvador, and then to Argentina The opportunity that helped turn Cris and David’s dream into reality  Cris’s advice for dreaming big and going for what you really want in life Why Cris spends her time pursuing hobbies and jobs that support a flexible lifestyle   How living abroad pushed Cris to try new things and realize the connection we all share                                                                                                          About Cristabel Soady Cristabel Soady is a linguist who provides services for translation, transcription, subtitling and voice-over projects. She has worked for Netflix, Amazon, Marriott and other global companies. She has worked on projects in the United States, Canada, Spain, India, Ireland, England and China. She’s loved being involved with amazing projects and learning so much about what is going on in the world; both good and bad. In her spare time, she enjoys dancing Flamenco, dabbling in design, and getting involved in her local community. Cristabel lives in Buenos Aires, Argentina with her husband. You can connect with Cris on Linkedin, and find out more about the work she does at cristabelsoady.com. And check out David and Cris’s restaurant at 13fronteras.com. If you are headed to Buenos Aires, be sure to stop in and try his amazing cuisine! Resources Mentioned  American Translators Association  Washington City Paper Article about Cris & David My earlier blog post – Dave Soady: An American Chef in Buenos Aires Freebie 7 Steps to Free Travel  Enjoyed this episode?  If so, please rate, review and subscribe as it really helps more people find the show...I would so appreciate it. If you'd like to know more about me, you can find me via my website or on social media: @jetsetlisette.
I sit down with Summer Slevin who is traveling and living in a van for two years, visiting every national park in the United States. She’s also the creator and host of the Nat Park Stories podcast. I met Summer at the 2018 Women in Travel Summit in Quebec City - when she was starting her quest to fall back in love with America. She shares how she embarked on her journey, what life in a van is like, great stories about the parks and people she’s met along the way and so much more. And there’s a guest appearance from her dog Rocky Road Trip! What You'll Learn What inspired Summer to start traveling What life in a van is like Why she started her National Parks journey How she launched her adventures despite challenges Where she started and how many parks she has hit so far Some of the people she’s met along the way Her travel buddy: Rocky Road Trip Fun details about some of the parks she’s visited Her favorite parks in the Southwest The continued lack of diversity among park visitors Why she loves being in the parks, and in nature The importance of being fully present while traveling How travel has transformed her life About Summer Slevin Since hitting the road in July 2018, Summer Slevin has made her way from Illinois to Alaska, Texas to Florida, and Maine to Wyoming. Summer’s superpowers are connecting with others and telling stories of the people she meets around the world. She spends her time on the road making a podcast about the strangers she meets in the National Parks, virtually assisting amazing clients, and teaching entrepreneurs how to find, hire and onboard the perfect virtual assistant (thetimerich.com). When Summer isn’t talking to strangers, you can probably find her eating delicious food, taking a nap, or playing in the grass with her puppy. You can say hi to Summer on Instagram or Facebook, and don't forget to listen to the Nat Park Stories Podcast, which you can support via Patreon. Resources Mentioned United States National Parks Enjoyed this episode?  If so, please rate, review and subscribe as it really helps more people find the show...I would so appreciate it. If you'd like to know more about me, you can find me via my website or on social media: @jetsetlisette. Freebie:  7 Steps to Free Travel 
In this episode I talk with Nadeen White, creator of The Sophisticated Life blog. A blogger by day and physician by night, she manages to throw travel into the mix. She's also found time to author two travel guide ebooks, and is about to release a third. Nadeen shares how she makes travel a priority, where she finds great deals for local and international adventures, and offers tips for anyone interested in adding more travel to their life. What You'll Learn Nadeen’s background and why she became interested in traveling  Why she decided she wanted to visit one new place every year  How she is able to balance travel with her career  How being a hospitalist allows her the flexibility and finances to travel How often she travels (with and without her husband) How she prioritizes and budgets for travel  Why she started a “Travel Guide” section on her blog     How travel has expanded her tolerance and compassion for others Encouragement for those who want to travel more                                                                                                          About Nadeen White Nadeen considers herself a "Blogger by Day, Physician by Night". She has over 20 years of experience as a Pediatrician and over 6 years of experience as a content creator. Her award-winning travel blog The Sophisticated Life is dedicated to affordable luxury travel and culinary travel (food and wine). Nadeen’s eBooks Travel Guides to Your Favorite Destinations and USA Wine Guide for Travelers are both available on Amazon. Her third eBook, Culinary Travel Guides: Food & WIne, will be released this summer. She hopes to inspire others to follow their passion and start traveling around the world. Say hi to Nadeen on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter or visit her website at TheSophisticatedLife.com.  Resources Mentioned Secret Flying   Scott’s Cheap Flights   Travel Zoo   Freebie 7 Steps to Free Travel  This episode is sponsored by Waypoint Goods, maker of the Infinity Travel Scarf – a fashionable accessory that keeps your phone, passport wallet, keys and other essentials safely concealed in a hidden pocket.  Don’t miss the limited edition scarf, Havana, which is inspired by the bright hues of Cuba’s classic cars, vibrant buildings and colorful cuisine! Enjoyed this episode?  If so, please rate, review and subscribe as it really helps more people find the show...I would so appreciate it. If you'd like to know more about me, you can find me via my website or on social media: @jetsetlisette.
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