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The Globetrotter Lounge Podcast

Author: Jet Set Lisette

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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 award travel expert 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 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.
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I'm very honored to sit down with Mickela Mallozi, Emmy Award-winning host of the PBS travel and dance series Bare Feet. Mickela has had a passport since she was just 2 years old and to this day still loves to travel the world, experiencing it one dance a time. Mickela shares her amazing journey from unknown dancer to successful TV host, what travel means to her, and what to expect from the upcoming third season of Bare Feet. You'll Learn Mickela’s upbringing and what sparked her love of travel Why she turned to dance as a way to connect with others while traveling What inspired her to create a TV show centered around travel and dance The lessons she learned as she tried to make her dream a reality Why she values her voice and emphasizes being real vs. being perfect How she views travel now that it’s connected to her career   The benefits of traveling and how it can impact your daily life back home The inspiration behind the 3rd season of Bare Feet                                                                                About Mickela Mallozzi Mickela Mallozzi is the four-time Emmy® Award-winning Host and Executive Producer of Bare Feet with Mickela Mallozzi, a travel series highlighting the diversity of dance which airs on public television stations nationwide and on Amazon Prime globally.  A professional dancer and trained musician, Mickela decided to start a journey around the world, taking her camera with her to follow dance in the lives of everyday people wherever she went.  From re-discovering her family’s heritage in Southern Italy to dancing tango on the main stage in Buenos Aires, the series covers Mickela’s adventures as she experiences the world, one dance at a time.  She has been featured in The New York Times, Travel Channel, Dance Magazine, Forbes, and more, and she has performed on various television shows including Sesame Street and The Doctor Oz Show. For more information about the show, visit the Bare Feet website. You can also follow Mickela on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and/or Twitter. Resources Mentioned PBS: Public Broadcasting Service 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 interview Reyna Walters-Morgan, traveler, attorney, and podcaster with 34 countries (and counting) under her belt. As producer and host of the Travel Quips Podcast, she explores the latest in travel trends, opinions, etiquette and advice. She created her podcast in hopes of encouraging people to travel more and hate less. Reyna shares why she started traveling, the life-changing event that sparked her wanderlust, and her goal of helping eliminate travel barriers for others. And all in the back of a car, no less. What You'll Learn Reyna’s favorite childhood traveling memories and what inspired her to travel more The unique traveling experiences that expanded her world view Why she prioritized traveling and how she budgeted for her adventures Her end goal of creating travel opportunities for underprivileged youth Why she started the Travel Quips Podcast and what the show entails   3 of her own travel barriers and how she addresses each one Tips for planning your future vacation and overcoming your own barriers   Her dream of visiting 100 countries and her favorite countries so far Why Reyna believes traveling helps you understand things more and hate less                                                                                                  About Reyna Walters-Morgan Reyna started her advocacy career as a student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she was the first woman of color and second woman in University history elected as Student Body President. Through a winding career in law and politics—one thing has always remained constant—her love of travel.  Through her blog and the Travel Quips Podcast, she addresses issues affecting access to travel and provides her audience with the latest in travel trends, opinions, etiquette and advice. She uses her platforms to eliminate travel barriers and encourage others to live their best travel lives. Say hi to Reyna on Instagram @travelquips or check out her website at travelquips.com. Find out more about Walter Davis - the philanthropist who changed Reyna’s life.  Resources Mentioned BUNAC National Plan for Vacation Day 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’m very honored to have one of my first followers of this podcast on the show today. Portia Smith is a travel blogger, wife and mom to two beautiful girls. She is the creator of the blog Obsessed by Portia, which is all about family, couple, and girlfriend travel, and always offers tips and resources. In this episode, we talk about how moms (like us) should engage in more solo travel and ditch the kids AND the guilt. Portia also shares why she started a blog, how she’s grown it into a successful business, her tips for growing a social media following, how she cultivates sponsored trips, and much more. What You'll Learn Portia’s background and what inspired her to start traveling    How her blog developed and created more opportunities to travel How family travel has changed and impacted her own travel The different locations her blog has allowed her and her family to travel to Tips for growing your business by dialing in on photography, content, and partnerships   Why it’s important to focus on what you’re good at and outsource the other work The benefits of traveling with and WITHOUT your kids The reality of “Mom Guilt” and advice for moms new to traveling The value of pursuing and creating your own path                                                                                                    About Portia Smith Portia Smith was born into adventure.  Growing up in a home that encouraged creative travel on a global level, she always had a hunger to explore.  By the age of 22, she had marked over 20 countries on the map. Following college, she worked in the fashion industry for several years, married and had two children. Writing has always been a consistent passion so she switched gears and started a family travel and lifestyle blog, Obsessed by Portia. Family travel is a main component of the blog, while integrating top trends and life hacks in beauty, fitness, fashion and motherhood. Portia lives in the Seattle area with her husband and 2 daughters (ages 6 & 8). Say hi to Portia on Instagram @obsessedbyportia or check out her website at obsessedbyportia.com. Resources Mentioned Family Travel Association Marco Polo App 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
Welcome to another episode of Globetrotter Lounge! I’m excited to have Erica Virvo on the show with me today. Erica is a purposeful traveler and connector, who loves the thrill of living in countries people have rarely heard of. She’s spent 5 years studying and working in obscure countries in the Middle East, Asia, the Caribbean, and Africa. While she loves visiting the frequented tourist spots like everyone else, the memories Erica has treasured the most are the everyday experiences she participated in with friends she’s found along the way. Through these connections and ordinary activities, Erica gained a deeper appreciation for the world and people in it. As we talk, Erica shares how she got started on a life of travel (even though she didn’t grow up traveling), how she managed to finance one incredible travel experience after another, how travel has changed her life, and lots of other fun adventures! After the interview I answer two listener questions: Is there a particular card/program that seems better/easier to use miles than the others? Are there any hacks for getting the most out of your miles such as timing of ticket purchase? What You'll Learn The transformative experience that sparked Erica’s desire to travel   Why she finished her college degree in Qatar How she created a job for herself to make money   How she ended up volunteer teaching and living in rural Thailand Why she moved to South Korea instead of returning to the U.S.   How she used $10K to live in St. Vincent of the Grenadines and Zambia for 14 months   Why her perspective about saving the world began to change Why she started working at Nomadic Matt How living abroad has impacted her outlook on life and changed her internally What she plans to do next and why she believes travel is necessary                                                                                            About Erica Virvo Erica has a BFA in Interior Design. However, she has never worked as an Interior Designer and has completely built her career (and life) out of her immersive travel experiences. After moving back to the states in 2015, Erica worked for Nomadic Matt, a budget travel website with over 1 million monthly visitors that teaches people how to bring their travel aspirations to life by exploring the world on a budget. Her tips have been featured publications including Levo League, the Positive Psychology Podcast, and Forbes. She believes that strangers are just friends you haven’t met yet. Combining this motto with tips and tricks she’s uncovered along the way, Erica’s greatest passion is helping others shape their trips into authentic travel experiences that they can use to create the life that they love. Say hi to Erica on Instagram @erica.virvo. Resources Mentioned TEFL Jobs 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.
For episode 25, I talk with Nubia Younge, entrepreneur, mother and founder of the Chronicles Abroad podcast. Born and raised in Boston, MA, Nubia was bit by the travel bug in 2011 when she set out on a 14 day European vacation. She spent the next six years traveling to 35 countries, while being a single mom, working full time and going to school part-time. In early 2017 she decided to donate all of her belongings and pack a suitcase to go see the world…and now lives in Chiang Mai, Thailand. During our conversation, Nubia shares the ups and downs of her travel filled life, how she launched herself into living abroad (and why it’s bringing her so much joy), and offers tips and resources along the way. What You'll Learn How Nubia got bit with the international travel bug in her late 20s Which online communities helped her start traveling more How she traveled extensively despite her busy schedule and responsibilities The challenges that came with traveling a lot in a short time period Why she decided to pivot and think about moving abroad How she ended up living in Chiang Mai How she is providing financially for herself while living abroad What she loves about living in Asia, and how it allows her to travel even more Why she started the Chronicles Abroad podcast How living abroad has changed her life   Resources Chronicles Abroad Podcast  Nomadness Travel Tribe TEFL Jobs I also answer two listener questions: 1) Is there a particular card/program that seems better/easier to use miles than the others? 2) Are there any hacks for getting the most out of your miles such as timing of ticket purchase? 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 episode 24, I talk with global career coach Nicolle Merrill about the twists and turns of her many international work and travel experiences. A self-proclaimed professional job hopper, she talks about how the stigma around fluid careers is disappearing as the way we work changes. Her non-traditional career path has included work as a private jet travel writer, a study abroad advisor, a global career coach, and an AI chatbot designer. She then founded Future Skills, a company that smashes traditional career advice and show people how to build adventurous careers. Nicolle teaches digital nomads how to get remote jobs, work in foreign countries, and upskill for the jobs of the future. It’s a fun conversation, with great insights, tips and lots of laughter. And I have to say, I’m glad to know I’m not the only one with  “shiny object syndrome." Links to resources mentioned in the episode can be viewed at jetsetlisette.com/episode24 I appreciate you taking the time to listen to my podcast. If you'd like to know more about me, you can find me via my website (jetsetlisette.com), Instagram or Twitter (@jetsetlisette).
Episode 23 is the start of a new run. I kick off Season 2 by having a conversation with my 8 year old niece Leah (recorded while vacationing last Christmas in Mexico). It’s short and sweet— and all about travel of course.  After we talk, I share about my travel role models as a kid, plus give some updates  including a recent big change in my life related to travel, finances and podcasting. I wrap up with my current travel goals, where you can find me in 2019, a fun announcement and more. This season I’ll be adding a short segment at the end of each guest interview where I’ll either share a quick travel hack or answer listener questions – so if there’s something you want to know about racking up airline miles and hotel points, drop me a line at lisette@jetsetlisette.com or on social media: @jetsetsetlisette. Links to conferences mentioned in the episode can be viewed at jetsetlisette.com/episode23. I appreciate you taking the time to listen to my podcast. If you'd like to know more about me, you can find me via my website (jetsetlisette.com), Instagram or Twitter (@jetsetlisette).
For my first season finale I decided to do a solo episode, something I probably should have considered when I launched this podcast! It's about time I shared my own story about finding a way to travel more – ultimately saving over $100K in travel costs in only six years. Earning millions of airline miles and hotel points through credit card sign-up bonuses has changed my life – making travel more affordable and attainable. It also led to one of my greatest passions: helping others make dream travel a reality. During this episode I share travel stories and resources – and bust a few myths along the way. Be sure to stick around until the end, where I ask for feedback to help shape Season 2 of The Globetrotter Lounge podcast, which launches in March 2019. As always, I appreciate your support! Resources and links mentioned in the episode can be viewed at jetsetlisette.com/episode22 I appreciate you taking the time to listen to my podcast. If you'd like to know more about me, you can find me via my website (jetsetlisette.com), Instagram or Twitter (@jetsetlisette).
For episode 21 I sit down with Erin Papworth, the Founder and CEO of Nav.it, an exciting new app that aims to empower women to become more financially savvy – with travel as the inspiration and end goal. Erin spent 12 years working in sub-Saharan Africa on projects that increased health care access for marginalized women. Her work and travels have taken her to Tanzania, Zanzibar, Kenya, Malawi, and Haiti, Cameroon, Sudan, Mozambique, and other countries in Africa and around the world. Upon her return to the U.S., Erin became determined to change female conversations around finances and help women redefine their lifestyles and what wealth means to them. Enter Nav.it, which launches in January 2019. The app combines inspiring and educational travel articles with practical budgeting tools and tips – showing women how to make travel more attainable. During our conversation Erin shares her personal travel journey, information about her new product, and her passion for helping other women navigate finances, travel and life. Resources and links mentioned in the episode can be viewed at jetsetlisette.com/episode21 I appreciate you taking the time to listen to my podcast. If you'd like to know more about me, you can find me via my website (jetsetlisette.com), Instagram or Twitter (@jetsetlisette).
For episode 20, I had the chance to sit down with Seattle-based osteopath Cathy Lindsay. Her lifelong love of nature and being outdoors eventually led her to explore the world as an adult. After multiple international trips to places like Grand Cayman, Bali, India and Peru, Cathy began shifting her travel focus. She now takes annual service trips – typically helping on environmental or animal research projects. Her service expeditions have included counting butterflies in North Vietnam, studying juvenile turtles in the Bahamas and Costa Rica, and studying wolves and bison in Alberta, Canada. She also recently traveled to Thailand to work in elephant and dog sanctuaries, and ended up providing support to the local community following a devastating flood. Cathy shares amazing stories about her adventures in learning and helping – showing us that travel with purpose is not only important, but deeply rewarding. Along the way she provides inspiration, tips and resources for those interested in doing good while traveling. Resources and links mentioned in the episode can be viewed at jetsetlisette.com/episode20 I appreciate you taking the time to listen to my podcast. If you'd like to know more about me, you can find me via my website (jetsetlisette.com), Instagram or Twitter (@jetsetlisette).
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