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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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For the final episode of Season 3, I talk with Deesha Dyer, former White House Social Secretary and co-founder of beGirl.world, an organization that empowers Black teen girls through global education and travel. She is also the Founder and CEO of Hook & Fasten, a social impact agency that builds transformational partnerships between communities and corporations. Deesha shares what sparked her love of travel, how she ended up in the White House, and her experiences traveling with the Obamas. She also talks about beGirl.world, how she's navigating the pandemic, and her important social impact work. What You'll Learn What sparked Deesha’s love of travel About her early travel experiences How she ended up working in the White House About her job scheduling travel for the President How she wove personal travel into her work travel (and why she couldn’t earn miles & points) Some of her favorite trips along the way Life and travel after the White House Why she co-founded beGirl.world in 2014 How she helps prepare young Black women to travel abroad How she’s navigating the reality of the pandemic About her agency Hook & Fasten and her work around diversity, equity and inclusion About Impact of a Vote, which exposes Black students to non-traditional careers in public service and politics. About the Black Girl 44 Scholarship About Deesha Dyer Deesha Dyer is an award-winning strategist, on-the-ground community organizer, and executive operations expert. She specializes in transforming ideas into causes that create tangible change. She is the Founder and CEO of Hook & Fasten, a social impact agency that specializes in transformational relationships between corporations and communities, diversity & inclusion, and executive operations.  At 31 years old, Dyer entered the Obama Administration as a community college student intern and ultimately worked her way up to serving as White House Social Secretary. Dyer coordinated the historic visit by Pope Francis and booked legendary acts including Beyoncé, Bruce Springsteen and Aretha Franklin. Dyer is the co-founder of beGirl.world, an organization that empowers teen girls through global education and travel. She also oversees additional initiatives, including Black Girl 44, a scholarship fund for young black women seeking internships in Washington, D.C., the Deesha Dyer Second Chance Scholarship at the Community College of Philadelphia, and Impact of a Vote, which aims to expose African American students to non-traditional careers in public service and politics.  Dyer is also a sought-after keynote speaker known for delivering engaging talks on a range of topics — spanning women in leadership, confidence, diversity, and social change. She now resides in New York City with her partner and cat. You can find out more about Deesha Dyer on her website, and follow her on Instagram or Twitter. Resources Mentioned How I Went from a 31-Year-Old White House Intern To Barack Obama’s Social Secretary (Elle Magazine article) beGirl.world Inspire Girls Out Of Marginalized Communities Through Travel (TEDx Talk) Impact of a Vote Been (travel app) This episode is 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.
Meet traveler, friend and former colleague Robin Little Wing Sigo, a member of the Suquamish Tribe. Her community is located near Seattle, in fact the city itself was named after famous Suquamish leader Chief Seattle. Robin is Director of the Suquamish Foundation, sits on Tribal Council, and travels frequently to represent her community. Robin talks about her childhood, what led her into political work and travel, about the annual Tribal Canoe Journeys and more. She also shares about her international trips, that time she hugged President Obama, and why home is still her favorite place on Earth. What You’ll Learn What sparked her desire to travel About her childhood travel experiences How the pandemic has changed her perspective on travel Her first big travel experience, and how it inspired her dedication to politics and representing her community Some not so fun moments traveling as an Indigenous woman About the Suquamish Tribe and why she always loves coming home How she finds ways to explore while traveling for work Her experiences at the White House (including meeting President Obama) Why Washington DC has been central in her travel life About the Healing of the Canoe Project and related travel The gift of travel with purpose The importance of cultural humility when traveling About the annual Pacific Northwest Tribal Canoe Journeys Her recent experience in Bali Our joint experience traveling to New Zealand How travel has changed her About Robin Little Wing Sigo Tribal Councilwoman, researcher, story catcher and mom to four incredible humans. Indigenous traveler for work, social justice and to fulfill her ancestors desire to connect, enjoy and learn from others. #InspiredNativeNotNativeInspired You can find out more about Robin Sigo's work through the Suquamish Foundation and Sovereign Style websites, and say hi to her on Instagram or Facebook. Resources Mentioned Healing of the Canoe Project Tribal Canoe Journeys (Facebook page) 30 years after the Paddle to Seattle, Tribal Canoe Journeys represent healing and revival (Seattle Times article) The Coral Triangle Center International Indigenous Research Conference 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 Kim Haas, Executive Producer, host and creator of the new PBS travel series Afro-Latino Travels with Kim Haas. The series celebrates the historical and cultural contributions of Latin America’s African descendants in countries like Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic and Mexico. The show premieres September 12 with a two-part special featuring Costa Rica in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. Kim talks about what sparked her love of travel and languages, her work in Spanish media, and what led her to create the show. She also shares how she overcame funding challenges, how she’s navigating the pandemic, and how travel has changed her. What You'll Learn What sparked Kim’s love of travel How she became fluent in Spanish, Portuguese and Italian Details about her study abroad experiences The joy of being able to speak a foreign language (or two) How she became the Director of Marketing for WWSI TV Telemundo What her media consulting work entails What inspired her to create Afro-Latino Travels How she got the show off the ground, despite major funding challenges About her Los Afro-Latinos blog How she is navigating the pandemic How has travel changed her Tips for those wanting to travel more About Kim Haas Kim Haas, Executive Producer, Host & Creator of Afro-Latino Travels with Kim Haas, has been active in Afro-Latino issues for more than a decade and is founder of Los Afro-Latinos, a blog celebrating Afro-Latino culture. Kim speaks fluent Spanish, Italian and Portuguese. She served as Director of Marketing for WWSI TV Telemundo, and she also served as an on-camera pledge host in English, Spanish and Italian for WYBE TV in Philadelphia. She is member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Kim is passionate about her work with “Afro-Latino Travels,” and is extremely proud to be one of the upcoming few Black, female travel hosts on public television, leading the path for more to follow. You can learn more about Kim and the show on the Afro-Latino Travels website, and say hi on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram. Resources Mentioned Afro-Latino Travels with Kim Haas Los Afro-Latinos Blog Haas Media 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.
Meet Sierra Redmond, military spouse and creator of the Daily Impressions Lifestyle blog. She created her blog to encourage military families to travel and explore from wherever they are stationed. She also hopes to inspire families in general - providing information and tips about accessible domestic and international travel. Sierra shares what sparked her wanderlust, what military family life is like, and why being in the military can offer unique travel opportunities. She also talks about traveling during the pandemic, including an extended road trip, flying and hotel stays. What You'll Learn What sparked Sierra’s love of travel How being a military spouse has informed her travel Why she started the Daily Impressions Lifestyle Blog Why she decided to pursue a Master’s Degree in Travel and Tourism Where she and her husband have been stationed so far Why they enjoyed living in Miami in particular More about her blog and what it offers Some  advantages of being a military family in regards to travel What it was like to take an extended road trip during the pandemic About flying during the pandemic - precautions, protocols and procedures Why they are currently living in a hotel in Las Vegas How travel has changed her About Sierra Redmond Sierra Redmond is a Travel Industry Expert, Digital Content Creator and Military Spouse Entrepreneur. She created the Daily Impressions Lifestyle blog in 2017. Sierra has spent many years in both the media and travel industry, and through her blog and freelance writing has found away to merge those two worlds. Sierra holds an undergraduate degree in Mass Communications Tv/Radio, as well as a Masters Degree in Travel and Tourism from Temple University’s School of Sport, Travel and Hospitality Management. Travel media is her true passion she strives to produce top notch content that inspires audiences to travel and explore the world around them. Sierra is the wife of an active duty service member, and mother to a four year old son. You can find out more about Sierra via her blog, and say hi to her on Facebook or Instagram. Resources Mentioned Sierra's travel vlog: Flying During the Pandemic - What to Expect Her tips for planning your first socially distant vacation 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.
Meet nomadic traveler Alison Van Dusen. A backcountry park ranger, Alison has worked in 20 U.S. National Parks over the last 28 years. In between seasonal work, she lives as a nomad and travels around the world – often doing volunteer service work. She has been to at least 30 countries on six continents, and even spent 2 summers working in the South Pole. Alison shares what sparked her love of travel, how she became a park ranger, and why she started traveling internationally. She also shares amazing stories, tips for volunteering abroad, and how she’s navigating the pandemic. What You'll Learn What sparked Alison’s love of travel Some of her early adventures Why she left her engineering career to work for the National Park Service How she ended up traveling internationally between her seasonal work How a meditation retreat in Thailand led her to being in Africa for 6 months Some of her favorite travel stories What her nomadic life looks like How the pandemic has challenged her lifestyle What it’s like to work as a backcountry park ranger How she’s made it through challenging moments How she manages the transition between remote nature and urban life Why she weaves service work into her travels (and where that focus has taken her) What she is envisioning for the near future Resources she has used to find volunteer experiences How travel has fundamentally changed her About Alison Van Dusen Alison grew up in Florida along the Atlantic Coast playing sports and doing an adequate job with academics. After graduating from high school, she earned a Bachelors and Masters of Electrical Engineering and worked as a design engineer for 10 years. After General Electric sold her division she decided to take a year off and ended up volunteering for land management agencies, including the National Park Service. She soon pursued a backcountry postion with NPS, obtaining her law enforcement credentials. Alison has worked and volunteered seasonally for NPS and various land management agencies for almost 30 years. She has created a lifestyle that combines her seasonal work with world traveling. Feel free to say hi to Alison at alisonvandusen@yahoo.com. Resources Mentioned Earthwatch All Hands & Hearts Idealist.org Warm Showers Hostels Worldwide 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.
Meet Petronella Lugemwa, founder of Petronella Photography, an award-winning international wedding photography studio that specializes in multicultural and interracial couples. Based in New York, her work has taken her around the world and has been featured in Essence magazine, Martha Stewart Weddings and more. Petronella shares what sparked her wanderlust, how she got into wedding photography, and some favorite travel adventures. She also talks about navigating the pandemic and the current focus on anti-racism. What You'll Learn What sparked Petronella’s love of travel How she started traveling on her own as a young woman Her career journey from engineering to corporate business, and ultimately photography How she ended up going on a “mystery trip” Why she started a wedding photography business Her focus on multicultural weddings and honoring heritage Where her work has taken her around the world How she got started as a speaker How she is coping with not being able to travel Her response to the current focus on anti-racism One of her favorite travel experiences How has travel changed her Her top tip for travel photography About Petronella Lugemwa Petronella Lugemwa is a speaker, storyteller, writer and the Founder of Petronella Photography, an award-winning international wedding and marriage proposal photography studio based out of the New York area that specializes in helping multicultural, interracial or mixed couples celebrate their love in a modern way and believes that what makes you different makes you beautiful. She was named a Rising Star in wedding photography worldwide and photographed the Nov 2018 magazine cover. Her work has been featured in The Knot, Essence, Martha Stewart Weddings and MunaLuchi Bride. She loves traveling and has traveled to 6 continents & over 17 countries including Myanmar, Laos and Cambodia. You can find out more about Petronella on her website, and say hi to her on Instagram, Facebook and/or Twitter. Resources Mentioned Elaine Welteroth on Her Wedding Moment That "Illuminates What It's Like to Be Black in America" (The Knot) Dancing in the Street: Elaine Welteroth Got Married on Her Brooklyn Stoop, Then Threw a Virtual Block Party (Vogue) 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.
Meet Valerie Stimac, a travel writer who specializes in astrotourism and space tourism. She is creator of the travel blog Valerie & Valise, and the Space Tourism Guide website, which focuses on all things space-related. A regular contributor to Forbes and Lonely Planet, she is author of the book Dark Skies: A Practical Guide to Astrotourism, published in September 2019. Valerie shares what sparked her love of travel, how she became an astrotourism expert, and why this type of travel still works during a pandemic. She offers useful insights, tips and resources during this fascinating and timely conversation. What You'll Learn How Valerie was bitten with the travel bug Why she loves Alaska as a destination About her first international travel experiences How she funded her early travel and made it a priority Tips for affordable travel How she began blogging and travel writing full time What led her into astrotourism and space tourism How she wrote her new book within a very tight deadline More about what sparked her interest in the night sky Definitions of Astrotourism and Space Tourism Why total eclipses should not be missed Why astrotourism is a timely travel topic Upcoming celestial events to look out for Tips for getting started with stargazing Favorite tools and resources How travel has changed her About Valerie Stimac Valerie Stimac is a San Francisco Bay Area based travel writer and blogger who specializes in astrotourism and space tourism. She runs two sites – a personal travel blog, Valerie & Valise, and site focused on space and astrotourism, Space Tourism Guide. She is also a regular contributor to Forbes and Lonely Planet, and her first book, Dark Skies: A Practical Guide to Astrotourism, was published by Lonely Planet in September 2019. You can say hi to Valerie on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook. Resources Mentioned Dark Skies: A Practical Guide to Astrotourism The Universe Night Sky App The 2017 Total Solar Eclipse in 360 Lisette's 2017 Total Eclipse Video 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 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.
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