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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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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.
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).
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