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Author: Jet Set Lisette

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

About Jet Set Lisette: In 2012 Lisette Austin learned how to “travel hack,” earning millions of airline miles and hotel points and saving (so far) over $100K in travel costs. She now helps others do the same.
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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).
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