S2E14: Travel Entrepreneurship with Beth Santos of Wanderful

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Beth Santos is the founder and CEO of Wanderful, a global membership community of over 15,000 independent, adventurous women travelers. She is also the creator of the Women in Travel Summit, an annual summit for female travel influencers and industry members. Beth joins us to discuss how she became a travel entrepreneur, why she created a women-centered network of travelers, and offers tips on making your own travel-centric business come true. Find out how Wanderful can help you in your own travel journey and discover exciting details on this year’s Women in Travel Summit in Milwaukee taking place on April 21-23. Registration is  still open if you’re interested in attending!

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Meet Beth Santos, Founder of Wanderful


We are so excited to have Beth Santos on our next episode! Beth is the founder and CEO of Wanderful, a global membership community for independent, adventurous women travelers. In encouraging women to travel, to get involved in the world around them and to live globally, Beth has created an international community of over 15,000 empowered women who strive to conquer the world on foot, while supporting and learning from one another at the same time. She is the creator of the Women in Travel Summit, an annual summit for female travel influencers and industry members. In 2014, she was named one of the top 100 travel bloggers in the US and invited to the White House Travel Blogger Summit on Study Abroad and Global Citizenship. In 2015, Beth was named a Chicago Scholars 35 Under 35 Young Leader Making an Impact and a Zell Fellow, a prestigious fellowship for entrepreneurs pursuing their MBA.

You can see right away why we loved talking to her. Find out more about Beth below and make sure to check out our episode this week, where we discuss Wanderful, the Women in Travel Summit, being a travel entrepeneur, and so much more.

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S2E13: Vulnerable Travel with Char Stoever, LGBT Diversity Trainer and Peace Corps Alum



As travelers, we constantly put ourselves in vulnerable positions by exploring unfamiliar languages, cultures, social mores and even physical terrain. Char Stoever is an LGBT diversity trainer and Peace Corps alum assigned to Nicaragua who coined the term “vulnerable traveler.” She joins us to talk about how to view vulnerability as a learning tool and relationship builder instead of as a weakness. Opening up is never easy and does require care, particularly for members of marginalized groups. But, as Char discusses, the rewards often outweigh the risks and can lead to a more authentic travel experience. We also touch on self care while traveling and avoiding the “1000 Things to See Before You Die” trap.

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Meet Char Stoever, Vulnerable Traveler


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This week’s episode features Char Stoever. Char is a Mexican-American bacon lover, travel writer, and diversity trainer with a passion for the intersection between social justice and technology. A graduate of Wellesley College, she is grateful to have attended a women’s college where women’s opinions, aspirations, and accomplishments were valued. In 2011, she studied abroad in France, and after graduating in 2012, she taught in public schools in Boston and San Antonio.

In 2016, she finished 27 months of service with the Peace Corps in Nicaragua, where she worked as an LGBT diversity trainer, social media manager, and fundraiser for gender empowerment camps.  She recently stepped down as  Wanderful’s social media coordinator and has written about travel, LGBTQ issues, mental health, and women’s empowerment for sites like Go Abroad and Travel Latina. You can find out more about Char on her website and feel free to connect with her on LinkedIn. Read more about Char after the jump.

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Traveling With Parents? We Want Your Stories, Tips, and Questions.


Our relationship with our parents is a rich and varied landscape. Or an emotional minefield. Or a plateau of polite conversations with tense undercurrents. Or a valley of joy and fulfillment. Whatever scenario you happen to fall in, it’s safe to say that traveling with them brings all these dynamics as extra baggage to your trip. But your vacation doesn’t have to be a Freudian nightmare. We’re here to help!

For an upcoming episode, we’re talking about the emotional journeys you have when you vacation with your folks, and we want your thoughts. Are you planning a trip with your parents and wondering how to deal? Have you taken a trip with your parents and have ways to cope? Would you never take a trip with your parents? We want to hear it all!

Send us your questions, thoughts and stories at xxwilltravel@gmail.com by March 18, 2017. You can also comment on Facebook, tweet at us on Twitter, share on Instagram or post below. And if you’re interested in more calls for upcoming episodes, make sure to subscribe to our newsletter.

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S2E12: Making a Film in Ghana with Samantha Bailey


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Creator of the Brown Girls web series Samantha Bailey joins us to talk about her experience shooting her short film, Raina’s Not Here, in Ghana. We discuss the logistics of making a movie in a foreign country, why Accra should be on your bucket list, the economic barriers of traveling and the personal freedom she found in the African continent, among other fascinating topics. We left the interview wanting to be Samantha Bailey when we grew up and we’re sure you will too.

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Binge-watch Brown Girls and You’re So Talented. You will not regret it.

Samantha mentions The Studio Accra as one of the big reasons why she chose Ghana. Check them out.

And if you’re ever in Accra, make sure to drink some Wisdom Power at Republic Bar & Grill.

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