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.
1) Where have you traveled?
Oh, all over the place — maybe not as much as other people but more than some. Around the USA, Canada, Western Europe (Spain, Portugal extensively, Azores (technically still Portugal), Belgium, England, Italy, Greece, France), Caribbean (Haiti, Virgin Islands), South America (Brazil, Peru), just barely touching down in the Middle East (Turkey), Pacific (New Zealand), as well as Sao Tome, just off the west coast of Africa.
2) What’s been your favorite trip so far?
It’s hard to pick just one. I love the trips that surprised me. I took a trip to southeastern Turkey once and it was an incredible experience I’ll never forget, to enter such a small place with so few tourists. Same goes for Sao Tome, which I visited twice for a few months at a time — that’s where I ended up starting the blog that became Wanderful, actually.
3) What are three things you always take with you when you travel?
A journal. I love to record my day and think deeply about the new things I’ve seen.
Scarves. The best travel accessory in my opinion.
Mr. Panda, a little stuffed McDonalds panda bear that was given to me when I was 11. He’s seen more places around the world than I have and he always gets a picture!
4) What’s your next destination?
Lots of domestic travel — Austin, New Orleans, DC — then Zambia and Botswana in late August!
5) Give us one reason why you travel.
Trevor Noah said it best in a recent stand-up show — travel is the antidote to ignorance. I travel to learn more about the world and the people in it, to open my eyes, and to experience life differently than how I know it.