Traveling with parents may be scary, but we are here to help! Kathy recently returned from a successful trip to Iceland and England with her parents in tow, while parental travel has always been a part of life for Ines. Together the ladies give tips and and insights for a successful trip with the people who love you the most (or at least they did before the trip). In addition to offering overall survival strategies, we talk about the importance of picking a place (and a pace) that you can all enjoy, ways to include your folks in the trip planning process and how your parents will surprise you in the most unlikely ways. We also share listener stories and advice for surviving and thriving when traveling with your elders.
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My New Year’s Resolution for 2017 was to save as much as humanly possible so I could quit my job in November and travel for about 3 to 6 months. I was feeling good about this idea. In my mind, it was to be a combination of two goals I had in mind: running away and having the time to write as much as possible. The fantasy was to camp out in some super cheap destination like Nicaragua or Cambodia, squat in an AirBnB or work at a hostel, and write to my heart’s content without worrying about Chicago’s cost of living. I made spreadsheets. I read books. I put away 10% of my paycheck as soon as it was deposited.
But, of course, life got in the way, in both good and bad aspects.
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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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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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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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.