Ep 56 | Deesha Dyer: From the White House to Empowering Black Girls to Travel

I talk with Deesha Dyer, former White House Social Secretary and co-founder of beGirl.world, which empowers Black teen girls through global education and travel. She is also the Founder and CEO of Hook & Fasten, a social impact agency that builds transformational partnerships between communities and corporations. Deesha shares what sparked her love of travel, how she ended up in the White House, and her experiences traveling with the Obamas. She also talks about beGirl.world, how she’s navigating the pandemic, and her important social impact work. Read More…

Ep 55 | Robin Little Wing Sigo: Indigenous Political Traveler

Meet traveler, friend and former colleague Robin Little Wing Sigo, a member of the Suquamish Tribe. Her community is located near Seattle. Robin is Director of the Suquamish Foundation, sits on Tribal Council, and travels frequently to represent her community. Robin talks about her childhood, what led her into political work and travel, about the annual Tribal Canoe Journeys and more. She also shares about her international trips, that time she hugged President Obama, and why home is still her favorite place on Earth. Read More…

Ep 54 | Kim Haas: Afro-Latino Travels

I talk with Kim Haas, Executive Producer, host and creator of the new PBS travel series Afro-Latino Travels with Kim Haas. The series celebrates the historical and cultural contributions of Latin America’s African descendants, and premieres September 12 with a two-part special featuring Costa Rica. Kim talks about what sparked her love of travel, her work in Spanish media, and what led her to create the show. She also shares how she overcame funding challenges, how she’s navigating the pandemic, and how travel has changed her. Read More…

Ep 53 | Sierra Redmond: Military Family Travel

Meet Sierra Redmond, military spouse and creator of the Daily Impressions Lifestyle blog which encourages military families to travel and explore from where they are stationed. She also hopes to inspire families in general by providing information about accessible domestic and international travel. Sierra shares what sparked her wanderlust, what military family life is like, and why the military can offer unique travel opportunities. She also talks about traveling during the pandemic, including an extended road trip, flying and hotel stays. Read More…

Ep 52 | Alison Van Dusen: Nomadic Park Ranger & World Traveler

Meet nomadic traveler Alison Van Dusen. A backcountry park ranger, Alison has worked in 20 U.S. National Parks over the last 28 years. In between seasonal work, she lives as a nomad and travels the world – often doing service work. She has been to 30 countries on six continents. Alison shares what sparked her love of travel, how she became a park ranger, and why she started traveling internationally. She also shares amazing stories, tips for volunteering abroad, and how she’s navigating the pandemic. Read More…

Ep 51 | Petronella Lugemwa: International Wedding Photography

Meet Petronella Lugemwa, founder of Petronella Photography, an award-winning international wedding photography studio that specializes in multicultural and interracial couples. Based in New York, her work has taken her around the world and has been featured in Essence magazine, Martha Stewart Weddings and more. Petronella shares what sparked her wanderlust, how she got into wedding photography, and one of her favorite travel adventures. She also talks about navigating the pandemic and the current focus on anti-racism. Read More…

Ep 50 | Valerie Stimac: Astrotourism and Space Tourism

Meet Valerie Stimac, a travel writer who specializes in astrotourism and space tourism. She is creator of the travel blog Valerie & Valise, and the Space Tourism Guide website. A regular contributor to Forbes and Lonely Planet, she is author of the 2019 book Dark Skies: A Practical Guide to Astrotourism. Valerie shares what sparked her love of travel, how she became an astrotourism expert, and why this type of travel still works during a pandemic. She offers useful insights, tips and resources during this fascinating and timely conversation. Read More…

Ep 49 | Liz Warner: Travel & Fundraising via International Marathons

I talk with Liz Warner, an inspiring woman who combined her love of travel with helping others. In early 2019, Liz launched Run to Reach, an 18-month fundraising campaign based on running 30 marathons in 30 countries before turning 30. Her goal was to raise money to support local women-empowerment organizations in each country. We talked only a few days after she successfully completed her project. Liz shares what sparked her love of travel, why she started running, and what inspired her to create Run to Reach. She also shares some challenges, and how this unique experience has changed her. Read More…