Mariko Jana Azis is a traveling E-RYT 200 yoga teacher, retreat leader, and creative consultant based in Ithaca, New York. Trained in graphic arts at Cornell Unviersity, she's a digital nomad who freelances her services in graphic design, photography, videography, and social media management for clients across the health, wellness, and visual art industries. She leads yoga teacher trainings and retreats on beautiful beaches around the world from Cape Cod to Cambodia to Costa Rica.
MARIKO JANA AZIS
Lisette Austin is a mom, web designer and entrepreneur who always loved to travel, but didn’t always have the funds for the international trips she craved. In 2012 she learned how to rack up millions of airline miles and hotel points using only her good credit score and regular household spending.
Lisette is the creator of the online video course, Jet Set 101: Becoming a Travel Hacker, and The Globetrotter Lounge podcast.
Victoria Neff is a Training and Development Manager for an international organization. She has designed and managed education programs and service learning initiatives reaching over 100,000 youth and adult participants around the world. Discovery, inclusion, engagement and impact are at the heart of each project she designs, every trip she plans. Victoria also serves as an innovation mentor and education advisor for startups in the Boston area. She received an M.A. in International Development from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies and has traveled to 40 countries and lived abroad in Europe and Asia. Victoria is a lifelong learner with a passion for adventure, service and storytelling.
A passionate international adventurer for almost two decades, Laura has traveled in over 40 countries, living abroad for most of her adult life throughout 7 different countries on 5 different continents. Her aim when traveling is always to immerse herself and connect to local communities, seeking out experiences well beyond the typical tourist trail. Laura's passion for helping others to travel led her to found her own travel company which helped others explore the world. For many years she has been focused on helping others travel more, and travel in better, more immersive and connected ways.
Hema is a Certified Nutritional Practitioner (CNP) focusing on culinary nutrition.
After more than 10 years in consumer marketing & project management, Hema’s journey into nutrition began when she started experiencing her own health issues. Her path into her own healing led Hema to become a Certified Nutritional Practitioner, culinary nutritionist, 21-Day Sugar Detox Coach and a volunteer Food Revolution Toronto Ambassador. She focuses on educating others about the powerful healing abilities of nutrient-dense whole foods and living mindfully.
Abbie is a writer and blogger who has been traveling and working remotely since 2013. A journalism graduate who fell into the world of medical administration, she has recreated her position to follow her passion. After visiting over seventy countries she is still in search of cultural experiences, tasty dishes and unique stories to share one spot at a time. You can follow her sustainable travel journey on her blog, Speck on the Globe, where she shares tips on how to be a more responsible global citizen.
As the CEO of Keep Up with Mrs. Jones LLC, Creator of Budget School, a premier business financial education platform, and Host of the daily morning show Ask the Budgetologist, Phylecia Jones is the savvy go-to budgeting nerd, international speaker, and trainer. After serving as a civilian Scientist and Engineer for the US Navy, Phylecia launched her skills into changing the world one budget-at-a-time and is now opening the door for many solo entrepreneur coaches and consultants to have that must needed wake-up call to get serious about managing money. Since being a money nerd is not enough, Phylecia's life has included traveling the world, being a professional cheerleader, 100hrs towards being a yacht captain… and achieving an eclectic list of random cool things!
Shayda Torabi is one of the most influential Women in WordPress. She's currently the Director of Marketing for digital agency, WebDevStudios. Additionally she runs a popular travel and lifestyle brand called "With Shayda” which has afforded her the opportunity to work with brands ranging from Texas Monthly and Foodbeast to The Westin. Shayda is a frequent public speaker on personal branding and community building, and has been fortunate to speak in cities like Toronto, Las Vegas, and Philadelphia. When she's not busy traveling the world, you can find her in her hometown of Austin, Texas pursuing her passions for leading a balanced healthy lifestyle.
Sarah Wilson is a certified sommelier at Foragers Wines in New York City. Sarah always tries to include winery visits as a part of her travels and spent March 2017 in Choapa Valley of Chile, assisting with the grape harvest. She loves to spread the experiential joy that comes with sharing a glass of wine.
Beth Santos is founder and CEO of Wanderful and creator of Wanderfest. A thought leader in women's travel and expert at building hyper-engaged communities, Beth is proud to call over 40,000 women around the world part of her family. She is the creator and host of the annual Women in Travel Summit for 400 female travel influencers and industry members and co-founder of #AtTheTable, a national dinner series and community for female founders. She lives in Boston.
Sophia Hyder Hock is the Founder/CEO of Papilia, a boutique cultural learning and development firm with a mission to “Maximize the Impact of Your Global Interactions.” As a yoga instructor and coach, she also incorporates wellness practices into her sessions as a holistic way to improve employee work/life balance and retention of staff. To learn more about Sophia, visit: and to learn about Papilia, visit:
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Natasha Stoppel is a traveling artist exploring the world one drawing at a time. After leaving her corporate job in 2014 she launched Artist Explores the World, a blog and Youtube channel designed to feature art and travel. Since then she has trail-blazed a creative path into bullet journaling, videography, animation, jewelry making and now pyrography. When not solo backpacking, she’s focused on turning her experiences into creative works and seeks to inspire others to explore their artistic soul and pursue creative journeys.
Nailah Hayward, known as Instrutora Amazonas in the capoeira world, found her passion for Capoeira through her well-established love for travel and foreign cultures.
Nailah teaches both children and adults at the Capoeira Brasil Los Angeles head quarters and has traveled internationally to lead workshops in the Middle East, Europe, and the Caribbean while working on her award-winning travel blog, There's So Much To See.
Born in Sicily and raised in the U.S., Rachelle travelled back and forth to Italy since she was a toddler, and began teaching Italian online after transitioning from her 10 year career as a high school Spanish teacher. Now, she creates fun and informative videos for those interested in learning Italian on her Facebook page, Mission Italiano, and continues to teach conversational Italian to anyone dreaming of exploring Italy on a deeper level through their ability to converse with the locals. Rachelle is currently working on a 2019 language immersion trip for Italian learners.
Penny Sadler is the founder of Adventures of a Carry-on, a travel, wine, and culture blog. Her background as a professional makeup artist in the film and television production world honed her eye for detail, which has served her well as a writer. She funds her passion for travel by hosting wine tastings and beautifying the world...and yes, by writing.
With an insatiable interest for not only seeing the world but also experiencing it, Allyson seeks out situations that connect her to the culture. From weaving carpets in Bulgaria to creating batik in Indonesia, she has gained insights into some of the worlds oldest art forms and connected with some of the most genuine, authentic people. When she’s not traveling for pleasure, she’s traveling for her career in Film & Television. With clients like NBC and FOX, she has been fortunate to work at some of the worlds biggest events such as the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea and the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
Erin ran multi-million $ US-government funded behavioral science programs across 15 countries in sub-Saharan Africa and contributed to increasing health care access to marginalized women on that continent. She has a Master of Public Health and has authored multiple scientific journal articles and university textbook chapters. She is a mother of a curious and vivacious 7-year-old son and is passionate about exploring the world, having traveled to 50 countries and counting. Erin is dedicated to changing the conversations around finances and in-powering women in the United States to understand how personal finances create the opportunity they deserve to define their lives, lifestyle and what true wealth looks like to them.
This southern belle has an affinity for baking, biscuits, bourbon, barbecue, shaved ice, and the great outdoors. When she’s not scrambling to pack for adventure, she’s renovating her 1930’s bungalow in Atlanta. She’s a fan of Couchsurfing and a former Airbnb host. She speaks Spanish well enough to get into and out of trouble, impress native speakers, and eavesdrop effectively. She enjoys camping, hiking, porch sittin’, stirring up craft cocktails, and volunteering in her community. She plays a mean game of skee-ball and pool. She loves dive bars, dancing, and listening to live music.
Jessie is an avid cyclist, traveler, food-lover, and digital content specialist. She's called many places home -- Washington D.C., Malta, Costa Rica, Seattle, Madagascar -- and traveled to over 35 others but now lives in San Francisco. When not behind a computer, you can find her eating and biking her way around the Bay with her partner, Jon, or planning her next adventure, be it a 450 mile bike tour through Sweden or a week hanging out with elephants in Sri Lanka.