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10 Questions With Women’s Travel Fest Speakers: Sojourner White

We sit down with Sojourner White, a travel remote and founder of Sojournies, to discuss her insights on travel and her memorable experiences with the conference.

At Women’s Travel Fest, we’re always in awe of the inspiring travel leaders who offer their experience, wisdom, and vast knowledge on how to create the life you want. This is why we’re honored to feature an amazing interview series on past and current speakers.

We were excited to speak to Sojourner White of Sojournies. She’s a remote social worker, award-winning travel journalist, and train travel queen.

Through her platform Sojournies, she helps 9-5ers fulfill their career goals and bucket list dreams to find freedom and flexibility outside the office.

Enjoy this installment of 10 Questions with Sojourner White!

Sojourner is passionate about meeting people worldwide and embracing their unique stories.

What inspired you to start traveling?

Learning Spanish in the 6th grade inspired me to start traveling internationally! I did a lot of road trips with my family in the U.S. But once I started learning about all the places that spoke Spanish, it literally opened my eyes to a whole new world.

I ended up majoring in Spanish in college, doing a semester study abroad in Granada, Spain, and winning a Fulbright Fellowship to teach English in northern Spain for a year after graduation. The freedom from that time abroad sparked something in me, and I haven’t stopped traveling since.

What’s your favorite destination and why?

Ooooh, this can change every hour, but Cartagena, Colombia, left a huge impression. The weather, the food, the people, the activities like a champeta class, rum and chocolate tasting, a trip to Palenque, and more made it one of my favorites. As a Black woman, I loved learning about the Afro-Colombian experience and culture.

How has travel impacted your life?

I was a shy kid, and as my brothers often say, “I barely talked.” My parents named me “Sojourner” after the abolitionist and women’s rights activist Sojourner Truth was intentional in understanding the power of names and our Black history. But I learned to live into it on my own terms and found my own voice by being a literal sojourner, a person who stays in a place temporarily.

In a lot of ways, traveling helped me find what I wanted to dedicate my life to talking about (at least for now, haha, I’m only 29), and now I can’t shut up about it.

What motivated you to pursue a career in travel?

I love learning. I’ve always been an “overachiever” or ambitious and school/career-orientated. Studying abroad showed me how much I can learn outside the four walls of a classroom and transformed how I viewed learning.

I think that mindset shift motivated me to figure out how I can incorporate travel in all aspects of my school and career, from being a grad student intern in Berlin to getting a degree in International Social Work and now being a remote social worker, train travel queen, and travel journalist.

That thirst and excitement for knowledge is thrilling and ever-present now that my career is intertwined with travel.

What current project are you excited about sharing with the world right now?

I’m hosting my first group trip to Costa Rica in August 2024! I’m excited to travel with my community and get to know them better. I’m also working on some train travel planning tools for those interested in train travel but don’t know where to start.

Sojourner created a space for 9-5ers to pursue career goals and fulfill bucket list dreams.

What advice would you give to others who want to travel the world?

Meet yourself where you’re at to figure out how to travel in a way that works for you! I think people think you have to travel to exotic locations (read: far away pristine beaches) to travel the world, and that’s not true. Maybe you need to be a domestic girlie, so do road trips or train rides as you save for plane tickets!

For me in the beginning, I only traveled internationally through school and career opportunities because it was fully or partially paid for before I had enough money to do my own solo trips. Sometimes, you gotta work with what you got right now to plan and travel the way you want later!


What drew you to the Women’s Travel Fest community?

I heard great things from folks who attend Women’s Travel Fest and loved the videos about folks’ experiences on social media! It seemed welcoming and fun, and I knew I wanted to be a part of it.

What’s your favorite memory of a past Women’s Travel Fest event?

This is my first one! So I hope to make lots of memories. But I always remember seeing the recaps on Instagram and feeling like, ahhhh, I want to be there one day.

What’s your all-time must-have travel essential? Something you can’t travel without?

My Anker portable charger! It lasts soooo long, and as a content creator who navigates with her phone, it’s a necessity to preserve my battery.

And the last question – are you team carry-on or checked luggage?

Okay, hear me out: I’m team “wear a backpack” that can be a carry-on and a checked bag that could be a carry-on so I can decide at the airport whether or not I have time or the desire to check it!

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Want to know more about Women’s Travel Fest? Read About Us here. We look forward to welcoming you to Playa del Carmen, Mexico, February 16-19, 2024! And watch out for news on the 2025 conference destination!

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