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MEET OUR
2024 SPEAKERS

MEET OUR
2024 SPEAKERS

Alyne Tamir
Best Selling Travel Author

ALEXA WEST

 

Alexa West, founder and CEO of The Solo Girl’s Travel Guide and author of The One-Way Ticket Plan: Find and Fund Your Purpose While Traveling the World, is a multiple bestselling travel author who teaches women how to travel solo without going broke or getting kidnapped.

In 2011, Alexa sat on her bedroom floor, packed her life into a backpack and got on a one-way ticket with just $200 in her pocket.

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She turned that $200 into over 13 years of full-time travel. She went from budget backpacker to solo female travel expert – and now teaches women how to do the same.

No matter where she goes, Alexa is always on a mission to change the way that women travel the world: with less fear and more fun.

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Founder, Travel Fashion Girl

ALEXANDRA JIMENEZ

Alex is the founder of Travel Fashion Girl. For over 10 years, it has helped women travel carryon only in a stylish and efficient way. TFG empowers female travelers with the confidence to live fearlessly, embrace style, and collect moments, not things.

TFG became a 7-figure business, and celebrated it’s 11 year anniversary last year. It’s been featured in national news outlets; including the New York Times, Cosmopolitan, Harper’s Bazaar, Oprah, the New York Post, the Daily Mail, Reader’s Digest, Forbes, USA Today, and live on the Fox & Friends Morning Show.

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She also launched Compass Rose Travel Accessories featuring top rated packing cubes amongst other travel products, became a real investor and own 6 properties including 4 Airbnbs, and in 2023, acquired the Women’s Travel Fest conference where she hopes to inspire others in their personal and business travel pursuits all while fostering community, connection, and empowerment.

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Founder, Penny Wise Traveler

ANGEL TRINH

 

Angel Trinh is the founder of Penny Wise Traveler. To date, she has been to 36 countries and all 7 continents. She first started travel hacking in college where she applied to a bunch of scholarships and grants and ended up getting free housing, free tuition, and $7,000 in spending money to study abroad in Rome.

Nowadays, she travel hacks mostly with points, miles, stacks, and leveraging programs to travel for less.

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You can find Angel travel hacking a variety of different trips. You will see her flying in first, business, economy, and sometimes even Spirit! She was even able to get Spirit Gold Status from doing a status match from Hyatt Globalist. She also enjoys free cruises. Her most recent redemption was a $30K trip to Japan for $109.

She has previously spoken at the Travel & Adventure Show, Frequent Traveler University, Chicago Seminars, and The Nomadic Network about credit cards, money, and travel hacking. Her work in technology, money, and travel has also been featured in BuzzFeed x Bank of America, CNBC, CreditCards.com, Experian, Forbes, Morning Brew, Real Simple and TODAY Show.

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Founder, In Search of Traveler

ASHLEY McCurdy

 

After losing her job, Ashley McCurdy got rid of her expensive apartment to travel the world and live in hotels full-time and vlog about her experiences on social media as In Search of Traveler.

Ashley has been traveling, eating, exploring, and living in hotels full-time on about $500/week for over 3 years and has no plans on stopping anytime soon.

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Ashley is excited to share the exact strategies on how she finds deals at hotels (usually Marriott Bonvoy properties) around the world for less than $50/night, gets free upgrades to suites as well as free breakfast, lunch, dinner & cocktails every night of her stay.

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Content Creator, Ashley Gets Around

ASHLEY PETERSON

 

Ashley is a full time traveler and content creator who has visited over 90 countries on 6 continents.

Her popular Instagram account, Ashley Gets Around, is all about her travels and travel hacking. She owns and runs the only woman owned subscription service for business class flight deals.

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Ashley is the co-founder of a boutique tour company called Wild Air Travel. She’s been featured on CNN, Good Morning America, the Today Shows, the Washington Post, and more. Join her next month in Asheville, NC as she introduces the very first ever TravelMore Conference showing you how to use points and miles to travel for free or cheap!

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Creator, Unruly Travel

CALEN OTTO

 

Calen Ann Otto is a queer, anti-speciesist travel blogger who explores the world on a very small budget. They completed a solo trip across the USA at the age of 19 with only $300 and a bike which led them to discover there are many alternatives to travel that cost less.

Inspired by their love of meeting strangers and sharing their incredible stories, they created the Unruly Travel blog.

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So far, Calen has been to 5 continents, 35 states, 20 National Parks, and more than 20 countries as a vegan and is passionate about doing the least amount of harm wherever they go.

They wrote and published ‘The Art Of Unruly Travel On A Budget’ travel guide book to make travel more accessible to all.

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Holistic Wellness Coach

Chardét Ryel

Chardét Ryel is a holistic wellness coach and international retreat leader. In 2013 she launched with a latin-inspired fitness brand, Corpão, dedicated to bringing bold energy to movement. Since then, she’s supported women to feel powerful in their minds, bodies and lives, wherever the world takes them.

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Her podcast, Feel Good Nakd has been featured in Forbes and ranked in the top 200 wellness shows in the US, UK & Canada.

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Founder, Wanderstay Hospitality Group

Deidre Mathis

 

Deidre Mathis is a hotelier, author, and world traveler. She founded Wanderstay Hospitality Group in 2018, a multi-concept hospitality brand, based in Houston, Texas. Wanderstay Hospitality Group has both a 24-bed hostel and 10-room boutique hotel in its portfolio.

Deidre Mathis made history as the first Black woman to own and operate a hostel in the United States.

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In addition to running an independently owned hospitality company, Mathis is the Director of Wander Abroad Foundation, a 501 (c) (3) organization that provides passports and short-term study abroad opportunities for underrepresented college students. To date, the organization has provided 19 student scholarship programs and 6 student passports.

Having traveled to over 48 countries across all 7 continents (yes, even Antarctica), Mathis understands the importance of obtaining global experiences. Many of Mathis’ early travel experiences are shared in her book, “Wanderlust for The Young, Broke Professional.”

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Creator, Emily Eats and Explores

EMILY COOPER

 

Emily Cooper is an epidemiologist turned full-time traveler and content creator. In 2021, she started her social media platforms and website, Emily Eats and Explores, to teach women how to confidently travel solo.

She has since worked with major travel brands, tourism boards, and travel companies, while hosting her own group trips around the world.

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Today, Emily teaches her community of over 90,000 how they can get paid to travel. She has been featured in Newsweek, Huffpost, and is the co-host of the top travel podcast, Travel Chat with Ashley and Emily.

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Founder: Nomadness Travel Tribe + Nomadness Fest

EVITA ROBINSON

 

In September 2011, Evita created the NOMADNESS Travel Tribe, an award winning online social community primarily for travelers of color. NOMADNESS was the first of its kind targeting Black and brown millennials. The group currently surpasses 30,000 international members, with over a dozen regional ambassadors.

In 2018, NOMADNESS Travel Tribe hosted their first annual festival for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) travelers. NOMADNESS Fest is an immersive experience that celebrates and creates safe spaces for leisure travelers, travel influencers, tour operators, and tourism professionals of color.

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Evita’s accolades include National Geographic’s ‘21 Most Visionary Women Throughout Travel History’, AFAR Travel Vanguard Award recipient, The Root 100, and being noted as one of Entrepreneur Magazine’s 50 Most Daring Entrepreneurs of 2018. Evita was also invited to the White House under the Obama Administration for their meeting of world’s creative change makers, for SXSL (South By South Lawn). In 2017, she was inducted into the third cohort of the TED Residency, and gave her noted TED Talk that June.

She now serves as a media host amplifying BIPOC communities around the world, a screenwriter and producer, keynote speaker, and diversity consultant for destinations and brands.

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Founder, Latina Traveler

Flavia Cornejo

 

Flavia Cornejo, founder of Latina Traveler, is a travel blogger and writer who focuses on solo travel and life abroad and has visited 37 countries so far. She shows and encourages women of color to have unique experiences while visiting secondary cities. She’s currently living in her 6th country abroad, Portugal.

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So far she’s written for Fodor’s and Viator and has been featured on Be Latina, FIERCE by mitú, and Curious Shots. In 2024, she is hosting group trips to various countries to travel with her audience.
Juliana Broste

Award-winning Travel Video Journalist

Juliana Broste

 

Juliana Broste, “TravelingJules,” is an 12x Heartland Emmy award-winning Travel Video Journalist–a producer, shooter, writer, editor and host.

Whether you spot her in front of the camera or behind the lens, you’ll recognize this fierce female filmmaker sporting pink lipstick and an armful of camera gear!

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Jules is on a mission to discover adventures around the world and document them, too. She calls Denver, Colorado, her home and her launchpad, where she springs off to adventures near and far. Her TravelingJules travel vlog chronicles fun things to do around the world.

Maybe you’ve seen Jules on TV on networks like CNN, PBS, Local Now, Matador, Lonely Planet, USA TODAY and beyond. She creates content for tourism boards and travel brands, including dream job assignments for Bumble and Viator. Her enthusiasm and joie de vive inspire travelers to get out of their comfort zone and try new things.

Always up to date on the latest camera tools and trends, Jules shares creative and technical tips on her website, The Video Hustle. She loves to talk tech and team up with brands like Canon, Manfrotto, Adobe, B&H and NAB Show. Jules serves as VP and National Trustee on the Board of Governors for the Heartland Chapter of NATAS. In her spare time, you’ll find Jules snowboarding in Vail where she is a certified instructor. Come along for the adventure with TravelingJules!

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Award-winning Travel Expert

LISA NIVER

 

Lisa Niver is the author of Brave-ish, One Breakup, Six Continents and Feeling Fearless After Fifty. She is an award-winning travel expert who has explored 102 countries on six continents. This University of Pennsylvania graduate sailed across the seas for seven years with Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean, and Renaissance Cruises and spent three years backpacking across Asia.

Discover her articles in publications from AARP: The Magazine and AAA Explorer to WIRED and Wharton Magazine, as well as her site WeSaidGoTravel.

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On her award nominated global podcast, Make Your Own Map, Niver has interviewed Deepak Chopra, Olympic medalists, and numerous bestselling authors, and as a journalist has been invited to both the Oscars and the United Nations. For her print and digital stories as well as her television segments, she has been awarded three Southern California Journalism Awards and two National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards and been a finalist twenty-two times.

Named a #3 travel influencer for 2023, Niver talks travel on broadcast television at KTLA TV Los Angeles, her YouTube channel with over 2 million views, and in her memoir.

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Personal Branding Photographer

LUNA VANDOORNE

 

Luna Vandoorne is a personal branding, real estate and commercial photographer, as well as an Airbnb host with an organic olive farm in Granada, Spain.

She spent her twenties in Playa del Carmen, discovering the digital nomad and yoga community, working as a diving videographer and guiding exclusive photography tours.

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Luna helps entrepreneurs and brands to enhance their image and develop standout content that sets them apart. Join her at the conference for a peek into her world of photography, storytelling, and the exciting adventures that travel brings to her camera.
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Senior Editor, Fodor’s Travel

NIKKI VARGAS

 

Originally from Colombia, Nikki Vargas is a Senior Editor at Fodor’s Travel, Founder of the women’s travel publication, Unearth Women, and a published author represented by the Paradigm Talent Agency.

Her first book, Wanderess, is an extensive women’s travel guide published by Penguin Random House, while her next book, Call You When I Land, is a highly-anticipated travel memoir hitting bookstores this Nov 7th from HarperCollins.

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Nikki’s travel memoir has been touted as one of the best women’s memoirs to come in 2023 by Glamour Magazine.

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Founder, Dreams in Heels and Latinas Who Travel

OLGA MARIA

 

Olga Maria is a professional travel writer, storyteller, and digital nomad who has been inspiring diverse audiences to travel for over 12 years through her award-winning blog, Dreams in Heels.

As founder of the bilingual community Latinas Who Travel and travel editor of Livid Magazine, Olga promotes inclusion and diversity in the travel industry.

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She has hosted travel shows with Hiplatina.com and Belatina.com and been featured in Forbes, BBC, Pop Sugar, Matador Network, Huffington Post, Univision, Telemundo, Latina Magazine and more.

Born with wanderlust and passions for food, coffee, and wine, Olga aims to clarify myths and misconceptions about destinations worldwide and motivate others to travel. By sharing expertise, tips, and stories, she inspires audiences to get out of their comfort zone and experience the life-changing magic of travel.

Olga is dedicated to showing the world how travel can inspire personal growth and fulfillment.

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Founder, The PTO Nomad

SHARINDA WILLIAMS-SIMMONS

 

Sharinda Williams-Simmons, also known as the PTO Nomad, is a travel professional, media personality, content creator, and digital media strategist with over 10 years of experience working in Corporate America. She has traveled to over 30 countries with a full time corporate career.

Sharinda uses social media, curated group trips, and speaking engagements to teach women in Corporate America to take control of their work-life balance, use their paid time off (PTO) strategically, and explore the world.

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Her efforts of empowering women in the workforce has been recognized by respected publications such as ESSENCE Magazine and Travel Noire.

Sharinda has proudly cultivated a digital community of over 300,000 “workwives”.

Sharinda is currently producing a documentary, developing a podcast series that highlights stories of the African diaspora travel, and launching a passport sponsorship program for Women of Color in disadvantaged areas of the United States.

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Award-winning Travel Journalist

Sojourner White

 

Sojourner White is a remote social worker, award-winning travel journalist, and train travel queen. Hailing from Milwaukee, Wisconsin she has been a digital nomad and called both Spain and Germany home.

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

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Sojourner has been featured in Buzzfeed, PopSugar, The Matador Network, and the HuffPost, and written for Travel + Leisure, USA Today, Fodor’s, Insider, Lonely Planet, TripAdvisor, and more.

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Founder, Mejo

Timathea Workman

 

Timathea, is an award winning writer and photographer, writing coach, and adventurer who travels to places that may not be on everyone’s bucket list, but should be. She is currently involved in a project that brings solar lamps to families around the world who have no access to electricity, and splits her time between leading group tours, traveling solo, exploring North America in her custom van, and running annual writing retreats.

She is an avid journal writer and founder of Mejo. World, which publishes travel writing journals.

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She encourages people to follow their dreams, step out of their comfort zones, be curious, and discover what they are capable of. She loves sharing creative ways to use journal writing as a tool to enrich every travel experience and create the trip’s best souvenir. She is very excited to lead the Journal Writing Program at the Women’s Travel Fest this year.

Timathea has explored places around the globe like penguin rookeries in Antarctica, the Martian-like sands of Wadi Rum and pink sandstone cliffs of Petra, remote islands in French Polynesia to dive with sharks, castles in the Scottish Highlands to lead writing workshops, ancient Egyptian temples along the Nile to drink spiced coffee with the Nubian people and their crocodiles, the Impenetrable Forest to observe mountain gorillas in Uganda, Patagonia to track Andean Condors, the mountains of Jabal Sham in Oman to see 5,000 year old petroglyphs, and the street night markets of Chang Mai, Thailand, to try delicious food. She was one of the first foreigners to be allowed into the Kingdom of Bhutan after it had been closed for two and a half years, and as an E.E. Ford Fellowship recipient, was one of the few Western journalists to enter China after the Tiananmen Square protests.

Before focusing on travel and writing full time, she worked in the music industry as a road manager and album cover designer for rock bands, in the film industry as a ghostwriter for A-List actors and special effects researcher for Lucas film, taught high school English and journalism, and raised a son.

So far, she has explored 55 countries, 6 continents, and all but one of the US states.

Embark on a journey of
inspiration and empowerment.

Embark on a journey of
inspiration and empowerment.

PLAYA DEL CARMEN, MEXICO

FEBRUARY 16-19, 2024