WHOA Travel founders Allison Fleece and Danielle Thornton on Mount Kilimanjaro. All photos courtesy of WHOA
No one climbs Mount Kilimanjaro alone, and no one knows that better than the founders of WHOA Travel. Women High on Adventure creators Allison Fleece and Danielle Thornton are travel-loving friends who met while climbing Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak, in February 2013. Tackling one of the world’s toughest summits together was so life-altering, they knew they wanted to share the experience with others. So upon returning to New York, they quit their jobs and started an adventure travel company with a mission to motivate women to step out of their comfort zones … and onto the tallest freestanding mountain in the world.
In the spirit of empowering women, WHOA Travel led a group of 28 women from 9 countries to the roof of Africa on International Women’s Day earlier this year. Not only did all 28 women make it to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro, but they even danced their way to the summit. Led by the mountain’s first local female guide, the group raised more than $10,000 to support women’s educational programs in Kenya and Tanzania. Now, Allison and Danielle are gearing up to lead another group of women to the summit on International Women’s Day in 2015.
We caught up with daring adventuresses between climbing mountains to find out what other WHOA-inspiring trips they’re leading, how their high-altitude dance-party tradition began, and the surprising item they never head back to Mount Kilimanjaro without (hint: it’s not a power bar).
Photo Courtesy of Clint Johnston
We appreciate world travelers who fly for free and never pay full price. That’s why we decided to talk to Clint Johnston, author of The Art of Travel Hacking and blogger for his website, Triphackr.com. Clint enjoys sharing tips and money-saving advice after traveling to more than 60 countries. In addition to writing for TravelChannel.com, Clint has had work appear on the Huffington Post and in Wired.
It’s clear when talking to Clint that he is a savvy, immersive traveler who enjoys unusual experiences such as kite-surfing in Brazil, meeting a Haitian voodoo priest and witnessing everyday life in Palestine firsthand. Clint doesn’t travel to add another fresh stamp to his passport; he relishes the priceless culture experiences and off-the-beaten-path excursions that really define travel.
You’ll be surprised to find out what sparked Clint’s love for travel, what’s next on his bucket list, what travel gear he never leaves home without, and what advice he has for first-time travelers.
Jay Fielden in his office at Town & Country Travel. Photo by Patrick McMullan.
He’s on a mission to bring back the intoxication and seduction of travel one story at a time. Jay Fielden, editor-in-chief of the newly resurrected Town & Country Travel, is more than ready for his big job of reinventing what a travel magazine can be — a portal that transports you to another world. While Town & Country might be known for catering to the well-heeled and glamorous — and its Travel extension doesn’t shy away from exclusive insider places, either — the innate curiosity of every traveler at heart will be intrigued by the stories behind those faraway, exotic destinations and people.
So if you can’t jet to Venice for a martini at Harry’s Bar, Fielden wants to make sure you’re still enraptured in the geopolitics of the martini arriving in Italy. (And who says you can’t drink a martini as you read the story on your couch?)
We caught up with the busy editor find out how his small-town San Antonio roots prepared him for New York’s glamorous magazine world, the one item he can’t imagine traveling without, and the café in Paris that may have just turned his 8-year-old daughter into a young Francophile. READ MORE
Photo Courtesy of Teri Johnson
Anyone who has met Teri Johnson in person will quickly notice the unique style of this well-traveled woman. In fact, her Travelista mantra is what helped her land a gig as the host of Travel Channel’s 11-part original web series, Fall in the Finger Lakes.
Teri is the creator, host and executive producer of Travelista TV, an online video network that focuses on travel, culture, lifestyle and entertainment. In addition to making an appearance on Travel Channel’s Stuff Rich People Like, Teri has shared her travel and fashion expertise with other notable networks and media outlets, including NBC, Fine Living, BET, TVOne, Huffington Post, Uptown Magazine, Four Seasons Magazine and Ebony Magazine.
This young travel blogger has crisscrossed the world to meet new people, immerse herself in different cultures and experience local traditions and customs — all done with class and sophistication. We thought it would be fun to find out where Teri’s travels have taken her, and of course, get the scoop about her Travelista brand.
Mickela dances with women celebrating at the Asrlar Sadosi Festival in Navoi, Uzbekistan.
Whose dream isn’t to dance around the world? Mickela Mallozzi, host and creator of the travel TV series Bare Feet, ”experiences the world one dance at time,” and boy, are we jealous. From reconnecting with her family’s roots while folk dancing in Italy to sweating it out with locals dancing salsa in Puerto Rico, Mickela discovers how different cultures express themselves without words.
A classically trained dancer, Mickela has performed on various other TV shows, including Sesame Street, the Today show and The Dr. Oz show, and she is the co-director of the Women’s Travel Fest, an annual conference for inspiring and connecting women through travel.
We caught up with Mickela — between her Riverdancing in Ireland and getting intimate with Argentines over tango — to chat about the intersection of travel, dance and culture.
Find out how Mickela got hooked on dancing around the world, how dance enthusiasts (read: amateur dancers) can join her as she moves around the globe, and what country she thinks has the best dancers. (Hint: It’s not the US.)
Photo Courtesy of Alex Chacón
Hitting the road on a motorcycle can be a major adrenaline rush, and for Alex Chacón, viewing the world from the seat of his motorcycle is the only way to travel. This adventure videographer and photographer lives to ride on the open road and is committed to documenting his adventures while raising awareness and money for charitable organizations. In fact, his most famous charitable expedition was a 500-day solo trip from Alaska to Argentina to raise money for the Children of Uganda in Africa.
In addition to his charitable efforts, Alex also owns Your Expedition South, a motorcycle travel consulting business that offers advice and occasionally leads motorcycle tours in Latin America. We wanted to catch up with this unique adventurer for Our Type of Traveler and understand why Alex is at his happiest when traveling on a motorcycle, even after clocking hundreds of miles. Buckle up and enjoy this ride.
Fathom co-founder Jeralyn Gerba on a boat in Burma.
You know that cool friend of yours who always knows the best bench for people-watching in every city or the greatest little hole-in-the-wall bar down the alley that you would never find? That’s Jeralyn Gerba, co-founder and editorial director of Fathom — only she knows even more benches and bars than your cool friend. In fact, the entire Fathom travel website is full of insider recommendations, inspiring stories and unexpected itineraries.
Former DailyCandy editors Jeralyn and Pavia Rosati teamed up in July 2011 to create Fathom with an editorial motto to “focus on places we like, writers we trust, and stories that move us.” That genuine approach captured the travel space’s attention, winning the Society of American Travel Writers’ bronze medal for best online travel journalism site in 2013.
We tracked down Jeralyn — while she was in between logging airline miles, relocating her office to Spoleto, Italy, for 2 months, and mapping sushi joints in Japan — to chat about all things travel.
Photo Courtesy of Chris Burkard
I was up late trying to beat a bad case of insomnia when I saw Carson Daly’s interview with pro photographer Chris Burkard, who apparently has a knack for traveling to the most remote corners of the Earth to capture his travels, nature and usually, surfers in action.
Based in San Luis Obispo, CA, Chris is a senior staff photographer for Surfer Magazine, and contributes regularly to various international publications and brands like Patagonia. The self-taught photographer and artist has worked on 3 book projects: Distant Shores: Surfing the Ends of the Earth, The California Project and Plight of the Torpedo People.
I was inspired and amazed by Chris’ work and thought it would be fun to find out more about the man behind the lens of so many awe-inspiring photos.
Our Type of Traveler, Matt Stabile, meets a monk near Darjeeling.
Founder and editor-in-chief of TheExpeditioner.com, one of the largest independent travel sites in the world, Matt Stabile is Our Type of Traveler. Balancing a full-time career as a lawyer, managing a robust travel website and hosting a travel web series, Matt’s overflowing plate begs the question, “How does he do it all?”
It seems that the same limitless energy and attention to detail that makes a great lawyer also makes a great traveler. When we caught up with the globe-trotting attorney to find out how he juggles both worlds, the New Yorker explained that he funnels his boundless energy into documenting his travels when he’s not working on a case. “I have a disorder that doesn’t allow me to relax, even while on vacation, so naturally, I would turn my travels into as much work as possible,” confesses Matt.
And the travel world seems to be happy Matt can’t sit still — his online web series, featuring his travels around the world, has been viewed more than 1 million times on YouTube.
Find out how Matt “unplugs” from lawyer life, what destinations he recommends for those short on time and money and where he hangs out when he’s home.
All photos courtesy of Sonia Gill
A self-described language geek, entrepreneur and an award-winning travel web series host, Sonia Gil is Our Type of Traveler.
Founder of the digital language learning company Fluenz, and host of “Sonia’s Travels” web series, Sonia shows that you can travel the world and enrich your life without breaking the bank. With a mission to “crack the secret code of cities,” “Sonia’s Travels” uncovers the local flavor of destinations, avoiding the tourist-trodden spots, to dig deeper to find the true soul of a city.
Sharing her love of language, Sonia’s projects include the non-profit Fluenz.org that distributes free English language programs for people in need. Recently, Sonia partnered with Lonely Planet to create FluentRoad.com, a unique online program for travelers interested in learning travel Spanish.
Sonia also has her own video series “Almost Free” on Ulive.com. As winner of the Webby Award for “Web Personality of the Year” in 2012, Sonia continues to “recapture the small moments that add up to the art of travel.”
We caught up with Sonia on the road to find out about all those small, but meaningful moments in her travels: