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NYC: Women’s Travel Fest March 8, 2014

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The Women’s Travel Fest is a one-day event on International Women’s Day March 8, 2014 that will inspire you to take on the world and find more meaning in your travels.

Been thinking about traveling but feel intimidated? Want to get passionate about finding your place in the world? Hoping to meet other awesome, empowered female travelers? This is the festival for you!

Presented by Go! Girl Guides, the Women’s Travel Fest will get you pumped to travel as we share knowledge and tips on everything from how to travel through the Middle East as a woman to body image and sexuality abroad. We’re coming together to talk openly about the things that just aren’t addressed elsewhere, so that you can feel inspired, empowered and make newfound travel connections.  Samantha Brown and many other exciting speakers are on the schedule. Who do you want to meet?

How did this get started?

The Women’s Travel Fest is a one-day event that aims to inspire & empower women to travel the world, and help them make newfound travel connections.

The idea was born in 2011 while founder Kelly Lewis was on a press trip in Thailand along with Jerri Stephenson of Do It While You’re Young. Both women’s travel writers, the two started wondering why a festival like this had never been done, but it wasn’t until 2013, after Kelly had completed a successful cross-country book tour, that the wheels began turning.

While on tour, Kelly connected with women of all ages (from 12-82!) who were in different phases of life but were equally as interested in finding out more about traveling safely. She heard the same thing over and over again, “I want to travel, but…” and as she worked her way across the country, the inspiration and energy that came from these discussions gave her goosebumps.

After she moved to NYC and met Mickela Mallozzi and Masha Vapnitchnaia, the three recognized it was time to do this on a bigger scale, and thus, the Women’s Travel Fest was born. We are so excited for the first-ever Women’s Travel Festival, and the support and energy we’re already receiving reaffirms to us that this event will be truly magical. We can’t wait to see you there!

KellyKelly Lewis: Founder 

Originally from Hawaii, Kelly is the founder of Go! Girl Guides, which publishes the world’s first series of travel guidebooks made just for women. The company was created in early 2011 and is dedicated to helping women travel the world safely and affordably. Go! Girl Guides has published titles on Thailand, Mexico, Argentina and London, with titles on NYC and Costa Rica forth-coming.

 

Mickela Mallozzi Overlook headshot Mickela Mallozzi: Co-Director

Originally the assistant to one of the world’s most famous metal rock bands (Slipknot), Mickela quit her job to start a journey around the world, taking her camera with her to follow dance in the lives of everyday people wherever she went. She is the host and producer of Bare Feet™ , a travel/dance web series where she ‘experiences the world, one dance at a time.’  She is a classically trained dancer as well as a trained musician and is very much inspired by folk dances from around the globe. Mickela and the Bare Feet™ web series have been featured in The New York TimesDance MagazineYahoo! TravelTravel + EscapeAmerican ExpressAFAR MediaMatador, Expedia, Travelocity and more!  She has performed on various television shows including Sesame Street, The Doctor Oz ShowTBS’s Movie and a Makeover, and she has performed in prestigious venues such as Central Park’s Summer Stage and the Kaufmann Concert Hall.

WTF_Masha's photo  Masha Vapnitchnaia: Co-Director

Born in the USSR, raised in the Bronx, educated on three continents in three languages, Masha often struggles with her identity and her plane fare. Her love of Indian folk dancing, Buddhist temples in Tibet and Amok curries in Cambodia have further complicated the issue. Currently, she is preparing for a year of walking pilgrimages around the world covering no less than 5,000 miles. Her feet will leave their mark in Tanzania, follow in the footsteps of Alexander the Great in Turkey, walk around Mt. Kailash in Tibet, enter 88 temples in Japan and trek to Machu Picchu in Peru. In addition, she hopes to find herself walking in France, Palestine, India, Antarctica, and in Spain for one more month-long stroll along the Camino de Santiago. Follow her as she makes her way at unlikelypilgrim.com

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Lisa Ellen Niver, MA is a teacher, traveler, author, speaker and social media ninja who has traveled to over 100 countries and six continents. She is a frequent author in the Huffington Post, USA Today, Wharton Business Magazine, National Geographic, The Jewish Journal among many other publications. She is the founder of We Said Go Travel, a global online community of over 1400 writers with articles from every continent. As a 2012 nominee for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching, she received commendations from US Senator Barbara Boxer as well as Fran Pavley, Holly Mitchell, Eric Garcetti from California State Senate, and Assembly, and the Los Angeles City Council. She founded in 2009 the Los Angeles Science Teachers Network with teachers participating from over 70 schools, runs the Science Isn't Scary website and operated the Simply Science camp. She was featured on KTLA National TV on the program Career Day, a show that shares great careers for teens and was invited to speak as an expert on three different radio programs about global citizens, international education and the PISA test. She holds MA. and M.Ed degrees in education and graduated Cum Laude from the University of Pennsylvania. She is certified in California single and multiple subjects. She is currently working on the new Nickelodeon television show, Bella and the Bulldogs.

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