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STS: Tell us a little bit about yourself? What are some of your passions? What are some of your travel goals?
KWANDIA: I am small town country girl from Athens, Alabama that moved to Atlanta right after graduating from high school. I am a graduate of Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia with a BA in Psychology. I am currently residing in Huntsville, Alabama. I have worked in property management for about fifteen years, and I really love what I do! I am an extroverted introvert. I love people, but too much “peopling” will stress me out! I love to laugh, but I can also be very serious when I need to be.
I have a big heart for God and for the community. I love volunteering in the community when I can. I am somewhat of a free spirit, but at the same time, I dislike the unknown. I guess you could say that I am a spontaneous planner. I am a big family person! I love my family and try to spend every moment that I can with them.
PASSIONS:
Community!! I volunteer for quite a few non-profit organizations in my area as well as I am an Executive Board Member for the local chapter of the Cross in Huntsville. I believe in giving-whether in your time, your talents, or financially. If everyone took time to give back to their community, we could make a serious impact to the greater good!
TRAVEL GOALS:
To get lost traveling internationally. I want to be able to get away and just soak up the culture of other people.
STS: What are some of the things you must enjoy about solo travel?
KWANDI: Sleep! No, but seriously, I always like to check out the local spots
STS: Tell us about your most recent solo travel adventure, where did you go?
KWANDI: Most recent solo travel was to the Seabreeze Jazz Festival in Panama City, FL. No time at all. I have traveled there before.
STS: What are some of your biggest takeaways from your solo journeys as a Sister Traveling Solo?
KWANDI:Enjoy yourself!!!! Life is short and you only get one life to live. Live it to its fullest!
STS: Tell us what was it about STS that made you want to go from being a member to being on our STS team?
KWANDI:
I loved all of the positive vibes in the group and felt as if it was something worth making a long term investment in being a part of the team.
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STS: Tell us a little bit about yourself? What are some of your passions? What are some of your travel goals?
LOLA: I live in Honolulu, Hawaii. I’ve lived here for 18 years and love it. I can have a staycation every weekend! I live here with my teenage daughter, partner and dog Princess Moonpie. When I’m not working with STS I am an event planner and theater professional focusing on choreography, play writing and directing.
I love reading, dance, art, writing, theater, burlesque, listening to podcasts, and food. My goal is to see as much of the world as possible. I love learning about other cultures and I love food. Since I’m a theatrical arts lover, I try to see as many productions as I can every time I travel. On the top of my list is Moulin Rouge and Crazy Horse in Paris.
STS: What are some of the things you must enjoy about solo travel?
LOLA: I love escaping and catching up on my alone time. I typically explore while listening to audiobooks and podcasts. Solitude rejuvenates me.
STS: Tell us about your most recent solo travel adventure, where did you go?
LOLA: I went to Japan in March. I visited Osaka and Kyoto which was a longtime dream of mine. Japan is such a beautiful country and I enjoyed my time there.
STS: How long did it take you to adapt to your surroundings? Did you find it difficult to get adjusted?
LOLA:I adjust to my surroundings pretty easily. I usually research where I’m going ahead of time so I understand the culture.
STS: What are some of your biggest takeaways from your solo journeys as a Sister Traveling Solo?
LOLA:I’m no longer scared to travel alone! I love group travel too but traveling alone made me realize I don’t need others to explore somewhere new.
STS: Tell us what was it about STS that made you want to go from being a member to being on our STS team?
LOLA:
STS inspired me to be fearless and make my travel dreams come true. I wanted to get involved because I want to participate in the mission on empowering other women to travel.
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STS: Tell us a little bit about yourself? What are some of your passions? What are some of your travel goals?
MICHELLE: I was born in Castries, Saint Lucia in the Caribbean, raised in Brooklyn, New York and currently reside in New Jersey. I come from a tech background and hold a Masters degree in Information Systems from New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT).
Before that, I served 4 years active duty in the United States Army. I'm married to a Prince (yes a real Prince!) from the Mossi ethnic group in Burkina Faso and I hope to relocate there in the next few years.
I'm passionate about volunteering in Africa and have completed 4 volunteer missions so far and hope to continue throughout the continent as one of my travel goals. My leisure travel goal for 2019 is to visit the Seychelles, so please cross your fingers for me everyone!.
STS: Tell us what it was about Sisters Traveling Solo that made you want to go from being a member to being on the STS team?
MICHELLE: I really wanted to become a part of the Sisters Traveling Solo team because I have tons of solo travel & organizational experience and felt like I would be able to positively contribute to an already dynamic, professional and organized team
STS: Tell us about your most recent solo trip. Where did you go?
MICHELLE: My most recent solo trip was to Rwanda this year. I spent some time in Rwamagana, Kigali and Kitabi and absolutely enjoyed myself. Rwanda is by far one of the cleanest, most hospitable countries that I've been to and I will be returning to visit my friends there, to continue volunteering and for the fresh passion fruit juice every morning.
STS: What do you enjoy most about Sisters Traveling Solo?
MICHELLE: It's very hard to only pick one or two things that I love about this group, but I'll do my best.
I love the theme of the trips that are organized, from the 7 Wonders of the World to the idea of partnering with local women's groups for the traditional trips. I love that no one has all the answers, but somehow, some way, we all have the answers to almost any and every travel question/destination collectively.
And lastly, but perhaps most importantly, the warm welcome that every new member receives.
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STS: Tell us a little bit about yourself? What are some of your passions? What are some of your travel goals?
MARIA: I’m from Brooklyn, New York. I'm a workforce development manager focusing on organizational development for health care transformation projects. I love my work because it is people focused and helps organizations understand the value of communication and relationships.
I hold a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from Columbia University. I’m an avid runner. I started running in 2015 and completed the NYC marathon in 2017. I am a proud “back of the pack runner”- It’s about finishing the race not how fast of a runner you are.This year I am a pace leader with two running groups (Black Girls Run and Galloway NYC). I would like to combine my love for running and travel – “runcations”. My next goal is to complete an international half marathon in 2019.
My travel experience is pretty average to say the least. Solo trips had never been something I was able to do before. There were always hesitations about my safety or what was I going to do by myself. My friends and family would ask me why would I want to travel alone or “what was wrong” that I would even consider traveling alone. I totally bought in to the stigma of traveling alone and let it hold me back.
I look forward to breaking those barriers and helping others do the same.
STS: Tell us what it was about Sisters Traveling Solo that made you want to go from being a member to being on the STS team?
MARIA: I had never heard of STS until it came across my Facebook feed. The company title alone spoke directly to me! I joined the FB page thinking that it would be a good resource for trip ideas. However, it’s become so much more than that. I never expected to connect with the community over stories of their anxieties of traveling alone. I love hearing other women’s stories about overcoming fears about traveling. We come from all over and yet share the same experiences and fears. It’s wonderful to see everyone’s travel photos but my favorite photo is that one taken on the plane on the way to their destination. Those facial expressions say it all!
My desire to be a part of the STS team came from the support demonstrated by the FB community. I know the focus is on travel but I also see it being about personal growth. I see STS as an opportunity to empower women and give them the confidence to travel alone or in a group.
STS: Tell us about your most recent solo trip. Where did you go?
MARIA: Last year in February, I went to my favorite city in the world so far - New Orleans. I went thereto compete in two running events. It started out with about 5 of us signing up for this trip. I didn't waste any time, I booked my flight and my hotel and got my stuff in order almost 6 or 7 months ahead of time. The closer it got to the trip, the more people dropped out so I ended up going solo. Needless to say I was disappointed, anxious, scared, and felt like cancelling the trip multiple times including the day before. But I reflected on it and I decided to go for it. I was also really psyched for my first out of town race. I needed this trip to help break my fear of traveling alone.
As I stepped off the plane I could literally feel my feet tingling. I felt weird, nervous, but crazy excited and happy that I was breaking through my anxieties along the way. I completed my races, shopped, dined out, and danced on Bourbon Street! I met people all along the way and had conversations with natives and tourists alike. I was invited by other runners for excursions and drinks. I had a blast and, more than that, I felt a great about myself. A weight was lifted from my shoulders as I experienced a personal growth moment. It really motivated me to make plans for solo travel in the future.
My upcoming trips are: Miami (July), Charlotte (September), and Seattle (October).
STS: What do you enjoy most about Sisters Traveling Solo?
MARIA: At this time I would have to say the FB community. The support and camaraderie is different from what I’ve experienced with other groups. It’s a safe, positive, and productive environment for all women.
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