A few weeks ago, I joined a new (to me) group called She’s Wanderful.
She’s Wanderful is an “international membership community of independent, adventurous, globally minded women who travel,” says their website. Ding! Ticks every box for me.
They have chapters, events, and trips. Far as I can tell, I’m the only person in New Mexico who has signed up, so at the moment, there are no regular events or meetings near me, but I have signed up to be a Wanderful hostess.
They have a home-sharing program in which you can sign up to host people in your home. Since my one-bedroom apartment is barely big enough for me, I won’t be hosting any overnight guests, but I’ve volunteered to show visitors around Albuquerque.
I’ve done this before. When I lived in New York, I was a Big Apple Greeter. Not being a native New Yorker, I had to study up on New York history and anecdotes so that I could take visitors around and tell them about various neighborhoods. I met lots of interesting people from all over the world.
I haven’t been contacted by any visitors to Albuquerque yet, but I’d love to do the same thing here.
Recently, I took a continuing education class on travel tips. I didn’t glean a lot of new information, but in the class, there were a couple of people who had traveled to all 50 US states. My thought? Hmm, add to bucket list?
I’ve been to 32 states, so I’m 18 short.
She’s Wanderful has an annual Women in Travel Summit. This year, it’s being held at the end of this month in Milwaukee. It’s open to travel bloggers and influencers, writers, entrepreneurs, and industry and brand representatives.
Though my blog isn’t strictly about travel, unless I actually happen to be traveling, I decided to attend this conference. By web standards, I’m not an “influencer,” but who knows? I may have influenced somebody, somewhere, sometime to to go to Chile, to pack lighter, to be brave enough to travel solo, or to try something new.
I’m a woman. I’m a blogger. I like to travel. And I’ve never been to Milwaukee. Reasons enough.