Every few months, another group of amazing women joins our Wanderful community as leaders. They help connect women travelers together in their hometowns, build partnerships and relationships with other organizations and businesses, and grow our global sisterhood. We wouldn’t be anywhere without them — and we are so excited as we welcome another cohort of amazing organizers to the Wanderful network!
Here they are.
Born in Ecuador, Gabriela has loved travel since she first moved to Spain at age 3. She has since then lived in Canada, Germany and Florida. She loves to collect languages – she’s working on her 5th – enjoys connecting people, is fiercely passionate about social justice and sustainable & ethical travel. Gabriela is currently living in Barcelona and working in the tourism sector.
Wanderful Los Angeles: Karisma Shackelford + Nailah Hayward
Karisma fell in love with travel as a young child watching the popular 80’s and 90’s PBS show, Reading Rainbow, where the characters would look on the pages of the book and see a photo of a beautiful travel destination and when the characters jumped into the book they would magically be there. Her love for travel grew into her passion and continued into her adulthood where she first traveled the U.S.A. and when she became a mother she began to world school her son. Most recent they have visited India, Indonesia, Costa Rica, Turks & Caicos, Taiwan & Jamaica.
When she is not traveling the world, she’s thinking about her next trip, helping others make their dreams of traveling come true, running her online business and writing articles for her lifestyle & travel blog. – hashtag: #gottahavekarisma
Even before her first experience abroad in Tokyo as a college student, Nailah had an unceasing passion for travel. Whether it’s to see the sights, learn a language, visit friends or embark on an adventure, Nailah is always on a trip or in the process of planning the next one. When she’s not on the road, Nailah lives in sunny Los Angeles, a city she has called home since 2002.
A project manager by trade, she also writes for her travel blog called There’s So Much to See which focuses on international travel and teaches and trains the Brazilian martial art of Capoeira. As a frequent solo traveler, Nailah has a strong appreciation for Wanderful and its support of women travelers of all ages and backgrounds wherever they may roam. She is excited to be a part of developing a Wanderful chapter for women travelers based in the Los Angeles area.
Wanderful Puebla: Stephanie Kempker Edri
Steph is a serial expat who has settled in Puebla, Mexico. She’s a travel and expat lifestyle blogger and part-time master’s degree student in counseling. She’s full-time obsessed with dogs, gardening, and vegetarianizing every cuisine she experiences.
Wanderful New York: Kate Baxter
Kate Baxter works in educational administration and pursues travel as a passion project in her free time. Kate’s interest in travel was fostered from a young age and grew as a college student during her time studying abroad in the UK. Over the past decade since graduating from college, she has continued exploring with friends, family, and solo in order to expand her knowledge of the world and indulge her interests in architecture and art history in particular. Some of Kate’s favorite destinations recently were Cuba, Hungary, and Iceland. She’s excited to work to build out the NYC Wanderful chapter this year.
Congratulations and a big welcome to our newest organizers and leaders!
Have you joined a Wanderful chapter yet?
If you haven’t, this is an amazing way to meet other women who love to travel near you. Our Wanderful chapters include locals, expats and new residents, and even travelers just passing through!
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Don’t see a Wanderful chapter in your city?
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